Probate

Your personal legal advisor will help you through all of your legal matters

Your personal legal advisor will help you through all of your legal matters

A tailored service you can trust with over 140 years experience

Probate can be a complicated and confusing process. Even fairly simple estates can be a challenge to administer without the right help.

At Goughs our experienced legal team is here to offer a helping hand, whether you need initial advice, assistance with a difficult stage or for someone to take responsibility for the whole probate process.

Intestacies

Intestacies

Administration of Estates

Administration of Estates

Administration of Trusts

Administration of Trusts

Inheritance Disputes

Inheritance Disputes

Our lawyers are here to offer you the guidance you need

Your probate solicitors since 1882

The Goughs approach to Probate

At Goughs, we can support you with every aspect of Probate. Whether it’s helping sorting out an estate or you’re struggling with more complex issues, our specialist lawyers will offer a tailored service to you. You can have peace of mind in the knowledge that every aspect of probate has been handled the right way.

Here’s just some of the areas we can advise on:

Applying for a grant of probate

Investigating and valuing the estate

Collecting estate funds

Income and inheritance tax returns 

Selling or transferring ownership of property

Distributing funds and assets according to the Will

Managing any trusts in the Will

If there is no Will

Will disputes

Our lawyers give comprehensive advice on all legal issues that can arise during Probate.

Why work
with Goughs?

Local since 1882, with an excellent reputation

First-class, effective service

Largest solicitors in Wiltshire

Seven offices throughout the county

Nationally accredited law firm

Recognised by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners

Your Probate team

Maxine Coles

Associate Chartered Legal Executive

Maxine specialises in Private Client work, with much of her work being in elderly client care. She has a natural empathy towards clients in what can often be distressing situations.

Samantha Pettersen

Solicitor

Samantha joined Goughs as a Solicitor in 2020. Samantha has been practicing in Private Client law since 2018, and loves the personal interaction with clients and being able to help them with difficult personal and emotional circumstances.

Annie James

Solicitor

Annie qualified as a Private Client solicitor in 2016 and joined Goughs in February 2020. She specialises in the preparation of Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, preparation and administration of Trusts, and the administration of Estates. Annie prides herself on taking the time to really understand the needs and priorities of her clients.

Elizabeth Stiddard

Contentious Private Client Paralegal

Elizabeth is a Contentious Private Client Paralegal. Her passion for private client work stemmed from her training period at Goughs, when she realised that she had a natural empathy with clients and their difficult and challenging situations, and could use the law to help them to achieve the positive outcomes that they deserved.

Rochelle Graham

Solicitor

Rochelle qualified as a Private Client solicitor in September 2019 after gaining valuable experience in the Private Client team. She is now a year qualified and continues to develop and further her knowledge of Private client work.

Luchia Hirst

Associate Solicitor

Luchia has been practicing Private Client law for close to 8 years, and really enjoys the client contact and hands-on nature of this area of practice.

Dawn Moir

Partner (TEP)

Dawn joined in 2003 and became a partner in 2004. Whilst Dawn supports her team with all aspects of estate planning and estate administration, her particular areas of expertise are later life planning & support, and trust creation & administration, including all things tax.

Phillip Bolton

Partner & Head of Private Wealth

Phillip is a Partner and Head of the Private Wealth Team at the firm. His practice encompasses all aspects of private client work, with a particular interest in complex Wills, wealth preservation, tax mitigation, and estate planning.

Emma Taylor

Partner & Head of Private Client

Emma began her life at Goughs in 2008 as a Solicitor. Now, with over 15 years of experience, she is a Partner and Head of the Private Client Department. Emma deals with all areas of Private Client work but has a particular interest in Trusts and Complex Property Ownership.

Trish Watkins

Senior Associate (CILEx)

As a Private Client lawyer, Trish always had a strong empathy for the elderly and vulnerable and prides herself in being able to engage with them and support them through what can be very difficult times.

Our clients rate us excellent

Sue Greenman

Everything was completed professionally and within my tight time scales. I would like to say thank you and would definitely go back to Goughs should I need help in the future.

Ali McBrine

Thank you Alice Blackmore for your fantastic professional support, with care, compassion and kindness, of our need for explanation and understanding of the system and language in a lot of correspondence. Thank you too for being always being honest and empathic of our feelings.

Andrew Alvis

Another well-managed transaction handled promptly and professionally by Nadine Cook and her team. We have used Goughs before, will use again and would not hesitate to recommend their services to anybody.

Phil Carter

Goughs Solicitors provide a friendly, professional and extremely reassuring service. The whole team, especially Georgina Catlin, are empathetic and provide sound advice when required, you definitely feel you are in safe hands.

Popular questions
about Probate

Probate is the legal process of dealing with the affairs of someone who has passed away. It can be a lengthy and sometimes stressful process, placing a lot of responsibility on the person managing the estate.

For information on our Probate Fees, please click here.

We’ve been supporting the clients all over the South West for many years. You may need assistance with the administrative side of things or you may want us to take charge of the whole probate process for you. 

Our specialist probate lawyers offer friendly and straightforward guidance ensuring your duties as an Executor are carried out properly.

At Goughs we have a team of specialist legal advisors who can assist and you advise you with the administration of intestate estates.

You may have concerns about the circumstances surrounding the preparation of the Will and the validity of the Will document itself. 

Our dispute lawyers specialising in contesting Wills can advise on the grounds for challenging a Will.

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