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  • Overview

    The help executors or administrators need when dealing with someone's estate varies enormously, depending on the complexity of the estate and how much work you want or have time to carry out yourself.

    Our experienced team of probate lawyers understand the challenges and upset our clients face when they lose someone, to help bring clarity and structure at this difficult time we have created a practical Bereavement Guide.

    We provide three levels of service

    • Grant-only service: we can apply for the Grant of Representation on your behalf and you enabling you to do the rest of the work yourself
    • Executor support service: you choose which parts of the process you want to carry out yourself and which you would like a lawyer to do
    • Full estate administration: our team will deal with each aspect of the probate process, so you are not burdened with the responsibility.
       

    Resolving complications

    Having support from a probate lawyer can take away stress at a difficult time. We can help you with issues such as:

    • What to do when someone dies without making a Will: we advise you of the steps you need to take and the rules that guide entitlements
    • Inheritance Act Claims: expert advice and assistance when a claim is threatened or proceedings are issued
    • Probate Disputes: we help you through the process and find the best solution.
       

    To ensure we provide you with the very best support possible we have created a Probate questionnaire, this will help us gain an understanding into your situation. Once we've recieved your questionnaire, one of our lawyers will contact you in regards to taking the next steps.

    How much does it cost?

    Costs vary according to the level of service you feel you need. We give you clear guidance on the costs at each step of the process. Grant-only services are provided on a fixed fee basis where there are no complications.

    To help control costs we will ensure that any new matter is handled by someone of the appropriate skill level and this will always be discussed at the outset.

    How long does it take?

    Timings vary according to the complexity of the estate and the level of support you choose. We will give you an estimate of the timings at the outset. We offer an express probate service for less complex estates.

    Free initial telephone consultation

    If you would like one of our team to discuss your needs and options please complete this short probate questionnaire and we’ll contact you, alternatively you can contact our probate lawyers at one of our two office locations in Kent and East Sussex.

     

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I was satisfied with the efficiency and warmth of the service Kirsty provided.

Client

Probate head Helen Stewart is 'a first-class professional.'

The Legal 500 2015

Kirstie Hancock listened to me and if it was not possible to do what I wanted explained why I could not do it and offered a solution. Pleasant, helpful and informative service.

Client

Kirstie Hancock listened to me and if it was not possible to do what I wanted explained why I could not do it and offered a solution. Pleasant, helpful and informative service.

Client

Thomson Snell & Passmore provides ‘an outstanding level of service’.

The Legal 500 2014

Clients note the firm’s ‘very reasonable costs’.

The Legal 500 2013

I cannot speak too highly of the care, attention and sympathy that I have received.

Client

The whole process was made very simple.

Client

Very sympathetic and understanding during a very difficult period of my life.

Client

Initial contact was made at a time of great stress and I was glad to 'hand over' some of my concerns to TS&P. Their expertise and consideration has been a comfort in a time of continual stress. Thank you.”

Client

Helpful, committed and responsive, who do a great job and treat their clients well.

Chambers UK

Sue, thank you for the hard work you have put into concluding mum's estate.  Thomson Snell & Passmore had been my parent's solicitors for decard. You served them well!

Client

Sue, we as a family sincerely appreciate your strong efforts, together with all of your Team, to assist us through this very trying process and must say a big Thank you.  Personally I am exhausted yet realise that I could not have achieved a final result without your professional and caring support.

Client

"The firm strikes just the right balance between talking and listening. The advice is proactive, but takes into account one's own views and aims in a sensitive manner." "A well-organised team which is available, able to empathise and communicates well."

Chambers UK 2016

Efficient, effective and friendly helpful.

Client

Sue Lambert assisted me greatly and kept me informed through the entire process.

Client

Sarah responded quickly and offered me sensible solution, and covered all the loop holes.

Client

Everyone has been extremely supportive throughout all the stages.

Client

As well as being highly efficient, great sensitivity has been evident during very emotional times.

Client

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