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Dealing with a death (Probate)

To be able to administer the wishes set out in a Will you may need to apply for probate (technically known as applying for a Grant of Probate or the granting of probate).

Applying for Probate is an order of the Court giving one or more people the legal authority to administer the estate of the deceased, in order to distribute it correctly to the beneficiaries (i.e. probate of will).

If you have any asset worth over £5,000, any stocks and shares or a property then your executors will usually need to apply for probate. If you don’t make a Will, they need to apply for Letters of Administration instead, which is very similar. A probate valuation will help you find out what your assets are worth.

Unless your assets are all owned jointly with someone else and will pass to them automatically, you will need a Probate solicitor before your estate can be paid out. We can provide detailed advice about this if you need it.

With our Fixed Fee promise after discussing the case with you we will fix your fee for our probate assistance so you know exactly what you will pay from the start. 

We have a team of Probate specialists in Chesterfield, Dronfield, Sheffield and Mansfield who are here to help.

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Dealing with a death (Probate) in Chesterfield, Dronfield, Sheffield and Mansfield

Full Estate Administration
Grant of Probate
What to do when someone dies
Personal Representatives

Team Approach

The Probate team at Banner Jones work differently to many other law firms.   It would be very common for you to be given the name of a solicitor who will be the only person to work on your file, but at Banner Jones we take a team approach. 

Our friendly, caring probate team will work efficiently through your matter as a team, keeping you informed of the progress every step of the way. This approach has proven very popular with our clients as they can ring and speak to any member of the team who will be able to help as they are familiar with the matter.  This approach helps to avoid any unnecessary delays as there will always be someone in the office to help you.  The team are based in Chesterfield but regularly attend client appointments at our offices in Dronfield, Mansfield and Sheffield.

The team approach also allows our clients to benefit from the combined skill sets, background experiences and personalities in the team. To read more about the team members click on the links to read their profiles.

The Team

Kathryn Wheeldon- Director, Solicitor

Nikki Spencer- Senior Solicitor

Stacey Lee-Davenport- Solicitor

Amy Fowlston- Chartered Legal Executive

Wendy Cotterill- Paralegal

Sarah-Jane Binder-Swash- Paralegal

Katrina Hilton- Evans - Paralegal

Katie Richards- Paralegal

Vicky Strong - Paralegal

Other questions during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Banner Jones have been appointed as the professional executors in the Will. Are you still able to act during the current circumstances?

Dealing with an estate is a complicated, time consuming, and difficult process, so it is common for people to appoint a solicitor as their professional executor, to reduce the burden on family and friends. As a long-standing law firm in the area, we have been appointed professional executors by many people over the years.

Please be assured that, whilst our offices are currently closed, our teams are all still working remotely and are fully able to continue in their roles of administrating the estate. The work involved in administering an estate is carried out by communications through e-mail, phone and post, all of which we still have usual access to. We are working with local contacts to ensure we are still able to deal with funeral and property arrangements, and are liaising with Government bodies to make sure we can still obtain Death Certificates and Grants of Probate.

For more information on our Full Estate Administration service click here.

How do I register a death?

We have been in touch with our local Registry Office who have confirmed that because they are classed as key workers, they will continue to remain open to register deaths.  This will allow us to then progress your matter as normal.

We are however anticipating delays with the turnaround at the probate registry as things progress, but we will keep you updated as we know more.


I’d prefer to meet someone in person, is that possible during the Coronavirus measures?

We are making every effort to ensure that all work can be carried out remotely through phone calls, video conferencing, e-mail, etc, meaning you are not required to attend our offices as part of the process. That being said, we do understand that some clients may prefer a face-to-face meeting.

Whilst we are not currently in a position to meet clients in person, the process of administering an estate is quite complicated and can take several weeks to complete. Whilst we may have to speak to you remotely during the early stages of the process, we hope that the current restrictions may start to be lifted by the time we reach the later parts of your matter.

