The Probate Department – our Help with Probate can Save Time and Money

We hope you find our site useful – if you need economical professional help to apply for probate, please get in touch!  We can find high-powered help for complex estates (still at sensible fees) or even lower fees for normal estates – just give us a call on 03 300 102 300.   

Help with probate doesn’t need to cost a fortune. Best saving to date is 94% of the quoted fee (but that was a little exceptional!).  The most popular service is the Assisted DIY Service where you just pay for the help you need, which may be minimal.  But it can avoid major mistakes!

But in the meantime, the first step is to ensure any property is fully protected and insured, or the executor could be personally liable!

LATEST Probate Registry contacts here – it has all changed and the Probate Service is (still) in a state of flux at present.

Probate Application Delays:

We can’t help once an application has been submitted. Delays after applying are getting shorter, but we still sometimes hear of people waiting way over 3 months after applying for probate to the Registry. Please don’t chase us – The Probate Department (brokers) Ltd is a private company, so please read the page on PROBATE REGISTRY DELAYS (latest update May 2022).  Do check the updates page, as the situation changes daily, and the published information is going to be behind the events. You may find some tips on how to apply for probate that could save you a month or more delay in the process,

Help with Probate: Inheritance Tax – Handle with Care!

A freedom of information request by the Daily Telegraph has revealed that HMRC took £274 million from 5,638 inheritance tax (IHT) investigations in the 2019/20 tax year: the highest figure in four years. Experts have told the Telegraph that the increase could be due to the complexities of the current IHT system. Penalties of up to 100% of the tax avoided can be levied on the Estate and or on the Executor PERSONALLY. So maybe a little advice might be prudent. With the substantial rise in house prices over the last couple of years, the tax take will rise substantially as so few people actually keep their legal affairs up to date as the Law, Tax and family circumstances change.  We recommend the Peace of Mind Service.

The Probate Department (brokers) job is to be sure that you do NOT pay through the nose when applying for probate!

One: If you want to do it yourself when you apply for probate, and perhaps warn you if it may be more complex than you think (bear in mind we don’t give advice) and point you in the right direction.

Two: straightforward estates if you need a little professional help, we have developed the Assisted Probate Service with an outside firm – as much or as little help as you need at reasonable rates.

Three if you don’t want to much involvement, we have contacts with tried and tested professionals who charge low fees for normal estates. And over 95% of cases fall within that category. Why pay full rates to a firm that may actually not have the right expertise in applying for probate?

Four – for more complex cases we have a panel of experienced solicitors and others whom we have recommended in the past and never had a poor report. And they are far from expensive.

Five – Probate Disputes – an initial review to ensure that you have a valid claim or defence and you understand the risks and costs involved.

But maybe it will turn out you don’t need any help, just a nudge in the right direction. 

Either way, The Probate Department can help – just ask!

Call us 03 300 102 300.

We’re happy to have a brief informal chat free or to send you some information to see if you actually need help with probate.  Not everyone does.

(Just in case you are after the Principal Probate Registry at High Holborn, click the link for their contact details. They are a Government Registry, unlike us.)

Some of the issues which may affect whom we would recommend to you are:

  1. If Inheritance Tax may be payable – firms who know how to minimise it now and in the future. Tax has to be paid promptly and accurately with the risk of large penalties. Payment 6 months from the end of the month in which the death occurred is the requirement, and it can easily take far longer than that.  So move immediately if there might be an IHT bill, or your beneficiaries will be very unhappy and out of pocket – let’s hope they are forgiving too!
  2. Similarly, if any of the beneficiaries are already close to having an IHT problem, some extra planning can save 40% tax – often repeatedly.
  3. Trusts in the estate.
  4. Overseas assets and folk not domiciled in the UK.
  5. Are there likely to be arguments or disputes? Family ones are most common, and paying a professional to take the flak can keep the family together.
  6. Would a deed of variation be appropriate?
  7. Where the family doesn’t have the time or admin skills!

Some FAQs

Should I use a solicitor to apply?

Do I have to use a solicitor? No. And don’t automatically let a bank or solicitor named as executor in the will carry out probate. You are normally under no obligation to use the probate services of the firm which stored the Will or even the one appointed as an executor, though if they start work you may not have the choice.

How much does it cost to get probate and administer an estate?

How much does professional help with the process of applying for a grant cost? The fees for probate and estate administration can vary widely depending on who does it, whether that be a solicitor, probate specialists or a bank. The cost for these normally ranges between 2.5 to 5% of the value of the estate.  But not if you come to us for a recommendation

Can money be released before appling for probate?

Banks will usually release money up to a certain amount without requiring a Grant of Probate, but each financial institution has its own limit that determines whether or not Probate is needed. You’ll need to add up the total amount held in the deceased’s accounts for each bank group – some banks have several trading names which all count towards their limit. An especially useful tip is that many institutions will pay the funeral director DIRECT but ONLY if this is arranged in advance and they hold enough funds of course!

Please bear in mind that there are almost infinite combinations of the Law and circumstances where you might need probate help. Often, we can point you in the right direction but be aware, everything on this site is for general probate help and guidance only and should not be relied on upon without detailed advice – which we do NOT give. Help with Probate and pointing you toward sources of professional advice is our mission.

Call 03 300 102 300 The Probate Department (brokers) Ltd who can connect you to the right professional to help you with applying for probate.


 We often get asked about this, which is nothing to do with us, but we hope this helps:

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