You should consider using a solicitor especially if they regularly looked after the deceased's legal affairs or if you already have a good relationship with one. Please call us if you would like us to help you find a solicitor. Our colleagues from Simplify can also visit you at home at your convenience to help you understand the range of services available from solicitors.
How to find a solicitor
Probate Solicitors Network is a network of solicitors firms created at the request of Bereavement Advice Centre. It is made up of firms with specialist probate expertise located throughout the UK. If, having considered all the options you decide that you prefer to use a solicitor to help with probate we can introduce you to a solicitor in your area.
If Probate Solicitors Network does not have any members in your area we will use the Law Society 'find a solicitor' search.
As with all commercially provided services, when you first meet with a solicitor, do feel able to ask as many questions as you want about how the service is provided and about fees as described in the introduction to this section. The Law Society website, the organisation to which all solicitors belong, has more detailed information about what to check before deciding to use a solicitor
How to find an estate practitioner
To find an individual who can assist with legal issues visit the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners website and enter the county in which you live. STEP members are experts from the legal profession who can support you through trust or estate issues. STEP practitioners can be identified by the letters TEP after their name.