How to find a probate solicitor

Applying for probate can be a Stressfull and Exhausting task, but our specialists are here to make it feel simple. In this guide, you’ll find everything you need to know about going through probate and dealing with someone’s estate.

How to find a probate solicitor

You can find a probate solicitor near you by searching locally online or in telephone directories. Or, if you would prefer to sort out probate over the phone, you could use our nationwide probate service.


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    What does a probate solicitor do?

    probate solicitor can help deal with every aspect of the probate process. This includes things like:

    • Calculating the value of property
    • Tracking down paperwork
    • Speaking to banks
    • Working out tax
    • Preparing probate and tax forms
    • Submitting your application
    • Posting you the grant of probate
    • Paying taxes
    • Selling or transferring the house
    • Dealing with stocks and shares
    • Closing bank accounts
    • Contacting pension providers
    • Claiming on life insurance policy
    • Gathering assets in one place
    • Distributing funds to beneficiaries

    A probate solicitor’s exact role depends on your specific needs. If you’re short on time and are dealing with a complex estate, you may want someone to take care of the entire probate process. This type of service is called ‘full estate administration’ and is usually the most expensive option.  Compare the cost of our probate full administration to the average solicitor’s cost and receive an instant quote.

    If you’re happy to close bank accounts, sell the property and deal with all the other estate admin yourself, you’re probably better off with a grant-only probate service. This is usually a cheaper option and is often available at a fixed, upfront cost. Get an instant quote for grant-only probate. 

    How to find a probate solicitor or professional probate service

    If you are looking for a solicitor where you can have a face-to-face meeting. You can find a probate solicitor near you by searching on Google for “Probate Solicitor Near Me”  You’ll then be able to contact various solicitors to get a quote before making your decision.

    If a traditional, face-to-face service isn’t important to you, you could save money by using a nationwide probate service instead. You can find out about our fixed-price probate service here, or give us a call on 0808 188 9008 for a free quote.

    Do you need a solicitor to get probate?

    You don’t need a probate solicitor to get a grant of probate. If you’re the executor or administrator of someone’s estate, you can apply for probate yourself for a fee of £215.

    However, this isn’t recommended if you’re unfamiliar with legal jargon. The probate forms can be very complicated to fill out and mistakes often lead to long delays at the probate registry.

    As well as the probate forms, there are also additional tax forms that need to be completed to declare whether inheritance tax is due. So if you’re at all unconfident about applying for probate, you might be better off using a probate solicitor or professional probate service.

    How much do solicitors charge for probate?

    Probate solicitor fees can vary wildly depending on the way they charge and the amount of work involved. We’ll cover the different ways you can pay for probate below:

    Fixed price probate fees

    Some probate solicitors and professional probate services provide a fixed-price quote upfront. This gives you the peace of mind that there won’t be any hidden costs along the way. If you would like a fixed-price probate quote, please call our probate specialists on 0808 188 9008 or 0207 965 7568

    Charging a percentage of the estate

    If you choose a more traditional probate solicitor offering a face-to-face service, you may find that they charge a percentage of the estate. This is usually around 2-4% and, while it often sounds great on paper, it can easily end up costing over £10,000 for a fairly simple estate.

    Charging an hourly rate for probate

    There are also some probate solicitors who charge an hourly rate. This is usually somewhere between £150 to £300 per hour. Paying for probate on an hourly rate is often the riskiest choice, as there’s no way of knowing exactly how much you’re going to end up paying.

    How much does a professional probate service cost?

    At Probate Specialist Ltd, we offer a fixed-price probate service that allows you to apply for a grant of probate over the phone.

    Our fees are £499 for simple estates and £899 for complex cases and the probate registry fee is fully included in the price. You can get an instant online quote for grant-only probate here.

    If you’re looking for someone to handle all the estate administration as well as the probate application, our fees for this start at £1,899. These are also quoted and fixed upfront, so you know exactly how much you’ll need to pay before we get started. You can get an instant online quote for probate full administration here.

    Alternatively, call us free on 0808 188 9008 for a free quote on our probate and estate administration services.

    How to compare probate solicitors

    When comparing probate solicitors, it’s really important that you understand exactly what’s included in their service and how you can expect to pay for it. After all, a full estate administration service charged on a percentage basis is likely to be much more expensive than a fixed-price probate service.

    To help you work out which probate solicitor or probate service is right for you, we’ve pulled together a free guide on comparing probate services.


    How can you get probate without a will?

    You can call free on 0808 188 9008 or you can call us on 0207 965 7568 local call charges apply 

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