Probate - Coronavirus Update
Dealing with a death or Probate can be a very emotional and complicated process at the best of times but now in particular we know you need that extra support and guidance. To help get you through the next few months we have adapted our service and can now offer the initial appointment over the telephone from the comfort of your home. If you prefer to talk to someone face to face, we can also offer video chat calls which are safe and very easy to set up on a smart phone.
In March, during the lockdown the government launched a new portal, enabling solicitors to issue probate applications online. The view is that all probate applications will move to this method over the coming months. The good news is that our team have been working with the new portal forms since they launched and our whole team are now very familiar with the new process. This means that we can process your matter quickly, helping to speed up the time it takes to get the grant of probate back. We are expecting to see a backlog build up at the probate registry later in the year, so the sooner we get your application submitted the better.
What do I need to do first?
Losing a loved one is never easy. It leaves so many arrangements to make that knowing where to begin can be overwhelming. The Coronavirus situation puts additional strain on this process both emotionally and practically. We are here to help.
You will need to be aware of the following initial steps:
- Obtain a medical certificate
- Locate the Will
- Register the death
- Arrange the funeral
- Collect any paperwork you can find
- Begin administering the estate
You will also find more helpful guides and videos in our resources section further down this page.
We are here to help
Whilst we know it will be a difficult time, our experienced solicitors are available to assist with individual steps, or can handle the entire process from start to finish should you prefer. If you would like to discuss any of this in more detail then please contact us and we can arrange a phone call or video conference.