What is a probate practitioner?

Probate is the legal process of administering the estate of a deceased person. This involves resolving any claims and distributing the deceased person's property in accordance with a valid will. Or, if there is no will (an intestacy), in accordance with the legal rules of inheritance.

A probate practitioner is a person qualified in the law of sucession, trusts, relevant aspects of property law and the law relating to inheritance and the administration of estates. 

The process of probate can be time consuming and stressful. There can be huge numbers of legal issues surrounding this - for example Inheritance Tax, Income Tax, paying debts, dealing with claims, encashing and transferring assets, identifying beneficaries correctly, dealing with under age beneficiaries, tracing missing deeds and documents and so on. We aim to take the strain of dealing with these issues.

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We can help you by:

  • Where someone has died leaving a will, obtaining the grant of  probate from the Probate Court which enables the administration of the estate.
  • Where someone has died leaving no will (an intestacy), obtaining the grant of Letters of Administration from the Probate Court which enables the administration of the estate.

Useful Guides

to what usually has to be done when someone dies. 

Guide to Usual steps in the administration of an estate.

Guide to Common Issues regarding different assets.



Francis Parffrey Legal Services Limited
Hillcrest, Bowden Hill, Ashburton, Devon, TQ13 7EA

01364 653 331
07443 622 903



Bereavement Support, Advice and Information Services

Devon Area (covering the whole of Devon).

Contact number: 0300 330 5466

email address: devon@cruse.org.uk

Address: 3, Palace Gate, Exeter, EX1 1JA

Before probate can start, the will needs to be checked it is the last will made.

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