As soon as it safe for us to do so, we would then be more than happy to meet with you to talk about any matters you may prefer to discuss in person. In the meantime, we can still work on your matter and speak to you remotely, but hope to be able to see you in person soon.

My relative has made a Will with Banner Jones and they have passed away during the Coronavirus pandemic. What do I do?

Whilst our offices are currently closed, please be rest assured that our Wills & Probate team are still working remotely from home as per Government guidelines. Any Wills, Deeds, or other documents that we may hold for your relative are also still accessible from our secure, off-site storage facility. Please contact us on 01246 560560 or by e-mail at  and a member of the team will be able to talk you through the next steps.

My relative has passed away and the executors named in the Will all live in different locations across the country. How do we all make contact with Banner Jones during the lockdown?

When a relative passes away, there will be a number of matters to discuss, and usually a large amount of paperwork and documentation to work through. Given the current circumstances, the logistics of getting everyone together to review and discuss everything can be quite challenging. Whilst our team are not currently able to meet you in person we are now arranging video appointments, through apps like Skype, Zoom and Facetime, where we can still speak to you from the comfort of your own home. These programs also allow for multiple people to be a part of the same video meeting, meaning that all executors can join-in, no matter where they might be in the country.

When it comes to documentation, our offices are closed to clients but we do still have a small team who are handling incoming post and ensuring it is passed on to the appropriate person. This means we are still able to take receipt of any documentation you send to us through the mail as usual. If you are worried about having to collect paperwork from the deceased’s home, we are also able to have your relative’s mail re-directed to ourselves, where we can take receipt and deal with everything for you.

Grant of Probate

All is oustanding!

Miss C Chesterfield

From the minute you walk into reception you are put at ease, and this continues right through the chain. Would recommend them any time.

Mr G, Chesterfield

I can’t thank Banner Jones enough for the kindness and patience, and would highly recommend this firm.

Mrs S, Chesterfield


Kathryn provided us with a first class service at our time of need. Can not thank her enough for helping us through a difficult time in such a kind and professional manner.

Mrs E, Deepcar

The service provided was excellent and all the staff were friendly, helpful

Mrs L, Chesterfield

Will Writing

Excellent company. Highly satisfied.

Mrs H, Ashgate


Thank you, Amy; for all your help and kindness. Best wishes

Mrs P, Chesterfield

Probate Administration

Exceptional service; professional but friendly. Felt at ease and relaxed when given explanation of the matter being dealt with at a very sad time.

Mrs L, New Tupton

Me and my family would recommend Banner Jones to anyone for their kindness and sympathy to all of my family. Thank you very much once again.

Mr M, Brampton

The service and advice was excellent, and staff very friendly. They kept us well informed.

Mr K, Whittington Moor

Probate Solicitor

The solicitor was most helpful in every way, explicit in detail and very caring.

Mrs R, Coal Aston

Excellent service and communication from Kathryn Wheeldon. Thank you.

Mrs D-B, Brimington

Friendly and very helpful.

Mr H, Markham Quay

Excellent service from start to finish at a very difficult time.

Ms D, Danesmoor

Probate Solicitors

I found Stacey very helpful and the whole experience of selling my property was a positive one. Stacey advised on a number of matters, and I always felt that she had my best interests as a priority.

Mrs C, Duckmanton

Was most impressed with the sympathetic approach and help my niece and I received from Kathryn Wheeldon on the occasion of the death of my sister. She explained everything simply and fully. I was so pleased I opted to ask her to draw up a new will and lasting power of attorney.

Mrs W, Dronfield

Amy was very helpful and friendly, and she explained the process for making our Wills in a way that was very easy to understand.

Mr & Mrs B, Bolsover

Very friendly experience with clear and uncomplicated explanations, giving us confidence in the professional service.

Mr & Mrs L, Grindleford

The service I received couldn't have been better!

Mrs C, Chesterfield

We were very happy with the service we received, we would definitely recommend.

