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International Probate Services
IWC are one of the few providers that are able to provide Medallion Signature Guarantees and other Overseas Probate Services to both Solicitors and the general public.
If you or your clients have assets such as shares, funds or property located overseas then we can help. Our Overseas Team at IWC are experienced in all aspects of international work and our prices are very competitive, one of the best around.
We can help with the following:
Medallion Signature Guarantee
Global Bankruptcy Searches
Probate and Share Valuations
Administering Foreign Shares and Funds
Next of Kin Tracing Services
This service is predominately used by hospitals, councils, coroners, care homes and other public sector service providers. We usually trace the first next-of-kin within 24 hours, often in time for the Deceased's funeral and saving you considerable time and expense.
All services provided to the public sector are free of charge.
If the Estate worth is over £5,000, we will ask the next of kin to sign a commission fee agreement with us. We re then paid at the same time as the heirs, when the estate is distributed.
If an estate is under £5,000, we will trace the next of kin completely free of charge to anyone.
We are specialists in Estate Planning and in particular Probate and IHT matters. Our fees are fixed with you beforehand and no payment needs to be made in advance. We guarantee to beat any Solicitor quotes on a like-for-like basis by 10%.
We offer two levels of Probate service, we can either obtain a Grant of Representation on your behalf or alternatively we offer a fully managed Probate Administration Service. Remember you won't be able to step down as an Executor once you have inter-meddled in the affairs of a Deceased person.
The importance of writing a will cannot be underestimated, our Advisers will guide you through the process and offer you the best advice for your individual circumstances.
Our Will-Writing services include:
Online Wills - you can make a will right now, online, with prices from just £120 plus VAT
Home Consultations - we can visit you in the comfort of your own home, then its just £160 plus VAT for a single will or £240 plus VAT for a joint mirror will
Single or Joint - will writing by experts
Updating a Will - if your circumstances have changed, have your will professionally updated
Emergency Wills - we provide a same day, emergency will making service for most hospitals
Irrevocable Wills - make a will that cannot be changed after your death
Lasting Power of Attorney - include an LPA, welfare or financial to allow a professional to take over your affairs
Trusts - Including IPDI, IHT, Pilot, Property
Civil partnership Wills - specialist writing for civil partners making a will
Business Wills - clearly stipulate what your wishes are in relation to your business
Sharia Law Wills - for Muslims with UK assets
Although IWC specialise in non contentious probate and estate administration, we also have a dedicated team of qualified Solicitors we can refer you to who are experienced in dealing with contentious probate, caveats, will disputes and intestate death.
Our team are able to provide support and assistance in a wide range of cases including:
Disputes over whether a Will exists or not
Claims that the Will may not be the last Will
Allegations the deceased was not of sound mind
Claims the Will has been tampered with
Allegations of Undue Influence
Being excluded or not included sufficiently within a Will
There is reason to suggest that the assets will not be distributed as per the will
If any of these circumstances apply to you and your family, take the first step and to speak to our team for free, impartial advice.
Probate & Missing Will Searches
We offer these searches to Solicitors dealing with a deceased's estate as well as to the general public for personal interest/research or because you are dealing with a deceased's estate.
£150+VAT for a Will search of Solicitors that are local to the area where the deceased lived
£30+VAT for a Will search that has already passed through Probate.
Are you aware of an empty house or an abandoned home? Generally, an empty house will be privately owned but the owner is long since deceased. We can check any property that you provide the address for to locate the legal owners. In return we offer a finder's fee if we are able to finalise the deceased's estate.
Free of charge - we pay you a 'finders fee' as described above.
Family Tree Preparation
We are able to offer a complete family tree research service and can create your family tree for you. You can choose whether we research both sides of your family, i.e. maternal and paternal, right back to the 1800's. Our research will give you a superb insight into your family history.
Prices for this service are very reasonable, but also bespoke, depending on the size and complexities of the family and the uniqueness of the surnames involved.
We can assist you in creating a full family tree. With intestate Estates, we can provide a full, detailed report, documentary evidence and distribution schedules highlighting the percentage each heir is due to inherit from the Estate.
Prices for this service are very reasonable, but also bespoke, depending on the size and complexities of the estate.
Certificate Ordering Services
This service is provided to professional bodies only. If you need to order a birth, marriage, death certificate or decree nisi for your files, probate work or genealogy reasons.
£9.25 - standard service, birth , marriage, death certificate
£23.40 - priority service, birth , marriage, death certificate
£65 - Decree Nisi, for 10 year search thereafter £10 per additional decades checked
We provide an heir tracing service for Solicitors or other Executors dealing with cases where there are no determined next of kin. If you have unfinished probate work because you are unsure of the next of kin or where there are missing beneficiaries, then we can help you finish your cases.
For a fixed fee of £75+VAT per person, with no fee charged if not found.