Probate Solicitor Brighton

Losing a loved one is never easy, and the added stress of legal proceedings involved in probate can make the process even more challenging. However, The Probate Network in Brighton is here to help. The Probate Network is a unique service that connects individuals with knowledgeable and compassionate probate solicitors and practitioners in Brighton who are willing to provide some free probate advice.

Access to Free Probate Advice

The Probate Network’s main aim is to simplify the probate process by offering individuals access to solicitors who can provide initial guidance based on their specific circumstances. By contacting The Probate Network, individuals can expect to be put in touch with a reliable and empathetic probate solicitor or practitioner in Brighton who is regulated by either the SRAICAEW or CLC.

During the free 20-minute telephone consultation, individuals can discuss a range of probate-related matters, including;

  • Grant of probate: This is a legal document that gives an executor the right to administer the estate of a deceased person in accordance with their will. A grant of probate is typically required to access the deceased person’s assets, including property, bank accounts, and investments.
  • Letters of administration: If the deceased person did not leave a valid will, letters of administration may be required. This is a legal document that gives an administrator the right to manage and distribute the estate according to the law.
  • Advice on probate forms: Probate forms can be complex and confusing, and it’s important to complete them accurately to avoid delays or errors. Probate solicitors can provide guidance on which forms to use and how to fill them out properly.
  • Dealing with contentious probate: Sometimes, disputes arise between beneficiaries or other parties involved in the probate process. Probate lawyers can provide advice and representation in these situations to help resolve conflicts and ensure a fair distribution of the estate.
  • Valuing the probate estate: Accurately valuing the deceased person’s assets is an important part of the probate process, as it determines the amount of inheritance tax that may be due and helps ensure that beneficiaries receive their fair share of the estate.
  • Inheritance tax (IHT) and IHT calculations and inheritance tax exemptions: Inheritance tax is a tax on the value of the deceased person’s estate, and it may be due if the estate is above a certain threshold. Probate advisors can provide guidance on how to calculate and pay inheritance tax, as well as advice on any available exemptions or reliefs.
  • Estate administration and distribution: Probate advisors can provide assistance with managing the deceased person’s assets, paying any debts or bills, and distributing the remaining assets to beneficiaries according to the will or the law.
  • Assistance with locating beneficiaries: In some cases, it may be difficult to locate all the beneficiaries entitled to a share of the estate. Probate researchers or genealogists can help identify and locate missing beneficiaries, ensuring that everyone receives their fair share.
  • The Rules of Intestacy. UK intestacy rules are the laws that apply when someone dies without leaving a will. In the absence of a valid will, it is these rules that decide how a person’s estate is distributed after they die.
  • International Probate: When an individual dies owning assets outside of the UK, in one or more countries, probate usually must be obtained in all the countries where the assets are located

Genuine Free Probate Advice

The probate solicitor or practitioner will not use the call as a sales pitch but rather to provide genuine and helpful advice that can assist in planning the next steps to manage the probate process.

If further assistance is required, individuals can request a probate quote during the consultation or through an online form at a later time. The Probate Network is unique in that not all solicitors and practitioners offer free advice. By connecting individuals with probate solicitors in Brighton who are willing to provide free probate advice, individuals can decide if the solicitor or practitioner is someone they can work with should they need further advice in the future.

After the consultation, individuals will have a better understanding of their legal position and can decide if they require the support of a probate solicitor or practitioner. If necessary, the probate solicitor or practitioner can assist with specific elements of the probate process, such as calculating inheritance tax and exemptions or applying for the grant of probate or letters of administration.

The Probate Services Business Directory

The Probate Network also provides valuable resources, including a probate services business directory that offers access to a range of probate service providers in Brighton and beyond. This includes;

  • Probate finance and loans: Access to financing options for probate-related expenses, such as legal fees and taxes.
  • Probate insurance: Insurance policies specifically designed to cover the costs and risks associated with the probate process, including probate specific empty property insurance.
  • RICS property valuers: Chartered surveyors who can provide professional and independent valuations of probate property and other assets involved in probate.
  • Genealogists: Researchers who specialise in tracing family histories and identifying heirs and beneficiaries in probate cases.
  • Asset and will searches: Professional services that can locate and retrieve missing assets and wills for probate purposes.
  • Burial and cremation: Funeral directors and service providers who can assist with the burial or cremation of the deceased, including arrangements for transport, ceremony, and memorialization.
  • Valuers for all types of property: Experts who can appraise the value of various types of property, including antiques, art, jewellery, and collectibles, for probate purposes.
  • Probate-specific house clearance: Professional services that can assist with clearing out and disposing of the contents of a deceased person’s home, including furniture, appliances, and personal belongings.

