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Our probate experts will manage all of the paperwork for you, keep you updated every step of the way, and give you the award-winning service we’re known for.
Probate Provider of the Year 2020 and 2021
How Complete Probate works
Our legal team will sort out someone’s estate and affairs after they die, so you can get back to what matters most. The whole process takes between 3 to 18 months (or sometimes longer if the estate is more complex).
Value the estate
1 week to 2 months
Arrange property valuation
Track down assets and debts
Contact banks and other organisations to find out the value of the estate
1 to 3 months
Work out tax
Prepare probate and tax forms
Submit application and get probate from the probate registry*
Sort the estate
3 to 6 months
Pay taxes and debts owed
Contact pension providers
Claim on life insurance policy
Close bank accounts
Pay money to beneficiaries
Gather assets into one account
Organise property sale or transfer
Arrange sale or transfer of stocks and shares
*According to the probate registry, the current processing time is around 8 to 12 weeks (due to a 4 to 6 week delay).
How we can help
Get a dedicated specialist
We'll take care of the legal paperwork and take responsibility for sorting the whole estate.
Save lots of time
We'll contact banks, arrange to sell shares or property, and coordinate beneficiaries on your behalf.
Sort the admin on your behalf
We'll collect the money due to the estate, pay any debts, and make sure everyone’s paid correctly.
Helping families deal with life’s toughest moments
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.