Legal support for Wills & Probate
Co-op Funeralcare clients are supported by Co-op Legal Services, who can help deal with legal matters after a loved one has died. Leaving you to focus on what matters most at such a difficult time.
Pay Funeral Costs from the Estate
At the Co-op we’re in a unique position where we can pay all the costs of a Co-op funeral and pay back any deposit paid if you instruct our legal team in Co-op Legal Services to carry out probate, providing that the estate has sufficient assets that can be sold in due course.
This could include:
- A house to be sold
- Money in bank accounts
- Stocks, shares and ISA’s
In this case, the disbursements (Minister fees, cremation fees etc.) would still need to be paid upfront but will be paid back to you within 21 days of instructing Co-op Legal Services to act.
A free, in-home visit is available in England or Wales with one of the Co-op’s Probate Consultants who can answer your questions, discuss what needs to be done, and provide you with a Fixed Fee Probate quotation in writing.
When Co-op Legal Services has provided you with a written quote for the agreed work to be done, that price will not change, unless the original information provided is shown to be incorrect or circumstances change. More information on the Probate Complete Service.
Read the Will
Before you finalise funeral arrangements we recommend that you search for a copy of the deceased’s Will to find out if the deceased had specified any particular wishes. If you don’t know where the Will is, or whether one was made, Co-op Legal Services can help you.
Executors and Administrators of the Estate
If you are an Executor appointed in the deceased’s Will, or a family member who wants the responsibility where a Will wasn’t written, it pays to know what is expected of you. Before you can transfer, sell or distribute any of the deceased's assets, you may need to apply for Probate but this isn’t the full picture. The Court application for Probate is only one step to take and there are many other legal, financial and tax considerations that are your responsibility to handle. Here are just a few:
- Interpreting the Will correctly (if there is a Will)
- Understanding the Intestacy Rules (if there’s no Will)
- Attending an interview at the Probate Registry and swearing an Oath
- Collecting and valuing all the Estate assets (i.e. everything the deceased owns)
- Calculating all taxes due and filing all necessary tax forms with HM Revenue & Customs
- Liquidating (selling) all the Estate assets
- Paying off any tax, debts and liabilities from money held by the Estate
- Creating detailed accounts of all Estate assets and liabilities
- Distributing the residue of the Estate to the beneficiaries.
Co-op Legal Services can take all the responsibilities off your shoulders and carry out all the work necessary to complete matters as quickly and effectively as possible.
Our legal team offer fixed fees with no upfront costs to pay and are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. With 20 specialist Probate Solicitors and over 150 Probate specialists who only deal with Probate, Co-op Legal Services are one of the largest providers of Probate and Estate Administration services across England and Wales.
Unsure whether you need Probate? Using this online Probate Questionnaire will help if you live in England or Wales.
As part of the Co-op Group our values of openness, honesty, social responsibility and caring for others are core to the service we provide.
For free initial advice and guidance call Co-op Legal Services on 0330 041 7713 or request a call for assistance.