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Probate is a legal document you might need when someone dies

It’s needed after around 50% of deaths in England and Wales, whether there’s a will or not. Probate shows banks, the Land Registry and other organisations that you have the authority to deal with someone’s estate (that’s any property or money they owned).

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Because we know that dealing with probate can be tough, we’re mindful of your needs. Our specialists manage your case sensitively, offering unlimited support 7 days a week.

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Probate Provider of the Year

For too long, applying for probate has been slow, complex and expensive. We created Farewill to change all that, and we’re proud to be winning awards for our approach.

Probate Provider of the Year 2020 Award

Our Essential Probate service is 50% cheaper

The average cost of probate for an estate valued at £288,000 is over £1,200 in the UK. With our fixed price service you’ll pay less than half of this.

Chart comparing the price of probate from Farewill vs other solicitors, the average price is £1,282 while Farewill costs £595Chart comparing the price of probate from Farewill vs other solicitors, the average price is £1,282 while Farewill costs £595Chart comparing the price of probate from Farewill vs other solicitors, the average price is £1,282 while Farewill costs £595

Source: Prices of Individual Consumer Legal Services 2020, LSB

These prices are based on an estate worth £288,000, and don’t include the £155 government fee.

Our expert-led process is quick and hassle-free

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Your own dedicated specialist

Someone from our highly-skilled team will guide you through from start to finish.

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All done from home

Starting with a quick call. No need for any face-to-face meetings.

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Your application ready in a week

Once we have the information we need, we prepare your application in as little as 7 days.

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We’ve helped over 60,000 families so far

More questions about probate answered

What is probate?

Probate (short for ‘a grant of probate’) is a legal document that shows banks, the Land Registry and other organisations that you have the authority to deal with someone’s estate. The process of getting probate usually takes 1-3 months.

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When is probate required?

Probate is usually required if the estate of the person who died is worth more than £10,000. However, if most of the assets in the estate were jointly owned, probate may not be needed at all.

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How long does probate take in the UK?

Probate usually takes 1-3 months depending on the complexity of the estate. It can then take up to 6 months to close accounts, sell property and pay taxes.

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A little more about us

At Farewill we’re making everything to do with death easier, friendlier and more affordable. We provide probate, wills and funerals with a difference, and so far we’ve helped over 60,000 families in the UK.

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Farewill is an online service providing legal forms and information. Farewill is not a law firm but we work with law firms, including our subsidiary Farewill Legal Services which is regulated by the SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority), to deliver elements of our probate services.

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