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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 the current situation, we have adapted our services 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 covid secure appointments from our Glumangate office in Chesterfield and at our office in Mansfield.  

Process Update

In March,  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 by November 2nd.   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

For more detail on these steps and additional information on how the Coronavirus pandemic affects them please see our latest guide on dealing with a death.

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. 

Additional Bereavement Support

Advice on Probate

Advice on Probate

We know how difficult it can be to lose a loved one and we would like to help you by covering some of the basics of dealing with probate.

Essential considerations when completing probate online

Essential considerations when completing probate online

We know losing a loved one can be a very difficult and emotional time and that being an executor of a will is a big responsibility. This guide is essential reading if you are considering online probate.

Online Probate – is it always a viable option to take?

Online Probate – is it always a viable option to take?

Earlier in the year it was announced that a new online service to apply for probate would be introduced. This meant that those applying for probate could do so from the comfort of their own home, potentially negating the need for involvement from a solicitor.

Proposed increase on probate fees scrapped

Proposed increase on probate fees scrapped

Following the announcement of the snap general election to take place on 8th June, the government has decided to scrap its plans to increase the legal fees due after a person has died. Having proposed a rise in probate fees in England and Wales to come into effect in May, which would have seen an increase from the current flat figures of £155 or £215 to as much as £20,000 for the most valuable estates, the Ministry of Justice announced in the second half of April that there was too little time for the legislation to go through parliament before the election.

What to Do When Someone Dies

What to Do When Someone Dies

We know from experience that when you lose a loved one it is often difficult to know what to do first. This simple guide will help you prioritise between what needs to be done urgently and what can be dealt with later.

The ‘cost of dying’ is now racing ahead of the rate of inflation

The ‘cost of dying’ is now racing ahead of the rate of inflation

Recent research has revealed that the cost of dying is now the fastest rising fixed cost in the UK, ahead of costs of living including rent, utilities and food.

The True Cost of Divorce in Retirement

The True Cost of Divorce in Retirement

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Ashgate Hospicecare 'Make a Will Month' gets Underway

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As a regular supporter of Ashgate Hospicecare, Banner Jones are delighted to be supporting this years ‘Make a Will Month’ campaign.
Lasting Power of Attorney – The Facts

Lasting Power of Attorney – The Facts

We all know that we should write a Will, but too few of us know about and recognise the need for something called a Lasting Power of Attorney or LPA.

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