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What is Probate?

Probate is the process of proving that a Will is valid and confirming the Executor’s authority to administer the estate of a person who has died. Although Probate actually relates to an Estate where a Will was made, even if there was no Will, a similar process will still be followed and this is often referred to as Probate as well.

It depends on the value and contents of the Estate you are administering as to whether you need to get Probate or not. Usually if there is a property, a large shareholding or cash assets you will need to obtain probate. Banks and building societies and other financial institutions set their own limits on when they insist on you obtaining a grant of probate. Some are as low as £5,000 and some as high as £50,000.

Other questions we get asked about Wills & Probate

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Who Can Be An Executor?

A member of your family, your partner, a friend or solicitor may act as your executor. The executor must be …

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I Am Married And Don’t Have A Will But My Husband Does. Do I Still Need To Make A Will?

Both you and your husband should make Wills. As well as ensuring that you have provided for each other, you …

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Am I Legally Responsible If Things Go Wrong As Executor?

When you act as an Executor you are expected to act reasonably and act in the best interests of the …

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Who Can Witness My Will?

Ideally any independent who is not related to the maker of the Will. A beneficiary or a spouse or civil …

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Do I Have To Name My Children And If So, Do I Have To Change My Will If I Have Another One?

Not necessarily. When we receive your Will instructions, we will look at your age and circumstances, and we will write …

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How Can I Revoke My Previous Will?

A Will can be cancelled simply by creating a new Will which states that all previous Wills are revoked. Your …

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What Will Happen If I Do Not Make A Will?

A Will allows you to specify who you wish your estate to pass to upon your death. If you have …

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If I Appoint My Solicitor As The Sole Executor, Is There A Charge For This?

Yes, the solicitor is allowed to charge reasonable costs for acting as an executor. The usual charges are between 1½ …

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Can’t recommend Catteralls enough. Eleanor, Claire and her team have just helped us with a recent house sale. They were quick and efficient with responses. Even with me ringing and emailing plenty (very annoying) but nothing was too much for them. They did all things on our side promptly and kept us in the loop at all times. Will be recommending them and using again in future if needed.Thanks so much.Rachel and Harry.
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13:53 02 Oct 23
We used Catterall's for the sale of a property and had excellent service throughout. Everything was done promptly, efficiently and accurately. We had experienced lots of errors with a previous firm and saw a marked contrast in the quality of service and professionalism from Catteralls. Danielle and Sue were knowledgable and helpful and were able to answer questions about the errors from the purchase of the property with a different firm so that we could move forwards quickly with the sale. Prices were reasonable and competitive but I would choose the firm again regardless of price because of the experience. It is the second time we have used the firm (previously for a different purchase) and I can highly recommend them.
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08:59 17 Sep 23
My wife and I engaged Catteralls Solicitors conveyancing services to both sell our old house and to buy our new house. We can thoroughly recommend their services in this regard. In particular we would like to give excellent feedback to Ms Eleanor Parkin, our Conveyancing Executive at Catteralls, who dealt with us throughout the buying and selling process. Some aspects of that process became problematic but Eleanor went above and beyond that which was expected of her and ensured that any problems were resolved effectively and efficiently to ensure a smooth completion. Our engagement with her was always friendly and professional and we would be happy to recommend her professional services to others. Thank you, Eleanor!
Caroline WilsonCaroline Wilson
13:13 25 Jul 23
Thank you Catteralls for helping us with our recent house sale!! I will certainly recommend you to family and friends.Catteralls would be the first solicitor I came to if I needed any help in the future! Thanks again for everything. Fantastic communication, making a hard time in our lives that much easier. I can not fault a thing.☺️
ChoozersChoozers
22:51 17 Jun 23
I've used these for the sale of a rental property and my will and am also currently using them for a purchase of a residential property. Used them because my usual solicitors let me down. I can't comment on price because I didn't really shop around. A family member recommended them, and they've been good for me so far. Here, I've never felt like I haven't been able to speak to someone when I've needed to and they've always been on hand to explain anything I didn't understand. So far so good.
Kevin SlatteryKevin Slattery
09:53 08 Jun 23
Jenny and her team, saved the day after our sale and purchase almost fell through due to the poor performance of our previous solicitor. She was responsive, highly efficient and keep us informed throughout the whole process. We would only use Catteralls for any future conveyancing requirements. Many thanks Jenny, Sarah and the rest of the team!
RachelRachel
14:24 09 Mar 23
Jess looked after my case. It was most helpful in that I was able to do everything via email, so all I had to do on the day was sign some paperwork, therefore only needing to make the one visit, which was perfect for me.Jess was efficient & organised and made the process a smooth one.Thanks Jess I appreciate all you did for me. 🙂
Aneka RandallAneka Randall
17:04 09 Dec 22
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20:07 02 Nov 22
Jenny and her team were brilliant with our house sale and purchase. They answered all our queries, made sure we understood everything and kept things moving along. We are very great full for your hard work! Thank you!
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