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What is Probate?

A Grant of Probate is the legal authority to act for the estate of the Deceased and administer and/or distribute it in accordance with a Will or Rules of Intestacy.

Our probate solicitors help you deal with the administration of estates following the death of a family member or friend.

Probate is necessary whether the deceased made a will or not – if a person dies intestate, a close family member can act as their personal representative and appoint other executors and a solicitor to help administer the estate and apply for probate, so that their assets can be distributed.

When is Probate necessary?

Probate is necessary if a person owns a property and/or has money held in bank accounts. Some financial institutions have limits above which probate will be required, so taking expert legal advice on probate can be helpful in most cases – and essential in some cases.

At H & S Solicitors, can guide executors and personal representatives through probate – and also advise in cases involving probate and high-value wills, probate and international wills, or probate and Islamic wills made in England and Wales.

H & S solicitors offer clear and focused legal advice on probate – and can guide executors at every stage of the process, to make sure probate goes smoothly and with as little stress as possible.

Our probate solicitors

The expertise within our probate team allows them to deal with the most complex of estates and legal issues. We have particular expertise in cross-border estates, issues of foreign succession and domicile issues, as well as business property and heritage issues. The long experience of our probate team also allows us to deal sympathetically and efficiently with probate where there are complexities. We appreciate that clients instruct us at a difficult time in their lives and we understand the importance of giving clear, timely, practical advice.

Probate fees

Most of our clients chose to have their fees for probate work calculated on the basis of hourly rates. Our rates compare well with firms of comparable quality. For our clients this will often work out to be the most economical option but it does carry a risk that complications will cause initial estimates to be exceeded. Some clients prefer the re-assurance of a fixed fee and we're happy to offer a fixed fee basis for probate work if that suits the client best.

Sometimes issues are not limited to dealing with probate because for example disputes arise or there may be special aspects such as a foreign element. At H & S Solicitors, we shall always discuss and confirm with our client what each charging option involves to allow real choice. We are happy to discuss a reduced percentage basis for estates with high value.

What H & S Solicitors Can Do for You

We can assist you with the administration of the estate and you can decide to what extent you want to involve us. We can carry out all the procedures in administrating the estate. However, in order for us to proceed we require from you an original death certificate and details of the estate (both assets and debts).

Once the extent of the estate has been established, we will take the following steps:

  • Notify the beneficiaries of their interest in the estate
  • Place statutory notices, if required
  • Prepare the formal documents to apply for grant of representation
  • Deal with any inheritance tax liability
  • Carry out any wishes of the deceased in accordance with the Will or apply the rules of intestacy
  • Collect money and assets
  • Pay any debts or expenses
  • Finalise any income tax affairs
  • Make interim payments to beneficiaries on account of their entitlement where necessary
  • Deal with the sale or transfer of any property owned by the deceased
  • Prepare final estate accounts showing how the estate shall be administered

We can offer you an initial consultation at a reduced rate.

For expert legal advice on Probate, call H & S Probate Solicitors in confidence on 020 7316 3090.

Contact Us

We serve clients in the following areas of London: Brentford Brentford End Chiswick Hillingdon Heath Ruislip Gardens Ruislip Manor South Ruislip Uxbridge Richmond Upon Thames Barnes Cole Park East Sheen Fulwell Ham Hampton Hill Hampton Wick Kew Mortlake North Sheen Petersham Richmond St Margarets Strawberry Hill Teddington Twickenham Whitton Kingston upon Thames Kingston Vale Wimbledon Park Canary Wharf Docklands East Smithfield Spitalfields Wapping Camden Agar Town Belsize Park Bloomsbury Camden Town Chalk Farm Dartmouth Park Fitzrovia Fortune Green Frognal Gospel Oak Hampstead Haverstock Highgate Holborn Kentish Town Kings Cross Primrose Hill St. Giles St Pancras Somers Town South Hampstead Swiss Cottage Tufnell Park West Hampstead Highgate Muswell Hill Chelsea Harbour Fulham Hammersmith West Kensington White City Islington Clerkenwell Farringdon Highgate Islington Kensington and Chelsea Albertopolis Bayswater Belgravia Brompton Chelsea Chelsea Harbour Earl's Court Holland Park Kensal Town Kensington Knightsbridge Ladbroke Grove North Kensington Notting Hill South Kensington West Brompton West Kensington World's End Bayswater Belgravia Covent Garden Fitzrovia Hyde Park Knightsbridge Lisson Grove Maida Vale Mayfair Marylebone Millbank Paddington Pimlico St James's St John's Wood Soho Victoria Westbourne Green West End of London Westminster City Centre Barnet Arkley Barnet Barnet Gate Brent Cross Brunswick Park Burnt Oak Childs Hill Church End Cockfosters Colindale Colney Hatch Cricklewood East Barnet East Finchley Edgware Finchle Friern Barnet Golders Green Grahame Park The Hale Hampstead Garden Suburb Hendon The Hyde Mill Hill Monken Hadley Muswell Hill New Barnet New Southgate North Finchley Oakleigh Park Osidge Southgate Temple Fortune Totteridge West Hendon Whetstone Woodside Park Ealing Acton Dormer's Wells Ealing East Acton Greenford Hanwell Horsenden Hill Montpelier North Acton Northfields Northolt Norwood Green Perivale Pitshanger South Acton Southall West Ealing West Twyford Park Royal