People acting as Executor of the Will of a friend or family member often seek professional assistance, and we always advise it. You can take on the process yourself, or appoint a lawyer, but probate specialists tend to be more efficient and less expensive.
The actual process of dealing with probate is effectively the same, whether you’re a lawyer, a probate professional or an individual taking it on without help. But going it alone can be tricky, while a probate professional has specific experience of some of the potential sticking points. They also hold all the relevant legal qualifications that a lawyer would.
How are probate firms better than lawyers?
You’ll get exactly the same outcome as you would with solicitors
The process of dealing with probate is virtually the same if you’re a solicitor, a probate professional or an individual taking it on without help. Going it alone can be tricky without support, but a probate professional is just as capable of looking after it for you as a lawyer, holding all the necessary legal qualifications.
How much does it cost?
Lawyers are typically more expensive than probate specialists. You might even find that they bill for time, and not results. It’s far more reassuring to agree a fixed cost up front and not worry about the clock. Also, a probate specialist is more likely to agree to the fee coming from the settled estate, and not in advance.
What do you think when you picture a lawyer? An older man in a grey suit, sitting at a desk in an office full of leather-bound books – or taking long lunches on clients’ time? Specialist probate firms like ours couldn’t be more different. We respect and value our clients and their needs, treating each case with full focus and compassion. We’re also accessible, making our services available in the evenings and at weekends, when clients aren’t at work or tending to family. We’ll also happily come to your home if that’s more convenient and reassuring for you.
Probate is all we do
Lawyers often have a large portfolio of clients, demanding a wide range of legal services, whereas companies like Probate London specialise only in probate and wills. We know our stuff inside out, so you’ve the reassurance that you’re in safe, expert hands, even with complex processes such as international Probate and contentious Probate.
How do I choose who’s best placed to help me with probate?
If you need help with probate, you probably have other things on your mind, on top of the day-to-day. So we recommend deciding what you need help with, and check what the firms on your shortlist offer.
If you work 9 to 5, Monday to Friday, a company that works the same office hours might not be right for you. And how far are they? Will they come to you, and save you a day off work and the cost of travel?
Also, it pays to get a feel for who you’re entrusting your needs to, so it’s always worth a look at their online reviews. Look out for reviews mentioning what’s important to you, such as price, professionalism, availability, and so on.
Do you really need a solicitor? Unless you have a family firm you use for everything, maybe investigate what the probate specialists can offer, and how they might save you time and money.
Finally, ask for quotes and what they cover, to develop an understanding of what your case could cost. You might be surprised at the range of quotes you receive. Also, see if you can secure a fixed fee – but make sure it covers all your needs. Getting a feel for the cost can help you secure value for money, and maybe even help you negotiate a better deal from a company you liked the sound of but seemed expensive. Whichever you choose, always have a clear picture of what you’re paying for before you appoint anyone to act on your behalf.
If you’d like to talk through your options in more detail, we’re only a phone call away. Call us on 020 8017 1029 for a no-obligation chat, or send us a message online and we’ll be straight back in touch.