Do I Need Help With Probate?

Although it is possible to apply for Probate without instructing a solicitor, there are times when seeking legal advice is the best option. While many people apply for Probate and execute the Will by themselves, this is often when the estate is small, and the terms of the Will are straightforward. If you are considering applying for Probate and administering the Will yourself, you ought to consider the size of the estate and the complexity of the Will.

Before deciding to act for yourself, consider whether you can dedicate enough time to the process and whether you feel confident that you can manage some moderately complex legal work. You can read our full guide to the probate process here.

You should always seek legal advice if:

  • The Will is vague or unclear in any way, or the validity of the Will is in question.
  • Some of the assets have been left in a trust.
  • There are likely to be disputes over the Will, or someone is likely to appeal for provision.
  • The estate includes overseas assets, whether property, money or land.
  • The estate includes a business, or the testator was a business owner.
  • There are beneficiaries named in the Will who are under eighteen when the testator dies.
  • The estate is particularly large, or involves multiple properties.
  • The estate is subject to inheritance tax (that is, it was valued at £325,000 at the time of the testator’s death).

The abovementioned circumstances will likely take much longer to process and require expertise from different areas of law.

How can Cooklaw help me?

Although the cost of fees will vary between different solicitors, fees for Probate are usually based on a percentage of the estate as a whole. Remember that any legal fees are paid from the estate and so will not place an unfair financial burden on the executor alone.

As our fees for Probate are always variable, it’s best to speak to us about your individual circumstances, and we will be happy to provide you with a quote. A first consultation is always free, so whether you want to establish if you should apply for Probate yourself or just get a quote for our fees, we’ll be able to help.

Contact us today

If you like to discuss getting help with Probate, then please call us on 0191 567 7244 and we’ll be happy to help you. A consultation is always completely free and there’s no obligation to use any of our services – just honest advice. We’ll even be able to give you a transparent fixed-fee quote about our costs.

If you would rather contact us online, you could email us on or complete our free online enquiry form and we will be in touch with you shortly.

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