Winchester district probate registry can help you with queries relating to your probate application, contact details are listed below. If you've already applied, providing there are no problems, the registry will contact you in writing within 14 days of receiving your application to invite you to attend an interview. Alternatively, you will be contacted and asked to supply more information.
At the interview, you'll be required to answer any questions about the deceased, the estate and its beneficiaries. If everything is in order, you'll be asked to swear an oath, declaring that the information you've provided is accurate. As long as HM Courts and Tribunals are satisfied, the grant will subsequently be issued.
If haven't yet applied, you may wish to consider using the services of a professional. Obtaining the grant is only the start; the real time consuming aspect is winding up the estate. Although probate may sound quite straightforward, this is dependent on the family circumstances and financial situation of the deceased. For example, if the estate is particularly complicated, inheritance tax is owed, assets are held in trusts, and there are shares or overseas assets, you may need help.
IWC offer a fixed fee probate service, a specialist practitioner will take care of all executor/administrator duties on your behalf, from applying for the grant to settling bills and collecting monies owed. We can also offer assistance with other matters such as overseas assets, trusts and property. Call free for a quote on 0800 612 6105, we do not charge a percentage of the estate value and there'll be no hidden extras.
Winchester Probate Registry
The office is open to the public from Monday to Friday between 9:30am and 4:00pm, although you're advised to contact by telephone before you attend.
You may find the probate office cannot help you with your query. The office's primary role is to processes applications, staff will not be able to give legal advice or help you with inheritance tax. For contentious probate and disputes you should always seek specialist help from a qualified practitioner.
IWC operate a free advice line for probate and estate administration, you can call 0800 612 6105 and speak to an advisor, or book your free consultation.