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E-Probate – What This Means For You

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Following on from the significant investment in leading computer technology, Lee Chadwick are now able to offer unparalleled legal services directly to the local people of Witney and surrounding villages.  

Jason Cowley, the Managing Partner, commented “Here at Lee Chadwick, we are always looking at ways to improve the services for our valued local clients and, of course, people are looking for the most cost effective services, while at the same time, realising the importance of having a local solicitor accessible for them. The delivery of Probate services has generally come under significant pressure and solicitors have needed to respond to this, without damaging the very personal nature of the work involved. Following our recent major investment, we are now able to offer our e-probate service which simply automates the vast majority of the document generation for the work and allows us to charge purely against the work involved, whereby we can provide the clients with a detailed breakdown. Quite simply, you only pay for what you have.   

Traditionally, solicitors have charged on the basis of a percentage of the overall value of the estate and in certain instances, just because an estate is apparently of high value, it does not necessarily follow that it is therefore overly complex. On the reverse of this, a small estate can in fact prove to be far more complex and indeed require further work. To overcome this, as we have traditionally charged on the basis of around 2 to 3 per cent of the overall value of the estate, we now have a simple offer for our clients. When instructing Lee Chadwick to carry out probate work, we will now do both systems of valuing the work and the client simply pays for the lesser amount. The client therefore cannot lose and we believe we have the most cost effective e-probate services available here in West Oxfordshire.  This is one further way in which we set ourselves apart from the crowd.”

Lee Chadwick’s Probate Department is headed by Grace Noble and she will be delighted to hear from anyone who requires any further information.  

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