Probate Solicitors

Our probate solicitors know that when a loved one passes it is a very difficult time. Unfortunately there are so many details you have to deal with, just when you least want to.

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How can our probate lawyers help?

We 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 probate service is conducted at the pace you dictate. If you do not wish to travel to our office we can meet with you in your own home or any other place of comfort.

You can also rest assured that our probate 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.

Home Visit Service

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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).

We 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.

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 of the estate 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


How much does probate cost?

Depending on your circumstances we can act for you on a fixed fee basis or on an hourly rate.  We will discuss this with you fully before you instruct us so that you are clear from the outset how much the probate is likely to cost. Your initial consultation is free so you can find out the details without financial risk.

Find out more about our probate fees.

For further advice about our probate services please contact Robert, Jane, Glenn, Amy or Katie on 01752 668246 or send an email by clicking here.

Robert Butler
Jane Gilding
Glenn Sambells
Amy Douch
Katie Beauchamp

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