what to do following bereavement

When someone close to you dies, there are many decisions and arrangements that need to be made at a very emotional time.

At Birkett Long, our probate solicitors understand the personal distress you face and we will guide you through the legal process as seamlessly as possible.

Our solicitors are here to help you with the various pressures you face after someone has died, and will help with questions like:

  • What do I do when someone dies and they made a will?
  • What happens if someone passes away without making a will?
  • What happens if someone's will is lost?
  • What is the role of an executor?
  • How do I deal with inheritance tax issues?
  • What is probate?
  • Do I need to update my will?
  • What if there is a dispute following a death?

Our probate solicitors are experienced, approachable and will cater to all your needs whether for an estate worth under £325,000, or a multi-million pound estate with business assets, farm land, and family trust arrangements. We will also, if required, negotiate and settle inheritance tax claims with the Inland Revenue.

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


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.

staff re-order following a bereavement

  • Claire Read
  • Caroline Dowding
  • Emma Clarke
  • Jane Orchard
  • Ben Parmenter
  • Katie Gibson-Green
  • Joanna Millican
  • Emma Harper
  • Tim Ogle
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