Mr & Mrs W, Shuttlewood

We found Banner Jones to be very friendly. They directed us through all the necessary channels. And were extremely helpful, putting my husband and myself at ease at such a sad, stressful time. A big thank you.

Mr & Mrs T, Stretton

Thank you for everything you did to help us through a difficult time.

Mr M, Mansfield

Thank you for your excellent service, prompt attention and being kept up to date.

Mrs P, Old Whittington

For ourselves – we do not think that you could have improved any part of the service. All dealings with our advisor were very satisfactory. Thank you. We would not hesitate to contact Banner Jones if needed.

Mr & Mrs D, Wingerworth

The efficiency and respect with which my late husband’s Will was administered could not have been better. Many thanks.

Mrs W, Warsop

Excellent, professional and supportive communication throughout. Thank you very much, Kat.

Mrs B, Shirland

Very efficient service at a difficult time which helped matters go smoothly

Mrs S, Dronfield

Very efficient, friendly and professional. We would definitely recommend to friends and family. They made the whole experience problem free.

Mrs W, Mansfield

We’re really grateful for the work you did for us. 10 out of 10!

Mr & Mrs S, Bridlington

Very easy to make appointments, very personal service from all people at Banner Jones, my solicitor was very friendly and put me at ease. If I needed a solicitor again, Banner Jones would be the first on my list.

Mr C, Dronfield

Brilliant service, kept well informed all the way through the process. Would definitely recommend.

Miss H, Nottinghamshire

Cannot fault the service, efficient, prompt and cautious. Matters explained very well and clearly. Pleasantly surprised.

Mr & Mrs D, Mansfield

Service provided was excellent. All the staff were very helpful, considerate and professional. I would highly recommend to friends and family.

Mr W, Nottinghamshire

Kat, the solicitor who assisted in arranging for the deputyship for my mother was extremely helpful in what I call distressing time where control of my mothers affairs have been passed onto me. Many thanks Kat for the pleasantness.

Mrs H, Chesterfield

Very clear communication, all of my questions were answered and nothing was rushed.

Mr & Mrs F, Chesterfield

Banner Jonesprovided me with a very professional and friendly service in difficult, personal circumstances and I cannot reccomend them enough. 10/10.

Mr T, Chesterfield

Excellent, efficient service, Katie was very pleasant and polite. We were made to feel at ease.

Mr Mrs C, Dronfield

Natalie was very professional and friendly. Good listener, very caring. Thank you Natalie.

Mrs M, Mansfield

Fantastic service from Katie. I was made to feel very comfortable with talking about my affairs, very professional.

Mrs P, Chesterfield

All my dealings have been with Sarah who has always been professional, knowledgeable and extremely helpful. I would recommend Banner Jones.

Mr P, Derbyshire

Excellent, professional service.

Mrs M, Mansfield

Very good and friendly reception staff; excellent professioanl service; good comunication and timely attention to my work undertaken.

Mrs F, Chesterfield

Outstanding service. So very helpful, knowledgeable and easy to understand. A pleasant member of your team!

Mrs K, Sheffield

We recieved a promt, helpful and most efficient service. I wouldn't hesitate to ever use Banner Jones Solicitors again.

Amy was excellent - Thank you so much for all your advice.

Ms E, Chesterfield

I would just like to pass on my comments with regards to the first class service we received with the estate of my dear late mother.

We have been dealing with Banner Jones and I would like to say they have been excellent throughout. We have found them to be extremely efficient, helpful, understanding and friendly at this difficult time.

Also very accommodating with appointments as I work full time.

I would also comment she was very patient in dealing with my elderly father who struggles with severe hearing difficulty.

I have no hesitation in using your services again, we will shortly be making appointments to update the will for my father and in due course I will also be updating my own will with Banner Jones as all of our family affairs are with your company.

I will have no hesitation in recommending Banner Jones Solicitors to others, once again, thank you to you all.

