Probate

Probate is the process of proving that a Will is valid and that the executors are the persons entitled to deal with the assets of the deceased.

Hethertons Solicitors offer sound, professional advice on all aspects of probate and the administration of estates.

A grant of probate is required where the deceased had assets of over £5,000. If the deceased died without leaving a Will (intestate), a similar document, known as a ‘Grant of letters of administration’ will usually be needed.

Our team can help you:

  • Identify the assets and liabilities of the estate
  • Obtain valuations of assets
  • Notify the beneficiaries named in the Will/on intestacy
  • Complete the income tax return to the date of death
  • Calculate whether any Inheritance Tax (IHT) is due from the estate
  • Complete the application for the grant and submit it to the Probate Registry
  • Register the grant and collect the money owed to the estate
  • Pay any outstanding liabilities
  • Pay any legacies
  • Distribute the estate in accordance with the terms of the Will or on intestacy
  • Prepare estate accounts

At Hethertons we have considerable experience advising older clients and Barbara Stephens, who heads up our Later Life Services, is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE).

For more information please call Barbara Stephens or Sarah Collier on 01904 528200 or email: brs@hethertons.co.uk or sjc@hethertons.co.uk

Please watch our client testimonial video

Wills and Probate Team

What Our Clients Say

Mrs B, York

“Special thanks and appreciation to Barbara who has always done her due diligence in making certain that my concerns have/are being addressed when handling my husband’s estate.”
2015-10-13T08:16:52+00:00
“Special thanks and appreciation to Barbara who has always done her due diligence in making certain that my concerns have/are being addressed when handling my husband’s estate.”

Ms. H, York

"Positive experience all round, friendly, professional, approachable, thanks"
2015-07-10T16:16:34+00:00
"Positive experience all round, friendly, professional, approachable, thanks"

Ms L, York

"I want to say how incredibly grateful I am to you - for everything. You have done to smooth the process of sorting out Probate, etc. in relation to my late brother's estate. I feel so fortunate to have found you - Thank you for being there, for your professional brilliance, your kindness, your humour and your empathy."
2018-03-19T16:42:44+00:00
"I want to say how incredibly grateful I am to you - for everything. You have done to smooth the process of sorting out Probate, etc. in relation to my late brother's estate. I feel so fortunate to have found you - Thank you for being there, for your professional brilliance, your kindness, your humour and your empathy."

Mr & Mrs I, York

"No improvement possible! Sarah was extremely pleasant helpful and efficient! Thank you, Sarah and Lucy"
2017-10-12T09:39:20+00:00
"No improvement possible! Sarah was extremely pleasant helpful and efficient! Thank you, Sarah and Lucy"

Mrs B, York

"Barbara is always pleasant, caring and very efficient so no critisism."
2017-11-22T14:40:23+00:00
"Barbara is always pleasant, caring and very efficient so no critisism."

Mrs F, York

"We were extremely happy with the service of Lee Higham, friendly & professional. Thank you."
2017-05-08T15:34:55+00:00
"We were extremely happy with the service of Lee Higham, friendly & professional. Thank you."

Mrs H, York

"Brilliant Service"
2016-04-14T15:42:53+00:00
"Brilliant Service"

Mr & Mrs K, York

"Well pleased with service. Sarah Collier was very pleasant to deal with. Thank you."
2017-07-13T14:48:50+00:00
"Well pleased with service. Sarah Collier was very pleasant to deal with. Thank you."

Mrs F, York

"I do appreciate Barbara's calm, caring and professional approach - it has been a difficult time with my father being so poorly. But I have peace of mind that my affairs are in order."

2018-03-02T16:18:23+00:00
"I do appreciate Barbara's calm, caring and professional approach - it has been a difficult time with my father being so poorly. But I have peace of mind that my affairs are in order."

Mrs B, Aberdeen

"I have no criticism at all. I have found everyone with whom I have had contact most helpful."
2017-04-07T12:23:26+00:00
"I have no criticism at all. I have found everyone with whom I have had contact most helpful."

Mrs G, York

"We find Barbara Stephens excellent to deal with and would have no problem in recommending her."
2017-04-27T11:24:50+00:00
"We find Barbara Stephens excellent to deal with and would have no problem in recommending her."

Mrs W, York

"Fantastic service, fantastic people very professional in very difficult times, can't thank you enough"
2015-07-10T16:16:19+00:00
"Fantastic service, fantastic people very professional in very difficult times, can't thank you enough"

Ms L, York

"Thank you also for all your help and efficiency over recent month!"
2018-03-19T16:44:02+00:00
"Thank you also for all your help and efficiency over recent month!"

Mr F, York

“Hethertons dealt with the processes extremely professionally, with a very patient and sympathetic attitude to my mum's situation”
2016-05-10T14:25:33+00:00
“Hethertons dealt with the processes extremely professionally, with a very patient and sympathetic attitude to my mum's situation”

Mr & Mrs M, York

"We have always found Hethertons to be friendly, helpful & efficient."
2018-01-04T16:04:02+00:00
"We have always found Hethertons to be friendly, helpful & efficient."

Mrs H, Haxby

"Service was excellent and courteous as always."
2017-11-03T09:49:14+00:00
"Service was excellent and courteous as always."

Mrs H, Haxby

""Very professionals, expedited service, Ms Stephens handled our businesses with courteousness & tact."
2017-02-16T18:30:33+00:00
""Very professionals, expedited service, Ms Stephens handled our businesses with courteousness & tact."

Mrs B, York

"Many thanks Barbara for all that you have done. I am delighted to have had you as a primary lead on all of these matters. You have been most appreciated throughout this ordeal."
2016-04-07T08:11:53+00:00
"Many thanks Barbara for all that you have done. I am delighted to have had you as a primary lead on all of these matters. You have been most appreciated throughout this ordeal."

Mr G, York

"I would just like to say that Barbara and Karen have always been very professional with all work carried out and are extremely pleasant to work with. Both are a credit to the company and the reason that I continue to use Hethertons for my legal needs. Thank you."
2016-12-12T13:21:56+00:00
"I would just like to say that Barbara and Karen have always been very professional with all work carried out and are extremely pleasant to work with. Both are a credit to the company and the reason that I continue to use Hethertons for my legal needs. Thank you."

Mrs R, York

"No improvement required with your probate service, Barbara was professional, efficient and excellent dealing with our requirements. Thank you."
2017-02-10T17:36:24+00:00
"No improvement required with your probate service, Barbara was professional, efficient and excellent dealing with our requirements. Thank you."

Mrs B, York

"Thank you for the wonderful way in which you handled this matter. I know that Steve & David were most impressed."
2017-01-04T09:15:29+00:00
"Thank you for the wonderful way in which you handled this matter. I know that Steve & David were most impressed."