Probate Solicitors

Our probate solicitors deals with the administration of the affairs of people who have died.

Our probate service is cost effective and efficient because our probate solicitors 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.

The term probate is 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 RobertJane or Glenn on 01752 668246 or send an email by clicking here.


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.

Gard & Co Solicitors is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
SRA number 47766.
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