Probate and Estates Service

We’re here to provide you with sensitive and thorough support to guide you through each step of the probate process.

At Ashford & Partners we provide sensitive and expert probate advice for you during what can be an undoubtedly stressful time.

Probate can be a complex process, which is often the last thing people want to deal with after a loved one has passed away.

We understand this and are on hand to guide you through the process, step by step.

What is probate?

Probate is the financial and legal process for dealing with the assets of someone who has died.

Probate is usually needed when the deceased owned significant assets in their sole name.

A grant of probate is a legal document that is needed to access the assets of the deceased and it gives a named individual legal authority to deal with the estate.

If the person died with a Will, it is the responsibility of the named executor to apply for probate.

If there is no Will, then the rules of intestacy will show whose responsibility it is.

We have made this chart to outline these rules.

The probate process essentially ends when all inheritance has been passed and debts have been paid, including completing an Inheritance Tax return and paying any tax due.

Don’t worry if this sounds overwhelming. Our expert team have put together a brochure that covers all you need to know about starting out on the probate process and what you need to do to ensure all rules are followed correctly.

View the brochure here

What do I need to do?

The probate process can seem incredibly daunting when you begin, especially if it is the first time you are dealing with it.

It is easy to feel overwhelmed, which is why we have put together an essential probate checklist.

The checklist breaks down every stage of the process into individual jobs, from registering the death and arranging the funeral, right through to storing the documents correctly.

All you need to do is follow each step, adding in the date that you completed and checked each job as you go.

To download the form, simply submit your email address in the form below.

How Ashford & Partners can help

We are with you every step of the way, bringing together a comprehensive and expert service that is also compassionate to your needs during a bereavement.

You expect a thorough service, that is on time and keeps you updated as the process progresses.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today for probate advice. Call us today on 01923 209859 or email