Do you really need a probate solicitor?

By 12th April 2019 September 24th, 2019 No Comments

Why you really need a probate solicitor sometimes…

Despite the fact that the Ministry of Justice are telling people that you don’t always need a solicitor to do Probate, there are some circumstances where you really do need to seek valued, independent advice that you can rely on.

It is a difficult time after a bereavement and the last thing you want to worry about is dealing with paperwork correctly. A probate solicitor can cut through to what is important very quickly as they are experienced in dealing with it on a day-to-day basis. Furthermore, where the estate is worth more than the bank’s threshold or the deceased owned a house or shares, obtaining a grant of probate is going to be necessary.  

Although cost is an important factor, in all cases the legal fees are paid from the estate. It is impossible to say at the outset what needs to be done or how complex the estate may be. Executors have a duty to ensure the wishes of the deceased are carried out effectively and in accordance with the Will. Many aspects of the estate will require an experienced legal practitioner who can take on the responsibility of ensuring all aspects of the will are dealt with properly and that all liabilities are discharged correctly before paying out.

Sadly, families can disagree on the correct way for things to be done and a solicitor can play the role of a neutral third party to give all parties guidance and direction. Most people work full-time and estate administration can be time consuming. Instructing a solicitor can relieve most of the burden from the Executors.  

Our fees are published on our website at or you can have an initial chat with us and we will provide an estimate for you. If you would like to learn more, contact our Head of Probate Jeanette Berry on or phone on 01282 422 711.