Probate Solicitors

Our probate solicitors are here to help you through the entire process, providing excellent service at every stage of estate administration.

What is probate?

Probate refers to the entire process of managing one’s estate after they have passed away. Usually, this involves clearing any debts and distributing the assets, including property and finances, according to their Will.

What is involved in the probate process?

To begin the process of probate, the executor/s of the Will need to apply to the Probate Registry in order to obtain a ‘Grant of Probate’. This is a document that gives the executor legal authority to administer the estate. If no Will was left, or no executors were named in the will, a family member can apply for Letters of Administration.

Once the Grant of Probate has been obtained, the executor/s can begin the process of distributing with the deceased’s Will, including identifying all assets and liabilities, paying inheritance and capital gains tax and transferring the assets to beneficiaries.

Our experienced probate solicitors at Trethowans provide a full probate service to help guide you through all the legal processes and practicalities of administering your loved one’s estate. To learn more, please don’t hesitate to call our team of specialist probate lawyers today on 0800 2800 421.

Tailored probate services from experienced solicitors

Dealing with probate can be extremely complex, especially if the estate is large or someone disputes the Will. Our experienced and professional probate solicitors will act on your behalf to ensure the distribution of your loved one’s assets is conducted legally and efficiently.

Our probate lawyers offer a comprehensive and cost-efficient service that includes the following:

  • Advising executors on all legal aspects of probate and any associated risks
  • Provide estate administration guidance from start to finish, tailored according to your needs
  • Help with obtaining a Grant of Probate or, if there are no executors or Will, Letters of Administration
  • Negotiating with HMRC on your behalf in regard to any applicable taxes you may be liable for
  • Dealing with all practical arrangements, such as funeral preparations, property clearance, valuations, settling of debts including insurers and utility providers, manage provisions for carers and widows/widowers and supporting executors of the Will

Why choose Trethowan’s team of probate solicitors?

Our probate solicitors were shortlisted for The Law Society Excellence Awards in 2018 and are among the most experienced in the field of probate. We understand that this is a very difficult time for friends and family of the deceased, and will be there every step of the way to guide, advise and support you through the entire probate process. As each case is different, we tailor our services to fit your requirements, so you can be sure you will receive the support you need.

As well as providing excellent legal services, our team also give help and advise on practical considerations when administering a loved one’s estate, from utility providers and property clearance to re-homing of pets and personal arrangements for those close to the deceased.

“May I thank you for your considerable assistance to my mother in her role as Executor for my aunt’s estate. I know my mother has much appreciated your kind and efficient approach to the estate administration and to earlier matters relating to my aunt.”

An excerpt from a letter to Trethowans in January 2018, typical of the comments we often receive.

Trethowans law firm has offices located across the South in Poole, Bournemouth, Winchester, Salisbury and Southampton. To arrange a consultation with one of our specialist probate solicitors, don’t hesitate t get in touch on  0800 2800 421. We will help you secure your assets and affairs.

Meet the team

Richard Dollimore


Gary Pick


Claire Radigois

Senior Associate

Jenny Shucksmith

Chartered Legal Executive

Paula Arnold

Associate (Trust and Tax Practitioner)