Probate – when someone dies

Probate – sorting out the finances after a death.

Probate is the process of sorting out a person’s assets when they die. Without a grant of probate, it may not be possible to get hold of savings, investments, life insurance etc. Or to sell or mortgage the home.  Our local probate service is for Eastbourne, Polegate and Hailsham, but we do offer a service throughout England and Wales.

Details of how to register a death are further down the page.

We do urge you to get in touch immediately after the death, as we may be able to advise you on how to ensure that the funeral doesn’t become an immediate financial burden on those left behind. It is not uncommon for it to take six months or even a couple of years in complex cases before things can be resolved. But in most cases it is quicker! That is a long time to have to bear the cost of a funeral if you have to pay out for it unnecessarily from your own pocket.

You do need to Register the death as soon as possible and the Eastbourne Registrar of Births and deaths cen help you with the registration in Eastbourne, Polegate, Hailsham Seaford and surrounding areas.  Don’t forget to use the Tell Us Once Service.

We are specialists in the area of probate and will be pleased to advise you whether or not one of the various types of Grant of Probate will be needed. Why not pop into our office at Willingdon Triangle, Eastbourne?  We are a mile or so south of Polegate on the main road to Eastbourne, by the British Queen Pub and easy to reach from Hailsham.

Just get the basic facts of the deceased persons estates together, a copy of the Will if there is one and a family tree. Then give us a ring – we won’t charge you for a brief review and we are very easy to get to. If you can’t get to us, we can chat it through on the phone and if you wish us to deal with the probate, we can come out and collect the necessary documents from you, if that is easier. Or we can visit you if you are in Eastbourne, Polegate, Hailsham, Seaford or other nearby towns and villages.

Our fees for probate work are usually very competitive, as we don’t charge in 6 minute units where you can be charged for an hours work for just six 1 minute phone calls. We just charge by the minute for time spent and we’ll advise you how to minimise the time spend. You can even do part of the work yourself if you wish to.

The other thing we don’t do is to charge a commission based on the value of the gross estate. It is often called a “responsibility allowance.”   We just don’t feel it is right to charge an extra £1,800 for dealing with a bank account with £100,000 in it as compared to one with £50,000 in it.   The time taken is the same.

Probate on a Larger Estate?

This is an area we can help even more in. We have a former Tax Barrister on the staff and she can look at ways of minimising the cost of Inheritance Tax both before death and up to two years after. We are very lucky to be able to offer her expertise.


Eastbourne Law Probate Solicitors in Eastbourne Polegate Hailsham Seaford.