Probate in Plymouth

At CWC Solicitors, we understand that dealing with a loved one's estate and applying for probate can feel overwhelming. Our experienced family law solicitors in Plymouth are here to provide the comfort, clarity, and legal expertise you need during this challenging time. Whether you're an executor or a beneficiary, we'll help you navigate through the probate process with sensitivity and professionalism.

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What is probate?

Probate is the legal process for settling the affairs of someone who has passed away. It involves organising their assets, paying any outstanding debts, and distributing the remaining estate to the rightful beneficiaries. Depending on the assets in an estate and or their value, there may be a requirement to obtain a Grant from the Probate Registry to enable the executors to dispose of assets in an estate and our specialist team can guide you through this process as well as administration of the wider estate.  Probate can be complex, but our solicitors in Plymouth, Tavistock and Devon will protect your interests with tailor-made solutions for your unique situation.

Understanding the probate process

From obtaining a Grant of Probate to handling Inheritance Tax, the probate process comprises various steps that must be undertaken with precision and care. Our family law solicitors in Devon provide clear, honest communication throughout the entire process, ensuring you understand each stage and making the proceedings as smooth as possible.

Guiding you through

Our role is to simplify and guide you through each phase of probate. At CWC Solicitors, we leverage our extensive experience in resolving estate disputes and achieving positive outcomes for our clients in Plymouth, Tavistock, and the wider Devon community. We’re here to support you with a local, understanding approach that recognises the individual needs of families in our area.


What is the first step in the probate process?

The initial step is to find the deceased person's Will, as it will typically nominate an executor. The executor will then need to apply for a Grant of Probate, which gives them the legal right to administer the estate.

Do I always need probate to deal with the estate?

Probate is not required in all cases. Typically, it depends on the value and nature of the assets involved. Our family law solicitors can advise you on whether probate is necessary for your specific circumstances.

How long does it typically take to complete probate?

The duration of the probate process can vary significantly, often taking several months. This timeframe can be affected by the complexity of the estate, whether Inheritance Tax is payable, the clarity of the Will, and whether there are any disputes.

Can I carry out probate without a solicitor?

Although it's legally possible, probate can be intricate, and many prefer to enlist the support of solicitors, like CWC Solicitors, to ensure all aspects are addressed correctly.

What taxes need to be paid during the probate process?

The deceased's estate might be liable for Inheritance Tax, and the executor is responsible for ensuring the correct payment is made. There can also be Income Tax or Capital Gains Tax considerations.

How can I reduce the risk of disputes during probate?

Clear communication and the guidance of experienced solicitors are key. CWC Solicitors specialises in mediating disputes to work towards an agreeable outcome for all parties.

What happens if there isn't a Will?

If the deceased did not leave a Will, the rules of intestacy apply, and the estate is distributed according to specific legal guidelines. We can help determine the rightful heirs in such cases.

Can creditors claim against the estate during probate?

Yes, creditors can make claims. It's important to settle all liabilities before distributing the estate to avoid personal liability. We assist in identifying any potential claims and addressing them accurately.

What are the duties of an executor?

Executors are responsible for collecting the estate's assets, paying debts, and distributing what's left to the beneficiaries. This role carries legal obligations, which CWC Solicitors can help fulfil.

How can CWC Solicitors assist with probate?

Our family law solicitors offer a full range of probate services, from consultation and advice , Probate only applications, to complete estate administration. Our compassionate approach ensures that the wishes of your loved ones are respected and fulfilled.

Why choose CWC Solicitors?

Choose CWC Solicitors, the local legal experts who genuinely care about providing personalised will writing services in Plymouth, Torpoint,  Tavistock and Devon. With a compassionate approach, we pride ourselves on delivering expert legal guidance infused with a deep understanding of the challenges families in the Devon and Cornwall area face. Trust us for honesty, clear communication, and commitment to achieving the best outcomes for your family.

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