The immediate aftermath of someone’s passing is a challenge for all involved. Around feelings of grief, sadness and mourning, there are a number of legal processes that need to be conducted to ensure that the person’s legacy can be left correctly. Sure, the outcome of this will provide some form of closure and will allow you to start to move on with your life, but reaching that point can often feel like a difficult task.

Here at St Helens Law, we have dealt with many cases of probate, so we feel like we have sufficient experience and expertise to provide you with some tips as to how you can tackle the probate process.

Try not to let emotions get in the way

As is to be expected, the period after someone’s death is likely to be an emotionally charged time for all involved. We understand that one of the last things you want to be dealing with is the legal processes that are necessary to complete during this time.

Often, we see people overcome with emotion in mourning, and this is completely normal and understandable. Many people feel like they have to put up a front and deal with the legalities whilst bottling up their grief and sadness.

However, this normally works against them. It can often cloud judgement, and for many, lead to the process becoming too complicated for them to accomplish. Here at St Helens Law, we are always on hand to support you emotionally during this difficult time. This should give you a better chance of successfully carrying out the probate process and obtaining the closure you deserve.

Remain patient

It’s worth noting that the probate process usually takes around a year to complete. So, if you feel like you are becoming impatient with the length of proceedings, it is important to remember that is normal, and that a successful conclusion will be reached. It is necessary for probate to take this long, ensuring that the estate of the deceased is distributed in line with the law.

Once the probate process is completed correctly, you’ll be able to continue without any future issues. If disputes arise, be sure to deal with them correctly and thoroughly, without skipping over any important points that could cause further issues down the line.

Don’t shoulder the responsibility

Only the executor that has been named in the deceased’s will can apply for probate. This may seem like a lot of the burden, and you might not feel capable of completing all of the legalities you are tasked with. If this is the case, you should always reach out for support if needed. This can simply be from a family member or friend, who may be able to take your mind off the stress you may be under.

During a difficult time such as this, there are likely to be others that are experiencing the same level of grief as you are, so be sure to call upon them to help you through.

Call an expert for legal help

Another way of ensuring the probate process is dealt with correctly is to enlist the help of an expert team, such as St Helens Law. We have many years of experience in the field, and are well placed to provide the legal advice and assistance you require.

Simply get in touch with one of our friendly team for more information.

Contact us today

At St Helens Law, we specialise in wills and probate, so be sure to get in touch when considering making a will in St Helens, ensuring a smooth probate process for those closest to you when the time comes.

Whether you would like to benefit from our will writing service in St Helens or have an enquiry about our service as a whole, we’d love to speak to you. To get in touch, simply call us on 01744 742360 or drop us an email at You can also fill out our enquiry form to request a FREE 30 minute consultation.