Why we offer this service

The Probate Network was launched to provide people needing probate advice with an option to talk to a local probate solicitor or practitioner for free to ask some initial questions. The service was created following the founder’s experience of trying to find a solicitor or practitioner who would answer the question “Is Probate Required?” without having to book an expensive official appointment. The free advice offered by The Probate Network is genuine and provides individuals with critical information, including an initial assessment of their unique needs, an estimate of potential costs associated with professional probate assistance, and the chance to evaluate their comfort level with the probate solicitor or practitioner. Probate is a complex area and often a very emotional task to complete so it’s crucial to deal with a solicitor or practitioner who you can trust and understand.

Here to help

The Probate Network is an invaluable service for anyone dealing with the loss of a loved one and the probate process. The service provides individuals with access to reliable and empathetic probate solicitors and practitioners in Brighton who are willing to provide free probate advice. The free consultation provides individuals with critical information that can help them navigate the probate process and make informed decisions.

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Andy BAndy B
11:10 03 Sep 23
I used the 20 minute free service. The call I received was punctual and my three questions were answered fully and clearly. There was no pressure to progress to 'paid for' services. On that basis, if I do need further help with probate, I think I'd be happy to try them out.
Really really helpful at such a difficult and vulnerable time.He went through everything clearly and supportively
Robert BrownRobert Brown
18:58 02 Aug 23
My appointment was scheduled and the subsequent call was on time. I had an excellent discussion with Keisha. She provided a detailed answer to my query and gave me a clear way forward.
Lorraine PrangnellLorraine Prangnell
18:50 23 Jul 23
I can't thank Lesley at Awakened Law enough for the invaluable advice she provides with regards the my late fathers estate. She was kind, sympathetic and answered all my questions.There was no 'hard sell' to employ her services, which, I have to confess, had been a concern.Thanks again to Lesley and The Probate Network.
Tim GuyTim Guy
09:44 26 Apr 23
An excellent service which has helped enormously in my quest for sound legal advice and representation. Thank you so very much JulieWith best wishes,Tim
17:54 10 Apr 23
I needed some advice on completing probate inheritance tax forms. I thought this may be a sales pitch but it wasn't. The guy I spoke with gave me some really useful advice which helped me to complete the all the forms which HMRC seem to be happy with. Great service, highly recommended.
Nancy SmithNancy Smith
06:39 02 Apr 23
Whilst I did get some useful advice this arena is more focused on selling the services of the solicitor who you meet with, and I felt the advice was not definitive because of that. My call was a WhatsApp video call which I wasn’t expecting. If you’re ready and presentable it’s probably better!
Fred SharpFred Sharp
16:50 13 Dec 22
The agent was very patient in dealing with the multiplicity of detail that I supplied, and with the numerous questions that I asked. I sense that this patience caused the consultation to go beyond the allotted time, and that was especially appreciated.
Vera TaylorVera Taylor
12:38 07 Jul 21
Holly was fantastic. She contacted me prior to the appointment to ensure that the time was still convenient. During the consultation she was objective and informative. Excellent information, advice and guidance. The offer to answer further questions was also offered. An amazing service that really helped me when I needed it massively. Thank you and would recommend this to anyone needing support with regards to being left sorting out an estate, with or without a will. Thank you Holly
a Ba B
09:47 17 May 21
Often ‘free consultation’ means vague information and a hard sell so I was sceptical about this service. How wrong I was! They were absolutely brilliant! They listened, they gave me good advice discussing options and made sure I was clear about the legal position before finishing the call. There was no ‘sell’ and no pressure. Based on this experience they come acidosis open, transparent and honest and so, if things don’t work out, I’d be inclined to go back to The Probate Network. Superb!
jude eejude ee
13:58 26 Dec 20
Booked a 20 minute free consultation as desperate for advice - had no expectation of it actually happening or being useful but it turned out to be exactly what was promised - free, professional advice (and very useful) at the time slot I chose. Am v grateful - thanks.

Our Probate solicitors and practitioners in Brighton operate in the following areas:

Bevendean, Borough Of Brighton And Hove, Brighton, Falmer, Hove, New Shoreham, Ovingdean, Patcham, Portslade, Portslade-by-Sea, Preston, Rottingdean, Shoreham, Shoreham-by-Sea, Southwick, Stanmer and the surrounding towns and villages.