Probate/Estate Administration

The death of a friend or loved one is a very distressing time, and the legal arrangements to be made are likely to be the last thing on your mind. However, there are a number of steps that have to be taken and our team of expert lawyers can help you through the process.

What is a Grant of Probate and when is it needed?

A Grant of Probate is usually needed to close a deceased person’s bank accounts and transfer the funds to the executors so that they can be distributed to the correct people.

In some cases a Grant of Probate will not be necessary, for example, where an estate is very small or where all of the assets are in joint names.

What if a Will was never made?

If a person dies without a Will the rules of intestacy will determine who should benefit from the assets of that person. Usually a close relative like a spouse, child or parent will be able to deal with the financial affairs of a person who has died.

It is likely that you will have to apply to the probate registry for a ‘Grant of Letters of Administration’ which will provide banks, etc. with proof that you have authority to access and distribute funds to the correct people.

Our specialist solicitors are experts in probate and estate administration. We will guide you through each stage of the legal process, providing straightforward, practical advice.

If you would like to discuss a probate or estate administration matter do not hesitate to contact one of our team on 01502 532 300 or email

If you are unable to visit our offices then we can arrange for one of our lawyers to visit you in the comfort of your own home to discuss your requirements.