The Probate Department

The Probate Department Ltd – how can we help?

What sort of help do you need from The Probate Department Ltd?

The Probate Department is an ethical firm of solicitors who offer a menu of probate service options at sensible fees.  We keep our overheads down to keep our fees modest. There are no percentage add-ons or minimum charges for short calls.   We’re happy to have a brief chat free or to send you some information to see if you actually need help.  Not everyone does.

Please bear in mind that there are almost infinite combinations of the Law and circumstances. Anything on this site is for general guidance only and should not be relied on upon without our detailed advice.

Horrendous increases in Probate Fees as from a yet not confirmed (though originally due for May 2017) mean that Lifetime Planning is critical, even if it is fairly last minute.  Our resident experts can help. Maybe the vast increases have gone away – but we doubt it!


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

*** ORDER Copy Will or Probate Grant ONLINE ***   BY POST please do NOT ring us about this – we cannot help – just click this link and follow the instructions.


These are our Quick Links – more probate advice follows below the frequently asked probate questions.


PROFESSIONAL ASSISTED PROBATE  (leads to summary page).


 Many common questions are answered HERE, such as

The Probate Department Ltd aims is to make the process of probate – legally sorting out a person’s finances after they have died – as easy and inexpensive as we reasonably can.  Not save-IHTeveryone has the time, knowledge or determination to cope with probate on anything but a very simple estate. Whether you have or not, you will find lots of probate help here. Immediately below are links to specific help pages.

Advance Planning   What to do on death  .  No Will?    Questions   Registries                                Contest a Will  Free Probate Guide   Copy Will   Deed of Variation     Probate Help  Testimonials  Inheritance Tax  Probate Forms.

Unfair Probate Fees – and how to avoid them.

If you do decide to opt for professional help, this is the page to read before you take any decisions. We hope you will come back to us as our fees are both fair and sensible.  But be aware that some probate firms fees are excessive, and you need to understand how to avoid unfair probate fees.  Banks probate fees are generally even worse!

Probate Advice Fees – who pays?

Most of the costs of probate can just come out of the estate when probate is granted and the assets can be collected in. Therefore executors need not be afraid of being out of pocket if you ask us for help with probate – as long as the estate is solvent.      Our probate fees are around a third less than the market rate, though we do ask for a small deposit.  We provide probate services throughout England and Wales – for the rest of the UK we can refer you on to fellow professionals.

But we can’t answer questions, except on English and Welsh matters as the UK probate rules differ in Scotland and N.I. – if you need help there, please use our Probate Enquiry form and say that the help is in N.I. or Scotland. That said, we are pretty good at settling International probate cases.

We are a UK Probate business, so we can only give brief free advice, but even if there is no money in the persons estate, should probate still be essential, we hope you will still find probate help throughout our site.

Here are our offerings, starting at the free one:

  1. Lots of useful free UK probate information to read and download if you want to do everything yourself.  Do watch the video too.
  2. UK Probate Help and Advice – pay for as much or as little help as you need along the way.
  3. Probate finishing service – you get all the basic information, pass it to us, we create all the necessary forms and either send them to you to send in, or we do it for you.
  4. Probate Instruct & Forget – tell us to do the lot, and we will sort everything out for you, and just keep you informed of progress. Our fees are typically 30 to 50% lower than High Street firms (and we’re much more convenient!)

Whatever you want, the starting point is either to give us a ring on 03 300 102 300 or just ask for the Probate Guide (via the form to the right.)   We will be happy to have a brief 5 minute chat before you decide which route is right for you, and to answer your questions (informally, as we clearly won’t have all the facts).

Please note that The Probate Department Ltd is a business (not a Government Department!) set up to help people through the trauma of the paperwork following a death in the family.  We are not a free helpline,  though we will always try to help if we can. However there are all sorts of useful resources on the site for those who want to try the DIY probate approach. You can always ask us for help if you get stuck. Our probate fees are modest, but we are not a charity! Do watch the “What to do on Death” video  – you will find it helpful.

How can The Probate Department Ltd help you with Probate in England and Wales?

The Probate Department team can offer as much or as little help as you need – we’ll do the whole job, or we’ll just give 15 minutes advice at modest cost, if that is all you need. Even if you don’t call us today, why not bookmark this site so you can come back to it. Click here for the Probate Department contact details. Sometimes all that is needed is for someone to explain everything to all involved to avoid things going very wrong in the family.

Why use the Probate Department?

  • We have a team led by an experienced specialist solicitor and former tax barrister.  We are not lawyers who try to do everything and don’t really know the ropes, but probate specialists.
  • Did we mention our low overheads and the consequent low probate fees? You could waste thousands or even tens of thousand pounds if you don’t speak to us.  Worse, you could trigger a massive tax charge accidentally!

The Probate Department Ltd. solicitors for Probate help in England and Wales.