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Our Probate Service

The Final Duties probate offers fixed competitive fees from our panel of solicitors. Our service is designed to give clients a wide range of competitive and professional options when undertaking their very important role as an executor. See Our Probate Blog

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Wills & Trusts

Wills are important, so important that we offer free simple wills to all our website visitors and free trust wills to existing Final Duties probate customers. Having a will ensures that your executors and beneficiaries know what you want to happen after your death.

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Executor Services

Executor Duties and Responsibilities can be difficult to understand. We offer free advice to first time executors, can help remove professional executors and reduce executor fees. Our legal team can offer a large range of executor advice services.

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Who are Final Duties?

Final Duties are the UK’s only probate broker established 10 years ago. We have helped thousands of people just like you get the most from the legal process. We have 4 core principles.

  • Deliver value for money.
  • Provide the best probate service we can to everyone that needs our help.
  • Keep things simple where possible and always offer clear explanations.
  • Respect the wishes of the estate you represent.

These principles run through the core of our probate business and are promoted in every area of our business. Our experienced and sympathetic staff are on hand to help and offer an inclusive probate service without fear of commitment or costs.

What do Final duties do?

  • We find the best probate solicitors in the country so you don’t have.
  • We assess your estate and with our expert knowledge pick the solicitor that best fits your needs.
  • We agree a fair fixed rate fee with the solicitors on our panel so you can be sure that once you have accepted the quote it will not change (unless the details of the estate do)
  • We continuously monitor and support the solicitors during the administration to ensure the best quality of service.
  • Provide support for other aspects included in estate administration by finding and obtaining quotes for other services you many need.

Why Choose Final Duties?

A Full Administration Service

We offer a full administration probate service this means our solicitor will take care of all of the paper work and correspondence with the relevant institutions, probate office and HMRC. So you don’t have to worry about any of the administrative work and can just concentrate on the personal aspects of the process.

Guaranteed Fixed Fee Probate

Through the use of our unique fact finding process, we are able to create a detailed picture of the estate and what work is involved in administering it. We take comprehensive details of the estate at the outset so that we can provide a fixed fee written probate quotation that is guaranteed not to increase unless the details of the estate change.

Absolutely No Hidden Executor Fees

Your fixed probate fees quotation will include a 24 point schedule that sets out exactly what service you will receive and a break down of all other charges and disbursements. You will know to the penny what the final bill will be before you instruct us.

Low Cost Competitive Fees

Bank probate fees often exceed 4% of the estates value and most solicitors work on a cost per hour plus a percentage of the estate.  We think that this is grossly unfair.  Our quotation is based on a fair estimate of the number of hours work required, rather than a percentage of the estate’s value. This means our fees are much more competitive than solicitors, banks and other probate providers.

Panel of Expert Solicitors

We have handpicked a variety of expert probate solicitors from all over the county to be on our panel. This means that we will have a solicitor that will best suit you estate and have a proven track record of a high level of service and expertise.

STEP Qualified Solicitors who are Authorised and Regulated by the SRA

We only have fully authorised and regulated solicitors on our panel to ensure the best service and protection for our customers. All of the solicitors we use for our probate services are STEP Qualified (society of trust and estate practitioners) this means they specialise in wills, trusts and estate administration so you can be sure that the work will be carried out to the highest standards by an experienced professional.

Our Probate Solicitors Provide Financial Security

We only deal with fully qualified solicitors. This means that all client monies are held securely in their clients’ accounts and protected by the solicitors’ compensation fund.  This gives you absolute financial security and peace of mind.

No Need For Home Visits or Meetings in a Solicitors Office

The entire estate administration can be carried out remotely; this means you can call your solicitor whenever you have a question and get an answer immediately without the fear of being charged extra for the talk time. The ability to work remotely also removes any need for inconvenient meetings at a solicitor’s office or invasive home visits.

Experts In obtaining Renunciations from Professional Executors

Final Duties was built on saving families from unfair and excessive solicitors fee’s. For this reason we have built our panel using solicitors who have high success rates in obtaining renunciations from professional executors such as banks and solicitors so that you can receive a quality service at a fixed, fair and competitive fee.

Additional Services at Fixed Rate Fees

You may require other legal services for yourself for example conveyancing or Will writing services, we have links to specialist conveyancing solicitors and our own in house Will writing team which we can provide fixed fee quotes for upon request. We have links to companies providing various related services, so if your require a service we cant provide in house we can locate you a trustworthy and reliable company and save you the hassle.

More than just Probate

Helping administer an estate brings together a range of services and professionals. Our probate service delivers a simple one stop shop solution that is designed to work specifically for you.

Our range of services help you get to grant of probate and full administration with the security of knowing that all work is carried out by regulated and qualified solicitors.

Read more about probate on our Probate Blog.

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Read about Final Duties in the press

Anger at banks’ probate ‘rip off’

“BANKS have been accused of ripping off bereaved relatives by imposing “ludicrously high” charges on the estates of customers when they die.”

Deal of the Week: Probate broking

“A service for finding a competitively-priced probate solicitor. Final Duties claims to be the UK’s first independent broker for the work involved in administering a deceased person’s estate.”

The £600m RIP-off

“It’s a £600m a year rip-off, where banks and solicitors are charging large fortunes to sort out small estates. It’s worse because they prey on grief-stricken families who are not in a mood to argue, or shop around,”

Now the banks cash in on wills

“1.5million families face losing billions because their loved ones were sold rip-off testaments. Grieving families face paying thousands of pounds to banks because their loved ones were sold rip-off wills.”

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