Probate Solicitors

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When a loved one passes it is a difficult time and unfortunately there are so many details you have to deal with, just when you least want to.

Our probate solicitors can support you by untangling some of the confusing issues you face and taking away the heavy weight of dealing with the administration of the estate.

Our probate lawyers are open and friendly and will treat you with kindness and respect. Our service is conducted at the pace you dictate  and we can meet with you in your own home or any other place of comfort if you do not wish to travel to our office.

You can also rest assured that our services are cost effective and efficient because our probate lawyers are specialists.  In fact in many instances we are able to work on a fixed fee basis so that you know from the outset exactly how much you will have to pay:  see our article Fast Fixed Fee Probate.

What does probate actually mean?

If you are unsure what probate means, it is a term commonly used for the the administration of a deceased person’s estate.  This involves either implementing the terms of the deceased’s will or dealing with the distribution of their estate in accordance with the legal rules set out in the Administration of Estates Act 1925 if they died without a will (intestate – click here  to see a flowchart).

The administration will involve:

  • dealing with their home and any other land and property
  • dealing with banks, building societies and other investments
  • dealing with business and agricultural assets
  • paying debts
  • dealing with H. M. Revenue and Customs, especially for inheritance tax (death duties)
  • distributing legacies
  • distributing the remainder of the estate to the people entitled to it

As part of the process we can:

  • advise on the validity of a will or on any potential disputes that may arise
  • advise on the implications of intestacy and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
  • advise on the impact of inheritance tax on the estate
  • inform all the beneficiaries of their entitlement
  • identify and obtain valuations of the various assets including freehold and leasehold property and any interests in businesses
  • identify any liabilities and deal with those who are owed money
  • prepare an oath (and complete inheritance tax forms where necessary) enabling an application to the probate registry to be made so that a grant of probate of the will or letters of administration can be obtained
  • get all assets released from the various banks and building societies etc
  • pay any legacies and make payments on account to the residuary beneficiaries
  • transfer assets to beneficiaries where required
  • prepare final estate accounts for the approval of the personal representatives
  • make payment to the residuary beneficiaries

For further advice about our probate services please contact RobertJaneGlenn or Amy on 01752 668246 or send an email by clicking here.

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Robert Butler
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Jane Gilding
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Glenn Sambells
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Amy Douch

Home Visit Service

We understand it is not always easy to come to us. That is why our lawyers offer the Home Visit Service to clients who would like to discuss issues such as making a Will, creating Trusts, Lasting Powers of Attorney or, discussing the administration of a deceased person’s estate (Probate).

Car - Home VisitWe can visit clients in a hospital, hospice, care home or nursing home to help sort out their affairs and can make out of hours appointments by arrangement.

If you would prefer to deal with your legal affairs at home or otherwise out of the office please contact us on 01752 668246 to arrange a visit.


If you are looking for a probate solicitor in Plymouth, Plympton, Plymstock and the surrounding area, choose the Plymouth probate solicitors, Gard & Co. Solicitors.