About The Probate Bureau

Established in 1999 by David and Eve West, our Hertfordshire based firm (together with TPB Financial Services Ltd) offers a unique blend of bespoke legal and financial solutions to families at a very difficult time.

Our Ethos - It's All About You

Our overall aim is to save families time, money and stress.  We are able to shoulder the whole burden of winding up an estate from paying the funeral director to getting final Inland Revenue clearance.  We provide the very best service at a fair and reasonable fixed fee, with most of our estates being administered within 6 months by our highly efficient and qualified team led by our in-house lawyer.

Over the years we have found that people really do appreciate a free, non-obligatory meeting in their own home where all their concerns and questions can be answered fully. We have no commissioned paid consultants, nor do we pay out or receive any commissions from anyone. Because we are the longest running specialist estate administration firm in the UK, recommended by over 1000 independent funeral directors, a high degree of trust has been earned which means we have been able to secure professional discounts which we forward on to a client's estate so that more money can be retained within a family.

We deal with clients from Hertfordshire, Essex, London and beyond. One of our strengths is that we are not a firm of solicitors even though one of our directors is a fully qualified one. We therefore do not need to charge an hourly rate or charge for each telephone phone call, email or letter. This means our clients can call whenever they have a question or problem without having to worry about escalating fees.

Accountability- Protecting Your Inheritance

You can be assured, should you intend to use our services, your inheritance is in safe hands. As members of The Institute of Professional Willwriters ('IPW') we not only comply with its Code of Practice but are required to conduct the management of our client account (a separate designated account with HSBC) strictly in compliance with The Solicitors Accounts Rules as regulated by The Solicitors Regulation Authority ('SRA'). We also carry £2,000,000 of Professional Indemnity Insurance for added peace of mind.

We are also supply members of The Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors ('SAIF'), The National Association of Funeral Directors ('NAFD') and are registered with The Trading Standards Industry ('TSI').

It has taken us a long time to build up such a degree of respect in this industry and we don't intend to compromise one iota when it comes to your loved one's estate.

 

We Don't Just Do Probate

As innovative legal and financial service providers we know more than most how important it is for people to not only have choice but to have all the services they need under one roof. We provide guidance and expert advice on probate, wills, trusts and estate planning, property services, taxation and Will disputes. We employ a range of skilled, experienced staff who are just a telephone call away to help you whenever you need it and we don't utilise those annoying call management systems.


"Our thanks to David West and his team for all their patience and understanding in sorting out Probate, Deed of Variation and our Wills. When we didn't quite understand what had been said, nothing was too much trouble to explain it all again - even by coming over personally to make sure we knew what was happening. Thank you all again. We will certainly be recommending The Probate Bureau to friends and family." CHRISTIANE (Watford) 2016

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Once I realised that my late mother's estate would incur inheritance tax I decided that I did not want to deal with it myself, so&... read more

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