Guiding you through the probate process.

If you’re administering the estate of someone who’s passed away, we’ll take you through the process of obtaining a grant of probate, and any additional help you need to respect the deceased’s wishes in a fair and timely way.

Probate is too complicated.

We make everything simpler.

Our experts will look closely at your case to give you clear, simple advice – including whether a grant of probate is necessary at all. This depends on many things, such as the size of the estate or whether any assets are owned jointly. Or, if there is no will, we can help you gain a letter of administration to handle the deceased’s assets.

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When someone dies, it may be necessary to obtain a grant of probate (or letters of administration if there is no will), in order to deal with the deceased’s estate.

Whether or not probate is required depends on different factors, for example, the size of the estate or what assets are owned by the deceased when they die, or whether or not those assets are owned jointly.

It may be that the administration of the estate is quite straight forward and you only need our help in obtaining the grant. If, however, you need additional help in administering the estate, please follow the link to our Administration of Estates section of this website for further guidance.

Our expert Wills, Probate & Lifetime Planning Team have been advising clients in respect of trusts and probate for many years. We understand that you may be able to administer the estate yourself and just need a little advice in obtaining the grant and we are happy to help as much or as little as is necessary. If you just need the grant and no more, that is what we will do and in most circumstances we should be able to quote you a fixed fee for the work.

 

 

Specialist support, complete understanding.

Our Wills, Probate & Lifetime Planning Team have many years’ experience in trusts and probate. We also understand that everyone is different. So we’re happy to help if you just need advice in obtaining the grant yourself. Alternatively, we can take care of every part of the application, so you can focus on supporting your family at a difficult time.

With many of our Team being members of STEP (the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), we have all the expertise and experience that you need to guide you through the process. We can complete the necessary inheritance tax forms, prepare the oath and make the application for the grant, leaving you to focus on what matters most...you and your family, at such a difficult and distressing time.

 
 

We’ll advise you on:

Probate – what it is and how long it can take

Power of Attorney – applications and costs

The Office of the Public Guardian

Court of Protection

Probate forms

International probate law

Grant of probate

Executor of will

Wills

Death certificates

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We understand that planning for the future and protecting your loved ones, is one of the most important things we will prepare for. Our trusted and compassionate team are able to advise and put into place all of the foundations for you and your family, keeping you updated at all times.

- Kim Carr

If you have an enquiry in relation to Wills, Trusts and Probate or simply want to speak to a member of our expert team, please get in touch.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A Grant of Probate is a legal document authorises an Executor to administer the deceased’s estate in accordance their Will. Probate is now used as a generic term when administering an estate but technically, a Grant of Probate is only obtained when there is a Will.  Where a deceased died without a Will, the equivalent is called a Grant of Letters of Administration.

If a valid Will was in place at the time of the deceased’s death, then whoever they named as Executor in the Will able to apply for Probate. If there was no Will in place at the time of your loved one’s death, you will have to apply for a Grant of Letters of Administration to become the ‘Administrator’.

This is entirely reliant on the type of assets comprising the estate and whether there are any other complexities in the administration (such as family disputes, shareholding and assets owned abroad). 

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What Our Clients Say
 

We were really pleased with Mr Fuller who dealt with our wills and Power of Attorney. He explained everything to us clearly and in detail, and was very helpful. He answered our questions and helped us to understand the full implications of both. We are very satisfied with the results from our meeting with Mr Fuller.

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The thought of making a will filled me with apprehension but after our first meeting with Christina Polychronakis all fears were dispelled. Christina was excellent. She explained everything very clearly. The process was done exactly as we wanted. I would defiantly recommend Christina and FBC Manby Bowdler.

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Excellent service. From the initial contact it was a pleasure to have Victoria dealing with this. Her patience and understanding installed a confidence in me that the right person was dealing with this matter. I would be very happy for Victoria to deal with any future requirements I may have.

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Michelle Monnes-Thomas was an excellent ambassador for your company. She was very helpful in preparing my father’s new will, providing advice where requested and keeping us involved at all stages of the process.

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