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. We can now offer the initial appointment over the telephone from the comfort of your home, or if you prefer to talk to someone face to face, all of our offices are now open for appointments.
In November 2020 the government launched a new portal, enabling solicitors to issue probate applications online. 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.
Additional Bereavement Support
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?
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
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.
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.