What is a Grant of Probate?

When someone dies their estate (i.e. their money, property and possessions) needs to be dealt with by the executor named in their Will. The executor needs to obtain the necessary legal permission to do this – which is known as ‘Probate’. 

How do I get a Grant of Probate?

There are two options to get a Grant of Probate:

  1. Do it yourself. Find out more about obtaining Grant of Probate yourself here and here.
  1. Appoint a representative, such as an accountant (like us) or a solicitor, to do it on your behalf.

(Steer clear of using an unauthorised company to help you with probate-related matters.)

Using an authorised Accountant

In 2014, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) became an approved regulator and licensing authority for probate services. So, you do not have to use a solicitor for probate – instead you can use an authorised Accountant.

(If a Will is contentious it needs to be handled by a solicitor and we can recommend you a good one.)

Clarke Bell Ltd are authorised by the ICAEW to offer probate services for uncontentious Wills – which means you can use us to get the Grant of Probate for you. (You can also use our Full Probate service if you want us to handle the whole probate process for you).

Sometimes a solicitor will be named as an executor in a deceased’s Will – typically as part of that solicitor’s Will-writing service. However, this can be changed. (Give us a call to find out how.)

Many people would prefer to deal with their Accountant for probate because they are familiar with the deceased’s financial situation – and because their fees are normally considerably lower than the fees charged by solicitors.

However, a lot of Accountants are not authorised by the ICAEW to conduct probate work themselves. So, as Clarke Bell are, we work alongside them to help their clients with probate. You remain the executor of the Will and you appoint us as your representative.

We provide a quick and affordable probate service. Our rates are lower than those offered by solicitors and, instead of charging a percentage of the estate and/or hourly charges, we charge a fixed fee.

Grant of Probate fee: £350 (inc. VAT) (+50p per additional copy).

Full Probate fee: Prices on a case-by-case basis. {This can be paid from the estate during the administration process, which means there are no upfront costs for you.}

For more information

You no longer have to deal with a solicitor to obtain a Grant of Probate or for a Full Probate service. You can use an authorised Accountant – like us.

If you’d like more information about the probate services offered by Get Probate, contact us on 0161 907 4044 or [email protected]