• Over 3’000 legal documents processed every month


“In a average month, our legal team draft almost 3'000 legal documents and service almost 500 new clients every week”

Professional Probate Assistance

Our area of expertise is in performing Probate/Professional Executor duties for our clients and with our Countrywide colleagues, our specialist team of Lawyers and Legacy/Estate Planners have over 100 years of experience and are members of the prestigious UK organisation; The Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP)

Our specialist Probate Team have a sympathetic and patient approach when dealing with bereaved relatives and can if necessary arrange a visit to discuss your requirements in the comfort of your own home.

In a average month, our legal team draft almost 3'000 legal documents and service almost 500 new clients every week.

Unlike some firms who often charge an hourly rate or a high % fixed fee, National Probate provides a competitive Fixed Fee Probate Service which is agreed in advance of any work being undertaken. This will be a considerable saving on the fees you would typically need to pay a high street Bank or Solicitor. (read below about the research carried out by Which in our renunciation section below. As Professional Executors, we spend on average 150 working hours to complete the probate process on an average £300’000 estate.

Once you have instructed us to work for you, you will be appointed your own Case Handler who will personally look after your case and who will be your point of contact throughout the Probate process.

As part of our Probate Service, our team can also offer you (often invaluable) independent advice on the Will itself and may, under certain circumstances, recommend that a Deed of Variation be set up in order to vary the Will. This process can be used to effectively ensure that the beneficiaries of the Will receive as much of their inheritance as possible. (ie. By mitigating the amount of unnecessary Inheritance Tax that might be due to HMRC. (This process must be executed within two years of death and needs to be with the agreement of all the beneficiaries.)

To ensure you don’t make the wrong probate instruction which could result with paying out significant amounts to a ‘R.I.P off’ executor, Instruct Us now so we can organise a free no obligation initial consultation and further information on how we can help you with our Professional Probate Assistance service.

What’s Included?

Our service includes an all inclusive comprehensive schedule for our full probate and estate administration service. Our schedule sets out exactly what service you will receive and a breakdown of all other charges and disbursements. Possible disbursements that we are able to identify early on in our fact-finding process are also detailed within.

Our service includes for administering all aspects of the estate and will save you time, and possibly money at a worrying at a difficult time in your life.

Full Range of Services available:

  • Professional Executor Renunciation
  • Deed of Variation
  • Arranging specialist empty property insurance
  • Cancelling or transferring utilities
  • Arranging postal redirection
  • Registration and transfer of property
  • Conveyancing
  • Setting up trusts in a Will
  • Specialist tax advice
  • Wills
  • Power of attorney
  • Locating Lost beneficiaries
  • Asset Tracing
  • Placing a statutory advertisement in the London Gazette
  • Valuation of Shareholdings
  • Property Valuations by a local estate agent
  • Property Valuations by a RICS Chartered Surveyor

For further information on how we can help you with our Professional Probate Assistance service, Instruct Us now so we can organise a free no obligation initial consultation.

Experts In obtaining Renunciations from Professional Executors

National Probates area of expertise is in performing Professional Executor duties for our clients and in partnership with our Countrywide colleagues, our specialist team of Lawyers and Legacy/Estate Planners will in a average month, draft almost 3'000 legal documents and service almost 500 new clients every week.

Our success has been achieved by specialising in Probate Administration and as such we are able to do so by working for a competitive fixed % fee basis which is significantly lower than many other legal firms who often need to charge more because they do not specialise in Probate thus resulting in the need to instruct specialists such as ourselves and then mark up their costs. A recent which report established that the average solicitor charges the equivalent of 2.5% of the estate value. (Our fee’s start from just 1.5%)

Alarmingly however Which also found that the High Street banks where charging what they described as “R.I.P off” fees with Barclays topping the list at almost 5% and the average High Street bank charging 4%. Solicitors, Will Writers and Banks can write themselves into a Will as a professional executor along with the unfair and excessive fees as detailed above which the Testator may not have been fully aware of the cost consequences after their death.

More can be read about the great High Street banks “R.I.P off” probate fees here:

Now the banks cash in on Wills: 1.5million families face losing billions

Probate: avoid a final rip-off when sorting out your loved one's estate

The £600m High Street Bank Probate RIP-off

We have high success rates in obtaining renunciations from professional executors so that you can receive a quality service at a fixed, fair and competitive fee.

Whilst there is nothing compelling a professional executor to renounce (as the professional executor), our professional approach has found that highly priced professional executors agree to renounce when they are approached by us as opposed to working for a group of beneficiaries that do not value their service or believe in the decision made by the Testator. (Nb. In order to ask an executor to renounce, all the beneficiaries named in the Will must agree that this is their required course of action) We will approach any professional executor with a view to obtaining their renunciation which will in turn benefit all beneficiaries who would like to take advantage of our competitively priced probate service.

If a professional executor refuses to renounce we do have the experience and skills to be able to place a contested request in the hands of the courts and based on previous cases, a high success rate.

For further information on how we can help you with our Professional Probate Assistance service, Instruct Us now so we can organise a free no obligation initial consultation.

Deed of Variation

It is sometimes possible to change a Will after a person has died and under some circumstances, we may recommend that a Deed of Variation be set up in order to vary the Will. Reasons why you may wish to alter a Will include:

  • To reduce the amount of inheritance tax payable by the estate/beneficiaries.
  • To aid with the tax position or tax planning of a beneficiary. For example, by passing property directly to the children of an elderly beneficiary, it may prevent inheritance tax having to be paid on the death of the parent.
  • To provide for a needy beneficiary.

 

If all the beneficiaries agree then the terms of the Will can be changed by a deed of variation.

If there are no children under 18 as beneficiaries then changing the Will is a relatively simple matter, provided that all of the beneficiaries agree. (Where there are children an application must be made to the court for consent.) It is always best to seek ways of avoiding court applications so in this situation alternative ways of reaching the same result should be discussed fully first.

Nb. If a Will is varied with the intention to avoid care home costs, the local authority has the right to ignore the alteration when conducting its assessment.

For further information on how we can help you with our Professional Probate Assistance service, Instruct Us now so we can organise a free no obligation initial consultation.

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