Ms Carpenter

Banner Jones & Kat Wheeldon's help has got me through this last year. Their help and kindness was without doubt invaluable.

Mrs W, Chesterfield

Kathryn Wheeldon has provided me with an excellent service and I would recommend her to all of my friends and family. 

Mrs R, Chesterfield

Excellent service! Becasue of illnesses, my new will from start to signing took half a day!

Mrs B, Nottingham

Excellent service! Thank you for all fo your help and making everything stress free for me. Will definitley recomment you.

Mr B & Mrs M, Chesterfield

Excellent Service from Banner Jones. Thank you.

Mr & Mrs L

Very helpful and understanding. Thank you.

Mrs B, Chesterfield

Very happy with all aspects of my treatment at Banner Jones. Thank you very much Katie.

Mrs A, Chesterfield

Excellent. Katie was very pleasant and helpful.

Mr & Mrs B, Chesterfield

Very thorough, professional and friendly service, thank you.

Mrs K, Chesterfield

Friendly, and vey helpfull staff.

Mr & Mrs J, Mansfield

Excellent, friendly service, my Will was updated very quickly for me, which I really appreciate.

Mrs P, Chesterfield

Natalie at Banner Jones helped us update our Wills. She was very thorough whilst being sensitive to our situation She made it an easy, simple process. We recieved our Wills quickly and completed the matter within 3 weeks!

Mr & Mrs F, Chesterfield

Excellent service from start to finish! Prompt, trustworthy, reliable and extremely helpful. Highly recommended!

Many thanks to Katie Woodward for her wonderful assistance.

Mr & Mrs C, Chesterfield

Very pleased with the service recieved. Natalie was a very pleasant and efficient person to deal with. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend your services. Thank you.

Mrs B, Chesterfield

Excellent service, all matters were dealt with in a very professional way.

Mr M & Dr R, Sheffield

We used Kat Wheeldon at Banner Jones for our Wills and Powers of Attorney. We always had a friendly but professional service. Details were explained clearly so that we understood exactly what was involved and required. Fees weere explained straight away. We shall return to Banner Jones for any further legal work.

Mr & Mrs Diprose

I have recieved help and advice from Katie Woodward, she is kind, considerate and professional. I would be pleased to recommend her to friends, family and colleagues. Many thanks.

Ms A, Chesterfield

I have been with this solicitors since the 60's and I have always been happy with this company. I was very happy with seeing Amy about my Will, she was very helpful.

Miss W, Mansfield

Banner Jones staff have always been professional and kind throughout my dealings with them. They have been very considerate towards my elderly Uncle, and met his needs - Whether his physical or mental impairments - Making adjustments to their practice with no hesitation at all.

Mr P, Chesterfield

Thank you so much for your excellent service in helping me making a Will.

Mrs B, Mansfield

We were very happy with the service provided.

Mr & Mrs W, Dronfield

Thank you all for your kindness and support in a very sad time in my life, you have helped so much.

Mrs W, Chesterfield

On behalf of Darren and myself I would like to thank you both for all your help and assistance in this matter.

Excellent and efficient throughout and handled with a professional and sensitive approach.

Mr T & Mr D

Thank you for last weeks meeting which we both found very informative, friendly and helpful. You were able to reassure us and put our minds at rest about the number of issues. Thank you once again.

Mr & Mrs B, Derbyshire

Because we are in our 90's and only essentially amending our Wills, Amy was very patient and extremely sensitive to our situation. She explained the issues involved in a manner whcih was very easy to understand. She gave us a great deal on confidence and we were extremely happy with the outcome.

Mr & Mrs W, Mansfield

All staff (off all levels) were very friendly & helpful. Tea/ coffees were made available at the outset and not as an afterthought. I can see no reason at all to not use Banner Jones again for any other aspects of my affairs! Thank you!

Mr M, Chesterfield

As far as I am concerned, Kat Wheeldon's service at Banner Jones is excellent.

