Will & Probate Solicitors

If a loved one has died, with or without a will, our probate solicitors in Basildon, Colchester and Chelmsford can help you get your affairs in order. You can choose as much or as little help as you need and get the peace of mind that comes from dealing with real experts.

You may be an executor to a will or the closest blood-relative of someone who has passed away, this will clearly be a difficult time and our probate solicitors can provide help to deal with their estate.

If you are taking on the task of administering the estate of the deceased, you need to be aware of the complex issues surrounding probate. 

At a time of grieving, the last thing you need is the task of administering the estate of the deceased. Fortunately, you don't have to, we are here to help with the complex issues surrounding the administering of an estate, avoiding issues with such things as:

  • Tax
  • Probate causing family conflicts
  • The multiple forms to complete 
  • Dealing with HMRC
  • Understanding the financial penalties if something goes wrong
  • The responsibility and consequence of mistakes made

If you need any advice following a bereavement, contact Birkett Long in Basildon, Colchester or Chelmsford via our enquiry form to arrange a free, no obligation 15 minute chat on the phone.


  • Julie Angus
      • 01268244155
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  • Destiny Berry
      • 01206 217353
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  • Nicky Halls
      • 01206 217390
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  • Tracey Irvine
      • 01206 217316
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  • Frances Lavender
      • 01268 824928
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  • Jill Morris
      • 01245 453849
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  • Jane Wicker
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  • Bethany Wrightson
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With one of the largest teams in Essex, the team holds members of STEP (the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), members of Solicitors for the Elderly and the Agricultural Law Association.

We also offer home visits to the elderly, infirm and disabled.

What our Clients Say

  • Thank you so much for the caring way in which you have administered Mum's estate. We have all appreciated your advice, your sensitivity and your friendliness at a difficult time
  • It has been a pleasure dealing with you and we should like to thank you for all your help and for providing us with such a clear, simple, and speedy service over this matter. We feel secure knowing that we have Birkett Long as our solicitors.
  • I do want to thank you for the exceptionally kind, efficient and patient way you clarified what, to me, were the complicated matters in hand. I would not hesitate to come back to you should the need arise. It was a pleasure to meet you.
  • We were very happy with their relaxed and friendly approach during the process and impressed by their professional advice regarding our business. Many thanks to all concerned.
  • Each time when we have contacted Birkett Long they were emergencies due to serious illness and we needed urgent legal help.  The solicitor and staff appointed to help us were absolutely brilliant.  They immediately reassured us and quickly set about dealing with our legal needs, explaining everything as we went along, also keeping us informed of the costs involved so we were able to pay as we progressed.  They also explained that some legal work takes its time in law.  Everything was resolved in an excellent way and we shall retain Birkett Long as our family solicitors.
  • I have used Birkett Long for matrimonial and family business, property matters and wills and probate and have received good service in all three departments. They are good at providing fee estimates to clients in advance and sticking to them, offering budget-friendly payment arrangements and using email rather than slow and costly printed letters.