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Probate Solicitors

Probate is the process of dealing with the assets of a person who has died. Before the Executor or any person named in the Will can claim any of the deceased’s assets, they may have to apply for Probate. When this has been granted, the assets can then be dealt with either in accordance with deceased’s Will, or in accordance with the law if a Will was not in place.

Please call us now on 01603 672222 for a no-obligation conversation today or Click Here To Make An Online Enquiry.

What if there is no Will?

When someone dies without a Will, the rules of Intestacy apply and determine who is entitled to deal with the estate as well as who is set to inherit from the estate. It is important that the correct person is appointed as the personal representative of the estate, and so if you are unsure of this then we are happy to help. The process to follow is very similar to that of obtaining a Grant of Probate. However, whereas the Executor’s authority in the case of where the deceased had a Will, derives from the Will. Whereas the authority of the administrator of an intestate estate derives from the Letters of Administration granted by the Probate Registry.

What are the stages of Probate?

The main stages of Probate are:

  • Informing interested parties
  • Collating and valuing the estate
  • Paying Inheritance Tax
  • Applying for the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration
  • Gather and liquidate assets, pay any debts and then distribute the estate in accordance with the Will or Intestacy Rules
  • Pay any debts from the estate
  • Distribute the estate in accordance with the Will or Intestacy rules

When do I need a Probate Solicitor?

It is not compulsory to use a Probate Lawyer or Solicitor, but it can help to ease the burden during a difficult time. If you have been named as Executor, or if your loved one did not have a Will, you may need help to complete Probate for their estate. This can be a complicated and confusing process with a great deal of responsibility attached. In addition, the Executors can be personally liable for the estate if it is not dealt with correctly. Being an Executor or an administrator can be an onerous task which comes at a time when people are grieving.

There are certain instances when you may wish to employ the services of a Probate Solicitor:

  • The estate’s value is over the inheritance tax (IHT) threshold
  • The estate is still earning an income, and there are taxes due
  • The deceased died without a Will
  • The validity of the Will is in doubt
  • The deceased had descendants that have been left out of the Will but may wish to make a claim on the estate
  • The estate is insolvent (bankrupt)
  • The estate has complex arrangements, such as assets in a Trust, foreign property, or foreign assets
  • The deceased lived outside the UK

We are Specialist Probate Solicitors, with considerable experience in this field. If you need advice on any aspect of Probate, please get in touch. We are happy to work with you and involve ourselves as little or as much as you wish.

How much do Probate services cost?

The cost of our Specialist Probate serves an depend on the value and the complexity of the deceased’s estate.  We offer a fixed price Probate service based on a small percentage of the value of the estate. If you would like more details about our fees, please contact us.

What is Contested Probate?

It is hard enough when a loved one dies, but it is even harder when the contents of their Will is disappointing to you or another family member.

It may be possible to contest a relative’s Will once they have died, depending on personal circumstances and the relationship that had been between the relative and the deceased.

If you are the Executor of an estate which is being contested, then we can help too. In such a case the estate is likely to bear the costs of defending any claim, but you need to be aware of the prospects of success for any such claim in order for you to make right decisions on dealing with it.

We are very experienced in these types of matter. We can guide you through the minefield of issues to ensure you are protected personally if beneficiaries are unhappy with any such decisions. Please see our Contested Probate page for further guidance.

We are here to help you

We understand that having to deal with a loved one’s estate so soon after their death can be distressing, and we are here to help with all matters connected with obtaining a Grant of Probate and finalising a person’s affairs.

How we can help

The process may involve the valuation of assets, paying debts and liabilities, arranging funerals, and dealing with Income Tax, Capital Gains Tax and Inheritance Tax. We are happy to deal with these matters for you to ensure that everything is done correctly and efficiently. 

Please call us now on 01603 672222 for a no-obligation conversation today or Click Here To Make An Online Enquiry.


"You couldn’t improve the service, it was faultless. I found dealing with Simper Law an absolute pleasure from the first phone call to completion of my Will. Everyone I spoke  to was helpful and friendly and Kim made the whole process easy and stress free. Many thanks and I won’t hesitate to recommend you."

Client: Mrs Loveday

"Very informative and clear. The Solicitor fully understood out requirements. Everything was completed to our satisafction in a suitable timeframe. The service and the delivery of the service was exemplary. First class from all concerned. It was apparent from the first meeting that we had chosen well in approaching Simper Law. First class knowledge and customer care at all times. Very attentative, helpful and efficient."

Client: Mr and Mrs Hall

“Nothing could be improved with the service. Extremely satisfied.”

Client: Mrs B Laidler

“Our Wills were dealt with very quickly. Thank you, Sally.”

Client: Mr & Mrs F.

“We saw Sally Riches for assistance in drawing up new Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney. Our objectives were completely understood and Sally went the extra mile in providing a good service for us. Sally is friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. Thank you for all your help.”

Client: Mr & Mrs J.

“I was delighted by the prompt response and the friendly helpful service we received. Thank you.”

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"Victoria is the perfect Solicitor and will fight your corner every step of the way. Victoria has a way of making you feel at ease and you are made to feel like you are the most important person in the world, I highly recommend Simper Law."

Client: Tracey Bellward

"Victoria was able to take the emotion out of my case and look at it objectively, with a view to minimising my costs. I’ve worked with a few Solicitors in the past who take the opposite approach. I’m more than happy to recommend and pass on to friends and family."

Client: John Graham

"I would like to pass on my thanks to the team at Simper Law for the handling of an outstanding debt to my business.
Victoria was able to achieve more in a week than I was able to in a year! I cannot fault the level of customer service or professionalism throughout the process and what sometimes can be a very stressful procedure was anything but. If I have another issue like this arises in the future then Simper Law will be my first point of call and I would recommend them to family, friends and colleagues without hesitation."

Client: Niall Secker

"I'm so very grateful to Kim and her team for helping me to make a will that covered my wishes. Kim is a naturally caring person and made me feel at ease from the start. All questions were answered factually, but with compassion. Now I feel I can rest at ease in the knowledge that all is in order on this front. I was very worried at the idea of this experience, but I had no need to be -at all."

Client: Anthony Joseph

"I would like to thank Kim for her patience and advice in putting together a somewhat complicated Will and have no hesitation whatever in recommending Simper Law to anyone needed a friendly professional service."

Client: Doreen Avellino

"Best Solicitors I’ve dealt with, friendly, very easy to deal with and never trying to get you to do something you didn’t want. Exceptional."

Client: Paul Horrex

"Outstanding service from all at Simper Law- A total pleasure to deal with from first contact to completion. Not only professional in all respects, but just the right touch to leave you confident and completely at ease. Kim and her lovely team offer an impressive service second to none."

Client: Carol Rose

"I highly recommend Sally Riches at Simper Law. Her dealings with me throughout the Will writing process were professional, timely, efficient, helpful, clear and pleasant.
It was a task I was dreading and Sally made it easier and more effortless than I imagined it could be. Thank you."

Client: Sandra Boatman

"Thanks again Danielle- you’ve done a fantastic job on this - great communication and professional efficiency throughout the process for which we are very grateful."

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