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Probate is the legal process of releasing funds from the deceased’s bank accounts, and other investments and property. It is the responsibility of the person named as the Executor in the Will to administer the estate in accordance with the terms of the Will and it is they who will need to apply for Probate. If Probate is required, the estate has to be administered in accordance with the intestacy rules.

It can be particularly stressful and time-consuming. Your lawyer will take on this job for you, using his/her considerable skills to speed and ease the process in an efficient and sympathetic manner.

Usually the next-of-kin will register the death and make funeral arrangements, and these tasks may be carried out by people other than the Executor. To get a clear view of how to proceed with all other arrangements it is best to take legal advice and Jackamans will be happy to help.  View our Executor Guide

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Our experts can advise on all aspects of the work involved in sorting out the financial interests of the deceased.  We offer a flexible approach and, once we have agreed a course of action with you, we will give you a clear estimate of our costs.  In addition, we offer a concise handout detailing all the steps needed to resolve the affairs of the deceased, just click here.

Your lawyer will communicate with you at every stage of the process, from the reading of the Will to securing the Grant of Probate necessary to access the deceased’s money and property.  We will use clear language, and will work hard to speed the process helping you to navigate your way through this difficult time.


  • Probate
  • Deeds of variation
  • Administering an estate


Do I need to use a Solicitor for Probate?

No. You can process your application online now with HMCTS. However, again the estate may not be a simple estate so always seek legal advice initially. If you personally apply for the Grant of Probate you are personally liable for the information given.

How long will Probate take?

How long is a piece of string? There is no set time limit. Once the application has been submitted, if on-line it can take between 10 to 14 days to be issued.


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  • Government guidance

    The official government website containing guidance on what to do when someone dies and a link to the DWP’s “Tell us once” service which offers a means of notifying government department and local councils that someone has died. See also the guidance in the form of a leaflet by going to

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  • Will search

    To find a will or ‘grant of representation’ for people who died in or after 1858, recorded in England and Wales

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  • The Law Society

    The Website of the Law Society of England and Wales, under For the public: Common legal issues: Probate.

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