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Legal support for wills & probate

Co-op Funeralcare clients can get guidance from Co-op Legal Services. They can help you deal with legal matters after someone has died.

Co-op Legal Services

Co-op Legal Services could pay for the funeral from the estate

If you instruct Co-op Legal Services to carry out probate, they could cover the cost of the funeral up front. Probate is the legal process of dealing with someone’s money, property and possessions after they have died.

They get the money back from the ‘estate’ (the things that the person owned), later.

Not everyone needs probate. It’s unlikely to be needed if the person who died:

  • did not own a house in their sole name
  • had less than £20,000 in the bank

Probate can be complicated. There are usually legal and financial matters to sort out and it can take months to finish everything that's needed.

Check if you need probate

If you’re the executor of an estate of someone who’s died and need more support, Co-op Legal Services can help.

How Co-op Legal Services can help

Co-op Legal Services can:

  • help you understand if probate is needed
  • interpret the will correctly, if there is one
  • help you understand what to do if there isn’t a will
  • cover funeral costs and get the money back from the estate
  • give you practical help and advice about who you need to notify about the death
  • carry out all the work with their complete probate service

You’ll get a fixed fee quote and do not have to pay any upfront costs.

Practical help dealing with banks and organisations when someone has died

When you arrange a funeral with us, you’ll be asked if you want to receive a phone call from our bereavement notification service team.

This call is to explain a service which is available for all our clients and is provided by Co-op Legal Services. The service includes the provision of letters to tell banks, pension providers, insurers and other organisations that someone has died, help stop unwanted mail and prevent attempted fraud and also give you guidance on probate and other legal issues.

You’ll get free practical help and advice that can help you:

  • notify organisations like banks and insurance companies
  • stop unwanted mail
  • close social media accounts
  • deal with any family and employment queries

To find out more:

Opening hours:

9am to 6.30pm Monday to Thursday
9am to 5.30pm Friday
10am to 2pm Saturday
Closed on Bank Holidays