Wills and Probate

When we die, a will sets out how we wish our assets, possessions and property to be distributed. You don't legally have to make a will, many people die and their relatives find they did not leave a will or testament, they have died "intestate" (without a will ). When a relative has died without leaving a will, your assets, possessions and property are distributed under rules set by government legislation.

Simply put, if you would like control over what happens to your estate as regards your family and friends after you die , you should make a will.

Family Law Leicester can help you with all legal aspects of making a will and looking after your assets, finances and pensions. We have the best inheritance Lawyers in Leicester who can advise both those who might benefit from the will or wish to contest it,  as well as the person creating it.

For example, there can be considerable tax advantages to making a will by, planning early enough, with family Law Leicester and our family law solicitors and lawyers, we will help you find any possible tax savings.

If you do find a friend or relative has died 'intestate' (without a will) you should be asking yourself some questions about what to do next.  Family Law Leicester can help you answer these and also other considerations such as:

  • Am I entitled to an inheritance?
  • How much tax is due?

Remember even though the deceased has died without a will, you may be entitled to part of the inheritance. The law is very complicated as regards wills, inheritance and dying without leaving a will, so it's best to get in touch with Family Law Leicester for help and advice.

Are you thinking of making a will or need advice about  someone dying  "intestate" ? If so get in touch on 01162 145 885 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , we will help guide you and put you in touch with the best local solicitor near you.


When a friend or relative dies, you need permission to take responsibility for their estate and administer assets, e.g. bank accounts.  The right to administer that estate requires an application process called a "probate".

When the deceased has left a will and named 'executors', people they have nominated to take responsibility and administer their estate, the executor must apply to the appropriate court for a 'grant of probate'  before they can begin the task.

When the  deceased did not leave a will and died intestate, family members may apply for a 'grant of letters of aministration' from the probate registry to administer the estate.

All of the above can be very complicated and confusing and is best dealt with by legal experts. Family Law Leicester will put in touch with local lawyers near you in Leicester who who will clarify and simplify the process for you.

Call 01162 145 885 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it today. We can put you in touch with lawyers near you in Leicester who will take you through this step by step.