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Stapleton Gardner & Company

Wills and Probate - Probate

Dealing with the administration of the estate of someone who has died can be daunting.  The task is often made more stressful if the person concerned was a close relative, or a personal friend.

This is where we can help.

Let us make matters less difficult, by taking away from you the stress of dealing with the Probate Court, banks, insurance companies and HM Revenue & Customs (Formerly the Inland Revenue).

We will act very quickly.  Often probate can be obtained within 2 weeks of instructing us.  If the matter is complex and, therefore, there is a delay in obtaining the grant of representation, we will be able to arrange for essential bills to be settled.

Post death variations

It is important to review the financial situation of the relatives following a death.  It is possible to alter the way funds have been left, in order to minimise the amount of inheritance tax which will ultimately have to be paid, or to reduce the amount of care home fees which may be payable by the surviving partner.  This needs specialist advice and is extremely cost effective.


We can also help if you need to make enquiries about a Grant of Probate that has already been made.  We have access to the Probate Court records going back to 11 January 1858.

Our Fees

Our initial advice will be free of charge.  In most case, we can provide you with a quote for the cost of our services.  If the matter is more complex, we can still provide you with an estimate, both of which are without obligation.

We charge of the basis of the complexity of the matter not the value of the estate.  We have streamlined our service to be as cost effective as possible.  The simplest matters cost less than £300.

Quality Advice

Our specialist in this field has 18 years relevant experience.  She is qualified as both a Chartered Accountant and as a Solicitor, a fantastic combination for matters of this kind.  Come and meet her for confidential free initial advice.  If you are ill and live locally, we may be able to visit your home or hospital.