Probate &

Denise Woodward

Denise Woodward

We are sad to announce the death of Denise Woodward, Consultant Solicitor, on 22nd April 2023.

Denise was a valued member of our Family Law Team and a hugely popular member of staff. Denise will be sorely missed by all her work colleagues and the legal fraternity in Chester and beyond.

Darlene Storrar, Managing Partner, says:

"Denise was an excellent Family Law Solicitor and a highly valued member of our team. Denise was dedicated to her work and her many clients and we will miss her enormously. Denise was always cheerful and engaging. Our thoughts are with her large supportive family at this very sad time."


Wills & Probate: Probate & Estate Administration

Coping with bereavement is painful enough without the added distress of trying to deal with the deceased’s financial affairs.

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Our specialist Probate Solicitors here at Storrar Cowdry can help to make the Probate process as stress-free and painless as possible for you.

They offer a friendly and approachable service, which they tailor to each individual's specific circumstances and needs.

We are only too aware that Probate can be very straightforward for some families and full of complexity, dispute and uncertainty for others therefore you can rest assured that the team will provide you with expert advice on your own unique circumstances.

Our expert team of experienced Probate Solicitors can help:

  • In circumstances where someone has died without leaving a Will.
  • Where a Will has been made and executors named.
  • Regardless of whether the Estate left is large or small.
  • In cases where the Grant of Probate has already been obtained as well as cases where we would need to apply for it on your behalf.
  • By ensuring that the same Solicitor deals with your case from start to finish. You will be given a direct telephone number and email address for the Solicitor to make contact simple and straight-forward.

Below is a Glossary of some of the most common terms used when dealing with Probate:

Administrator - The person appointed to deal with the estate after a death if the deceased did not make a Will or did not appointed an Executor in their Will.
Beneficiary - Someone named in a Will to receive something from the deceased's estate.
Bequest - A gift of personal property left to someone in a Will.
Codicil - A supplement to a Will intended to alter the contents of an existing Will.
Estate - Everything a person owns at the time of their death including property, money and possessions.
Executor - Someone named in a Will to deal with the financial affairs after death and to administer the estate in accordance with the contents of the Will.
Grant of Probate - Authority given by the Probate Registry to the Executor to deal with the financial affairs of the deceased.
Intestacy - A term used when the deceased has not left a Will.
Legacy - A gift made to a beneficiary in a Will. This can be a gift of money, an object or property.
Residuary Estate - The balance of a deceased's estate that is left after payment of all debts such as funeral expenses, legacies, and other expenses.

Our expert Probate Solicitors have a wealth of experience and are experts in their field. They can help to make the often arduous Probate procedure as simple as possible.

They will always act sensitively and completely confidentially.

Contact us without any obligation to discuss your individual circumstances with one of the team.

Find out more about the costs involved and what service is included on our Fees page.

Our Dedicated and Knowledgeable Solicitors

If you wish to discuss your situation further with an expert solicitor please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Louise Eccleston

Solicitor and Head of Private Client

Gillian Knowles

Solicitor and Partner

Frequently Asked Questions

How much will it cost?

Every estate differs and it is difficult to be precise about our charges but on our Fees Page, we aim to give you an illustration of our costs. We will give you a more detailed letter of engagement when we start acting for you and know more about your circumstances.

How long will it take?

Because every estate is so different it is difficult to answer this with any accuracy. We will be able to provide you with an estimate once we know more about your individual circumstances.

What are the benefits of instructing a Probate Solicitor?

Instructing a probate solicitor may speed up the amount of time it takes to complete the probate process. More importantly, it can remove much of the stress and inconvenience of Probate which can be complex.


Find out what our clients think about us.

"“From the moment we first contacted Louise in respect of our Wills/Tenancy she provided a first class professional service. Louise was very helpful throughout and dealt very promptly and efficiently with any queries, taking significant time and trouble to help us understand the legal language. A ZOOM meeting she arranged was a great success. Simply excellent overall. We would recommend Storrar Cowdry without reservation, and would not hesitate to contact you if we needed legal work/advice in the future.”"

Private Client

"Louise Eccleston was a consummate professional. A thoroughly professional and efficient service at a distressing time for us. Thank you."

Private Client

"Just to say a big thank you for all the work you have done in relation to the trust in George’s Will. We do appreciate it. Could not have done it without you "

Private Client

"On behalf  of the Settlement trustees I would like to thank you for dealing so well and so efficently with Settlement business."

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