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Probate Advice

Grant of Probate is essential to enable the executor of a will to deal with the administration of a deceased’s estate

What is Grant of Probate?

When someone dies, you may need to apply for a Grant of Probate. This gives you the legal right to deal with the deceased’s estate administration, which includes property, money, and possessions. Following the bereavement of a loved one is an incredibly difficult and emotional time. Our friendly team at Bigmore Wills and Probate are here to help you and make the process as simple as possible.

We have 3 Probate service levels starting from £1250 inclusive of VAT.

We offer a personal service, and our pricing structure is always clear and upfront.

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What Probate services does Bigmore Wills & Probate offer?

Bigmore Wills & Probate offer a hand holding service for probate, empathetically designed to guide you through the process. We can often act without the need for you to appoint a Solicitor, who will often charge a percentage fee for Probate based on the total value of the estate.

We will guide you through the completion of all the forms required by HMCTS & HMRC. These will be completed with the information you have provided to us regarding the estate, although after our initial discussions we may be able to offer a service to assist you in the gathering of this information.

Please note that the death certificate will be returned to you however, the Will and any additions to it (‘codicils’) are kept by the probate registry and become a public record. Once you receive the grant of probate (or letters of administration) you may start dealing with the estate administration. You will need to send copies of the probate document to organisations that hold the assets of the deceased, for example their bank.

What are an Executors’ responsibilities?

  • Locate and identify the assets and any liabilities of the estate.
  • Deal with the administration of the estate according to law by collecting in these assets.
  • Determine the beneficiaries.
  • Apply to the Court for a grant of Probate of the Will. (Probate is the formal document that confirms the Executors and gives them permission to administer the estate).
  • Make sure all claims or debts are received, assessed, and paid if substantiated.
  • Arrange for the distribution of the estate in accordance with the terms of the Will.
  • Prepare accounts.
  • Deal with taxation returns.
  • Defend litigation.

What are the Trustees' responsibilities?

This Clause also appoints your Executors as Trustees of your Will. The Trustees are responsible for:

  • Managing any trust that might arise in your Will.
  • Holding funds for children until the date specified in the Will or until the child's 18th birthday.

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