Probate

When someone passes away it is often their loved ones who are left to deal with the difficult issue of sorting out their money and property, known as their ‘estate’. This is an often complicated and frustrating task that comes at the time when family and loved ones are struggling with the worst of their grief.

Our specialist team absolutely understand how difficult it can be for family and loved ones to cope with this responsibility and we can provide expert help and assistance in sorting out all aspects of probate applications.

We offer a service that is tailored to your particular circumstances either limited to helping you to obtain a grant of probate or dealing with tax returns and all the matters arising out of the estate.

We are experienced in dealing with:

  • Applications for grants of probate where someone has left a will
  • Applications for grants of letters of administration where someone has died without making a will
  • Dealing with banks and other financial institutions, funeral directors
  • Transfer or sale of shares
  • Valuation and encashment of investment portfolios
  • Sale of jewellery, antiques, property or even classic cars
  • Submitting HMRC Inheritance Tax, Income Tax returns
  • Verifying the identity or tracing beneficiaries
  • Winding up of trusts

and all other aspects relating to probate and the administration of estates.

Why go to Birchall Blackburn Law?

The so-called bereavement companies that we hear so much about are often run by unregulated, untrained and unqualified individuals. In complete contrast, our highly experienced probate and estate administration experts give you the assurance of knowing your affairs are in the hands of seasoned and compassionate specialists.

The lawyers in our probate and estate administration team have many decades of collective experience and are happy to see clients at any of our offices across the North West.

The majority of the team have additional specialist qualifications as members of the highly respected

  • Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners
  • Solicitors for the Elderly
  • The Law Society’s Private Client Section
  • Court of Protection Practitioners’ Association

The head of our team is also a panel deputy appointed by the Court of Protection.

How much does it cost?

The cost varies depending on what is involved and the work required. Once an assessment of your circumstances has been carried out, we will explain the costs involved and give you information about the funding options available to you.

We offer a tailored approach to legal costs, ranging from fixed fees to staged payments, or hourly rates. We will always provide a detailed cost estimate in writing at the outset.

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