Probate Specialist

There are some situations when you might need an expert (see below), but it is common for the executor to take on the job of probate themselves.

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PROBATE CAN BE A LENGTHY AND TIME CONSUMING PROCESS

Probate can take many hours of administrative work and it can take up to a year or more to complete. If an error is made when carrying out any of the extensive estate administration duties, you could be held legally and/or financially responsible, so whilst using a Specialist for Probate is not compulsory it is well worth considering.

An expert can ease the burden

While using a Solicitor or Probate Expert for Probate in England or Wales is not compulsory, it often helps to ease the burden after someone close has passed away. In these circumstances, you may find that you have been named as the Executor in the Will or if your loved one didn’t leave a Will, you may find that, as their next-of-kin, you are responsible for completing Probate for their Estate.

  • Probate may not apply if there is no property, investments, shares or land owned or if the Estate is worth less than a certain amount. This can be as little £5,000 or as high as £50,000 and depends on whether the deceased’s bank, building society or other financial institution requires Probate to close the deceased’s accounts and release the funds.

  • At Willing it, we do not charge a percentage of the value of the deceased person’s Estate. We offer fixed fee Probate agreed with you upfront before any work starts.

  • If Probate is required there is still no need to use an expert – you can complete the Probate process yourself. The forms are available at HM Courts & Tribunals Service website but you will get no help or assistance in completing them correctly nor on valuing the Estate, calculating and paying any Inheritance Tax (IHT) due nor on liquidating the assets and distributing the Estate.

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When expert services can really help

  • The value of the estate is over the Inheritance Tax threshold and the estate is still earning a regular income where there are complicated taxes due.

  • The deceased died without a will, and it’s a complicated estate to administer, or there are doubts about the validity of the will.

  • The deceased had dependents who were deliberately left out of the will, but who might want to make a claim on the estate.

  • The estate has complex arrangements, such as assets held in a trust.

  • The estate is bankrupt or there are doubts that the estate is bankrupt.

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USING OUR EXPERTISE MEANS YOU CAN FOCUS YOUR ENERGY WHERE IT IS NEEDED MOST

We offer fixed fee Probate agreed with you upfront before any work starts. In addition to the fixed fee, there are some fees (disbursement costs) such as the probate application fee or getting certified copies of documents. 

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We’re based in Derbyshire and service an area that is within a 1 hour journey of Castle Donington.


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