When Probate is required to an estate, the property involved requires a special level of care. The process may be complex and can come at a time of emotional strain for the family and Executors involved. Prescott Hall offer a comprehensive service, tailored to your family needs that is designed to take away the worry of dealing with the property and attend to any issues that arise. We will provide the professional and responsive approach you will be able to rely on.
Single Point of Contact
As 'Agent for the Executors' we will act as the primary contact for all matters relating to the probate property. As Prescott Hall does not utilize automated phone systems, you will benefit from a member of our team being just a phone call or email away.
We will provide you with much more than a standard market appraisal for probate purposes. Alongside this we will include advice on the best method of sale, on what might need to be done to the property to prepare it for sale, and on any clearance, tidying or improvements that would be beneficial. Our report will be thorough and will include all of the property information required for the executors to consider when making estate planning decisions.
Prescott Hall can also provide you with a rental market appraisal in its current condition and once any suggested works have taken place. This will help the executors to decide on the best course of action to either keep and rent or sell the property.
We also have links with local auctioneers who can provide an independent market appraisal of your property should you be in need of a prompt sale.
Prescott Hall can also provide additional services as part of your probate package. These optional extras are designed to provide piece of mind that your property is secure and not susceptible to cosmetic decline while it is unoccupied.
· Disposal of Unwanted Furniture - often properties that are subject to probate contain the possessions of the previous owner that may require clearance. Prescott Hall can provide a trusted contractor that can undertake this task - prior estimates will be supplied and a full and complete clearance carried out.
· Winter Drain-down - during winter months, if a property is empty and the heating is unused, cold spells can freeze water within heating systems, and can sometimes cause damage to pipes, leading to potentially damaging leaks. We can provide a reputable Gas Engineer to drain down the system to avoid this particular hazard.
· Security Visits for Insurance Purposes - We will agree a programme of regular drive-by inspections and security visits and checks of the property necessary to comply with insurers' requirements.
· Preparation for marketing - Empty properties may need to be prepared for sale or letting purposes. Our property management service can arrange clean-up work, deal with security improvements and maintain gardens while the property is vacant.
Due to our extensive portfolio of properties that we manage for our landlords, we have built a strong database of contractors that can provide support seven days a week. All our contractors have the required level of skills, experience and are covered by public liability insurance, so you can be rest assured your property is in safe hands.
Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Administration of estates, Personal tax planning
If you are unsure where to start in relation to probate, Prescott Hall can provide you with a choice of expert local solicitors that can get you started. Simply call our office, and we will set up an appointment for you at your convenience.
Our service starts with a free of charge initial discussion with a member of our team, who will assess your situation and requirements and then guide you on the best way to proceed. You may then instruct Prescott Hall to carry out a probate market appraisal and supply a detailed report with recommendations. This is charged at a basic rate of £120 (inclusive of VAT) which is deducted from your final invoice should we go on to market the property for sale, find a buyer and contracts are exchanged.