Mrs W, Chesterfield

Extremely understanding and helpful service. Wouldn't hesitate to use Banner Jones again. Very knowledgeable and friendly advice.

Mrs H, Brighouse

May I take this opportunity to thank you for the wonderful support you have given to us during this very difficult time.  It has been very much appreciated.  Hope to hear from you again.

Mr J

Very professional young lady. Put us at ease with her manner and friendliness.

Mr T, Danesmoor

Thanks again for all your help wrapping up Dad’s estate  it has been such a simple process for us, plenty of compassion and empathy. I am glad the effort put in by us helped with your hard work

Mr D

It's been such a pleasure to talk to you via e-mail and thank you for all your efforts and hard work to help sought the legacy of my late mother.

Mrs S

The solicitor who dealt with my fathers affairs after his death was excellent. She wasted no time and was brilliantly efficient. I had total confidence in her at a very stressful time for me. The same can be said for those who handled the sale of the property.

Mrs B, Merseyside

Felt very much at ease to enable openness, revelation and received good answers to my questions (no terminology). No hidden costs.

Mr & Mrs C, Hasland

I found Banner jones very helpful at a diffcult time with my husbands probate.  I found them to be efficent and approachable at all times.  I would not hesitate to use them again.

Mrs H, Dronfield Woodhouse

The Banner Jones Private Client Department provided excellent advice when setting up my fathers will and enabled me to arrange suitable care home arrangements for my mother with a minimum of worry at a stressful time. Banner Jones helped make a difficult situation much easier to handle.

Mr Turner, Sheffield

Under difficult circumstances, Amy was a fantastic help in arranging all of the necessary throug the process of the settlement of my gran's estate. Amy was always on hand to answer questions and make the whole experience really easy. I would definitely recommend and will use again in the future.

Mr W, Chesterfield

A real personal thanks to Amy Fowlston for the way she dealt with this. Her humanity is really appreciated in dealing with painful issues.

Mr M, Chesterfield

From the date of instruction Amy was helpful, reassuring, efficient and approachable when dealing with my late father's estate. Thank you to Amy and the Banner Jones probate team for taking me through what initially felt like a very daunting process.

D Adams, Chesterfield

All staff, legal representatives and receptionists during face to face and telephone communications were most considerate and empathetic to me while I was coping with a stressful time in my life. The legal advice and guidance that I received was top class and matters were worked out in a most professional manner enabling me to trust all outcomes. I would certainly return to Banner Jones should I need further legal advice and would recommend them firm to family and friends.

Mrs H, Chesterfield

Banner Jones Solicitors dealt with the grant of probate for my late wife's estate and associated matters. The process was very professional yet sympathetic as well. Matters proceeded smoothly and I was extremely glad to have their services after seeing what was involved in the forms to fill in. It took much of the stress out of the process- for which I was very grateful. I was kept informed throughout.
I have used Banner Jones before, and will have no hesitation in returning - indeed I plan to do so to re-write my Will after my wife's death. I would have no hesitation in recommending them and indeed have done so. Fees were very reasonable.

Dr. D, Chesterfield

Excekkent and efficient service

The service provided by Banner Jones was a refreshing change from traditional solicitors.  The initial consultation was in person for us and Zoom for the other.  Most subsequent communication was online with a fast response and follow up, thought we were offered the alternative of in-person meetings and posted documents.


Probate was completed within a much shorted time than anticipated.


Mr J, Chesterfield


I would like to once again thank everyone who I have had dealings with . Always friendly always responded to my requests . I would recommend Banner and Jones to anyone .


Full Estate Administration

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all for the hard work that you have all done at Banner Jones regarding this matter.

(Probate Solicitors Cheserfield)

Mr M, Chesterfield

Full Estate Administration

‘Thank you for your help personally and as a company it has made the finalising of my dad’s estate so much easier.’

Mr T, Chesterfield


You are doing a wonderful job and have helped us at a very difficult time. I do not think that we could have dealt with this without you.

Mrs S, Chesterfield

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