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Coping with the loss of a loved one is never easy and carrying out probate during this time doesn’t make things any easier.  We aim to provide a service that will make this difficult time as simple and stress free as possible. Whether you are looking for support or want someone to take the strain of probate away from you, we are here to help.

Probate can be a complicated process and it must be completed accurately to prevent problems from arising in the future. Our supportive and dedicated team can provide advice and reassurance on how to complete probate, or provide a full probate administration service, taking care of everything for you.

Contact our private client team and we’ll be happy to explain the probate process and to answer any questions you may have.

"Working with Argo has been calm, straightforward and incredibly reassuring. I could not recommend them highly enough"

- Mrs Normal, Maidstone

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What is probate?

Probate is the process of dealing with an individual's estate when they die.

How does probate work?

  • Assets and liabilities need to be identified and valued to calculate the size of the estate.
  • Inheritance tax calculations need to be completed to identify a taxable estate from a non-taxable estate to ensure the correct tax forms are completed and the right amount of tax is paid.
  • An oath will need to be sworn by the personal representatives (whether they are executors or administrators) to confirm their authority or to give them authority to administer the estate.
  • Once the Grant of Representation (a Grant of Probate where there is a Will or if not a Grant of Letters of Administration) has been issued, assets can be collected in, liabilities paid and the estate distributed in accordance with the terms of the Will or Rules of Intestacy.
  • Sometimes changes to the Will or Rules of Intestacy need to be made. This can be done by preparing a Deed of Variation.
  • Trusts contained in the Will or the Rules of Intestacy may also need to be considered and established.

Do I need a lawyer to complete probate?

We believe, even if you are dealing with probate yourself, taking advice from a legal professional is invaluable, if only to give you the peace of mind that you are doing the right thing.