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    When someone close to you dies, we can help. Whether or not a Will has been left, we can simplify complex legal matters and provide real support at one of life’s more testing times.

    When someone dies, there are a number of legal issues which must be dealt with that can often seem daunting and overwhelming. Our Wills, trusts and probate solicitors provide a wide range of probate services, from dealing with the entire estate, to simply advising as to what needs to be done next. Our aim is to support clients through the probate process, providing as much assistance as they need.

    Client praise for our Wills, Trusts and Probate Solicitors include ‘I have used Steeles several times and have always found them exceptionally helpful. The advice I have had has been very helpful and practical. I have no hesitation to recommend them.’ Legal 500.

    Full support to a single service

    Much depends on your personal circumstances. You may want advice on your duties as an executor, or your rights as a beneficiary. Maybe you need to know what happens when someone dies without making a Will, or you may require assistance applying for a grant of probate. Our team of professional practitioners are able to support and help, handling the proceedings sensitively and efficiently whilst keeping you regularly informed of developments as the administration of the entire estate progresses.

    The probate process Q&A

    The probate process can seem complicated and overwhelming, we want to help so we have put together some of our frequently asked questions.

    Q1. How long will it take to complete the probate?

    The estate administration will usually be completed within 6-12 months.  Typically, obtaining the Grant takes 3 months.

    Q2. How much will the Probate service cost me?

    The exact cost will depend on individual circumstances.  For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range.  If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, costs will be at the higher end. Please see our probate fees webpage for a full breakdown in costs.

    Q3. Do I need a Probate Solicitor, or can I do it myself?

    You are able to complete the probate process yourself, however, our experienced team will be able to support you through a difficult time should you feel unable to complete the process yourself. It is particularly important to get specialist advice if;

    • There is no Will, or there are questions about the validity of the Will
    • A person or persons have deliberately been left out of the Will and may wish to make a claim
    • The estate is complicated with trusts or assets outside of the UK

    Executors by appointment

    An executor is someone who is named in the Will and takes responsibility for dealing with the estate and carrying out final wishes after you pass. If you have no family, or you’d rather not give them the added burden of being your executors, we’d be privileged to act on your behalf.

    If you would like to discuss arrangements for later life, or are an executor who needs legal advice on the administration of an estate, please contact our dedicated Wills, Trusts and Probate team on 01603 598000 or by emailing probate@steeleslaw.co.uk. Appointments are available at our Diss, Norwich and London offices or home visits by appointment.

    For full fee details view our Probate Fees page.