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.

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