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Simplify Probate: Why Enlisting a Solicitor Makes All the Difference

People often ask whether an estate will ‘go to Probate’, although many are unclear exactly what this means.

A Grant of Probate (or Letters of Administration if there is no Will) authorises the Executor to administer the estate by collecting in all the money and assets, settling any liabilities and then distributing the estate to the beneficiaries. It may not be necessary to apply for a Grant if all the assets were held jointly or if they are of low value.

Administering the estate of someone who has died can be a complicated process and it can also be emotionally straining for those involved due to the intricacies of the legal system. An application for a Grant can be made without any legal assistance, but using the services of a solicitor makes the whole process as stress free as possible. A solicitor will also be able to let you know if you need to make an application for a Grant or not.

The Probate process can be a minefield and seeking the advice of a solicitor will mean that they can guide you through the process and ensure that all available tax allowances are claimed. This can make a huge financial saving too.

When choosing your solicitor, it is important to find someone trustworthy, transparent and reliable. Here at Dawson Hart, we take pride in our successes and client satisfaction. Our probate team are reliable, trustworthy solicitors and legal executives who want the best for you and your family.

We are delighted to be one of two firms in Sussex to have been accredited member of the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS). We follow best practice procedures to meet the highest standards of technical expertise and client service in providing tailored Wills and probate advice to our clients. This is very important to us at Dawson Hart as we pride ourselves on the service we offer and with the WIQS Client charter you can be assured of an excellent service.

One of our clients have recently said ‘Matters were dealt with efficiently and I was kept informed. Wills and Probate were a bit complicated but I received clear instructions.’

If you have any questions or enquiries regarding probate, please call 01825762281, or email We can offer in-person or remote meetings, depending on what’s easier for you. Our office in Uckfield is open 9-5 Monday-Friday.

We are here for you, when you need us.