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This page provides information for people wondering whether to apply for the Grant of Probate/Letters of Administration and carry out the administration of an estate themselves. The process is similar whether or not the person who died had left a Will but here we explain the differences which may have an impact on your decision to carry out probate yourself or whether you should engage a legal professional.

DIY PROBATE/ADMINISTRATION (ENGLAND & WALES)

We should explain at the outset that the National Bereavement Service works in partnership with a number of solicitors who are trusted to give a high quality service to anyone wishing to use their services, as well as to   provide an honest and transparent fee structure. We do not expect any solicitor to encourage anyone to take out a service that is not needed and it should be noted we can only introduce you to a solicitor with your consent. Whether or not you choose to use their service is a decision you make after consultation with them and confirmation of their fee structure.

We want you to make the right decision for you in relation to the estate you are responsible for and hope this information will be helpful to you.  Do phone us if you would like to discuss your options further.

There are two types of professional services available:
The factors that may influence your decision on whether to deal with probate yourself can be grouped under four headings:
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The provisions of the Will when there is one / Intestate Estate (no Will)

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The nature of the estate

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The

beneficiaries

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Your

personal

circumstances

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