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Probate solicitors

Probate solicitors

Our experienced probate lawyers are used to dealing with all aspects of probate and estate administration.

Get started with probate

Contact our friendly team by telephone or e-mail to arrange to speak to a specialist:

phone 01707 246100

email enquiries@bishopsgatelaw.com

Open 9.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday.

We act for clients nationally in England and Wales, and there is usually no need to visit our offices.

The wills and probate team is based at our Hertfordshire office.

Cost of probate

Our legal fees for uncontested probate will be calculated on a percentage according to the value of the estate.

More information about our fees and costs for uncontested probate and estate administration.

What is probate?

The process of probate takes place after someone dies. If there is a will, the executor named in it is responsible for ensuring that the estate of the deceased is secure, assessing its value and paying any inheritance tax.

Grant of probate

The authorisation, known as “the grant of representation” or “grant of probate”, is given by the Probate Service.

In order to obtain the grant of probate, there are a number of tasks which will have to be carried out by the executor including obtaining the death certificate, valuing the person’s estate, and calculating liability for inheritance tax.

If you have been named as an executor or someone close to you has died without leaving a will, our probate team can act on your behalf and apply for a grant of probate or letters of administration.

Estate administration

The executor has responsibility for estate administration, including gathering and valuing all the assets, paying any outstanding debts and then distributing what is left according to the will.

Before the administration of the estate can take place, executors or administrators need to apply for the right to deal with the deceased person’s possessions and affairs.

Our probate lawyers can act as professional executors and trustees on your behalf in administering the estate.

Contact us

Contact our friendly team by telephone or e-mail:

phone 01707 246100

email enquiries@bishopsgatelaw.com


We are dealing with the Coronavirus situation with our Business Contingency Plan in operation to allow us to continue uninterrupted provision of our services. We are functioning fully with our staff working remotely, and have systems in place to provide our services while making it unnecessary for clients to visit our offices.


We act for clients in England and Wales from our offices in London, Hertfordshire and Northampton.

The wills and probate team is based at our Hertfordshire office.

More contact information, opening hours, and office addresses.