The loss of a friend or loved one can be a very stressful time with many people needing to be notified in the first few days. In addition to the immediate tasks you need to attend to, such as arranging the funeral, there is a lot of paperwork to be dealt with and official documents which need to be completed over the next few weeks. One of the duties you may have to undertake is applying for Probate. This can often be a complex and extremely time consuming process and needs attending to at a time when you may not feel able to perform this task. Our specialized Probate Team have a sympathetic and patient approach when dealing with bereaved relatives and will happily arrange a visit to discuss your requirements in the comfort of your own home. Unlike Solicitors and many other Legal companies who often charge an hourly rate, we can provide a Fixed Fee Probate Service, which is quoted in advance of any work being undertaken. This could be a considerable saving on the fees you would typically pay to a high street Solicitor. As part of our Probate Service, we can also offer you independent advice on the Will itself and may, under certain circumstances, recommend a Deed of Variation. A Deed of Variation changes a Will after death and enables the beneficiaries of a deceased’s estate to alter the distribution, or relinquish a bequest from an estate, by changing the deceased’s Will. The main reason for using a Deed of Variation is to ensure that the assets passed to a beneficiary are protected from threats such as Divorce Settlements, Long Term Care Fees, Creditors or Bankruptcy, Generational Inheritance Tax and Re-Marriage After First Death. This process must be executed within two years of death and needs to be with the agreement of all the beneficiaries.