Legal support, Wills & Probate
At The Co-operative Funeralcare our services include free guidance, helping you to deal with important matters such as the Will and organising your loved one’s affairs.
You may like to watch our animation video below for information on wills and probate.
We’ll arrange for a representative from The Co-op Legal Services to contact you after you have made the funeral arrangements to answer any legal questions you may have.
This can include helping you to deal with important matters such as the Will and coming to terms with the administrative tasks ahead.
Payment of Funeral Costs from the Estate
It may be possible for The Co-op Legal Services to arrange to pay for the costs of the funeral from the estate, giving you that extra peace of mind.
Payment of funeral costs from the estate is subject to there being sufficient assets in the estate which can be liquidated.
Access to the Will
You may want to access the Will before finalising the funeral arrangements, as your loved one may have specified their funeral requirements within it. And don’t worry if another Solicitor prepared the Will because The Co-op Legal Services can still help you.
If a Will was created it should have been kept in a safe place and the Executor, close friends or family should have been made aware of where it was kept. If a Solicitor has made the Will, they should have a copy. If you don’t know where the Will is the staff at The Co-op Legal Services will help you.
Dealing with your loved one’s estate
When a loved one passes away leaving possessions or property, the law requires that administration of the estate must be carried out, which will include legal, tax, property and administrative activities. In certain circumstances a process known as Probate , or Confirmation in Scotland, may need to be carried out. This is required whether there is a Will or not.
This is already a difficult time so The Co-op Legal Services team can provide you with free, individual guidance over the phone on legal concerns you have regarding your loved one’s estate.
If legal work is required, they can provide further help with a free, no obligation home visit, where they will discuss exactly what needs to be done, and how they can help you. Once The Co-op Legal Services has provided you with a written quote for the agreed work, that price will not change.
The Administration of an estate can be complex and time consuming to complete. You may wish to carry out this work yourself however due to the legal and financial responsibilities associated with these tasks you may wish to appoint a legal specialist to take the responsibilities off your shoulders and carry out the work on your behalf.
The Co-op Legal Services are dedicated to making public access to legal provision as easy as possible and this includes:
- Obtaining the Grant of Probate (if required)
- Filing all the necessary tax forms (excluding VAT)
- Collecting all assets of the estate
- Paying off any debts and liabilities from the estate
- Distributing the residue of the estate
No Hidden Charges
As you’d expect, The Co-op Legal Services price their services in order to make them as affordable as possible, providing a transparent fixed-fee service and agreeing their fees with you in advance before any work starts - there are no hidden charges.
Should you obtain a written quote from another Solicitor The Co-op Legal Services will match any like-for-like quote, for added peace of mind. It's also worth noting that if there are sufficient assets in the estate which can be liquidated, the legal fees can be paid by the estate, meaning that you would not need to bear the financial burden during the estate administration period.
The Co-op Legal Services will be happy to talk you through the Will, property, insurance, benefits, Probate and estate administration.
For free initial advice, guidance and a sympathetic ear when you need it most, call The Co-op Legal Services on 0800 587 5266 or contact us online and we will call you.
Co-op Legal Services Limited is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
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