what our clients say

We would like to thank you so much for all your help. You were so friendly and helpful and explained everything so clearly. A pleasure to work with you - we couldn't have wished for a better service! We wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to others.

Mr and Mrs Brain

Professional service was excellent. Made to feel very welcome. Clear and simple explanations given verbally and followed up in writing. Every query answered and explained clearly. Excellent service in every aspect.

Mrs Hawkins

Very happy with the way Elaine handled everything and the way she listened to us with patience.

Mr and Mrs White

Excellent service, independent advice, flexible and value for money.

Mrs Franks

Consultations were conducted in a relaxed and unhurried manner. We were treated with the utmost courtesy and respect throughout Ė nothing was too much trouble. Your professionalism shone throughout. You were a breath of fresh air!

Mr and Mrs Turner

You went out of your way to visit us at home and help us with our problems. We cannot fault your service.

Mr and Mrs Roberts

Excellent, friendly and informative service in our house and with good written communication. Certain to recommend your services.

Mr and Mrs Lewis

Your service is highly professional, very responsive, competitively priced and 100% client focused. I will be certain to recommend you

Mr Cotgreave

It was a privilege and a pleasure to meet with you recently and I reiterate any thanks that my sister may have made regarding the help we have had with all of Mumís affairs.

Mrs Anderson

We were so impressed with our first contact that we wanted to use you.

Mr and Mrs Goodwin

Very satisfied with the advice given and the helpful, professional and friendly consultations with no pressure whatsoever.

Mr Williams

Fees were discussed and agreed prior to Elaine undertaking the work so there were no hidden surprises afterwards! We were pleased with the service, convenience of appointments and explanations given to us and will be certain to recommend you.

Mr and Mrs Griffiths

A pleasant experience, even though planning our demise!

Mr and Mrs Bull

I found Elaine very helpful, informative and easy to talk to.

Mrs Boddy

The meeting was very friendly and informative. We donít think the service could be improved.

Mr and Mrs Morris

You went over and above the call of duty with your advice. Thank you.

Mr Thomas

Your general manner and approachability made us very confident that our affairs would be dealt with efficiently.

Mr and Mrs Price

Friendly and pleasant manner.

Mr Purnell

It was logical, speedy and easy for the layman to understand.

Mr and Mrs Battle

Genuine willingness to be helpful. Professional, but with a kind, friendly approach. Thorough and prompt follow-up with letters of points discussed. Transparent and up-front about charges.

Mrs Phelps

Having been someone who has had to deal with an estate with no Will, I know how difficult it can be and I am always advising friends to complete their Wills. I will be heralding your professional approach.

Mr and Mrs Ayers

You simplified a difficult decision.

Mrs Evans

Both my parents died last year. It is a difficult time when one can be vulnerable and to find someone you can trust to help is important. Elaine professionally, compassionately and thoroughly handled all their affairs and gave excellent value. I would not hesitate to recommend Elaine.

Mr Bradley

What is Probate?

The term Probate means the official proving of a Will. 

When someone dies leaving a Will, it usually names one or two people to administer the estate: the executors.  However, in order to have the legal authority to do this, the executors may need to apply for a Grant of Probate. 

If someone has died without leaving a Will, the person wishing to deal with the estate may have to apply for another type of grant called a Grant of Letters of Administration. 

You will normally need to apply for a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration if the person who died had:

  • More than £5,000
  • Stocks or shares
  • A house or land
  • Certain insurance policies

When a person dies with assets less than this, it may be possible to administer the estate without applying for either type of Grant.

Acting as executor or administrator for someone’s estate can be a daunting task.  Many people find it stressful at an already difficult time.  If you have this role, you'll need to:

  • Find out and prepare a detailed list of the assets and debts of the estate
  • Open an executor’s bank account
  • Pay any necessary tax
  • Complete documents required by HMRC and the Probate Registry
  • Swear the papers at the Probate Registry
  • Receive the Grant and send copies to those who jointly own assets with the estate
  • Collect all the assets due to the estate and pay any debts
  • Pay any legacies and hand over any bequests
  • Distribute or invest the residue of the estate in accordance with the Will or the rules of intestacy.

Advantage Legal have experience in all aspects of administering estates.  Whether you need help for the whole process or just part of it, we’re here for you. 

And as we work on a fixed fee basis, you won’t need to worry about unexpectedly high legal bills either. 

Advantage Legal : We bring you peace of mind.

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