Probate Solicitors in Banbury and Bicester

Probate Forms and Probate Applications – Execution of Deceased Person’s Estates

Probate solicitors provide probate services to families after the death of a loved one. Our solicitors appreciate that this is a difficult time and we will guide you through the probate process.

Probate forms and probate applications are usually but not always needed. This often applies to people who do not own property or who meet some other criteria (described by the Citizens’ Advice Bureau). It is always good practice to check if probate is required and a probate solicitor can offer not only solutions, but also support and good advice.

In most situations, applying for grant of probate is something you will need to do. Naturally, this is often the last thing you want to deal with when someone you love dies so people choose to put these matters in the hands of probate solicitors. This lets clients focus on other practical issues and come to terms with the obvious grief and distress.

Some families struggle with concerns about how to pay for the funeral or how to deal with the individual’s house and personal belongings. A probate solicitor helps people identify any money that they can use to pay these immediate expenses. We will also advise you on the next steps to take such as valuing the estate, ensuring any taxes and outstanding bills are paid, and ensuring any final wishes in the will, if there is one, are addressed carefully.

Why choose probate solicitors near me?

When you work with a local firm, we know many of the local services you are likely to call upon at this time. If you need us to, we can talk directly to them about delaying payments until probate is granted, for example. This allows us to give you clear and straightforward advice, as well as a sympathetic and understanding approach.

All that remains then is a huge thank you, Michael. All this began exactly a year ago when Mum went in for her operation on March 23rd. You worked on her will (twice!) and gave her and us so much reassurance that we could focus on what really mattered at the time. My sister and I are both very grateful to you and I know Mum knew she was leaving us in safe hands.

What happens about applying for probate without a will?

If there is no will (which is sometimes referred to as intestate probate) or if there is a dispute about the way the will is written, we call this contested probate. In this situation you can rely on Siobhan and the team to provide expert advice.

What are the costs and options for making probate applications?

Hancocks has considerable experience of probate applications. We can either provide the guidance you need to fill in probate forms and make a probate application or we can take on the task of dealing with the estate from start to finish. The final cost of probate varies but our typical costs are laid out clearly so you can see how they break down.

We can help with incredibly complex situations, involving trusts and Inheritance Tax, or much simpler estates with small beneficial gifts. If you are looking for someone who will listen to what you want, we’re here to help. We will advise you on the best route forward and tailor a service to fit your requirements.

If you would like to talk to us you can email us or call 01295 253211 and we’ll be pleased to help.

Siobhan Sibley
Updated 21st October 2021