Although the professionals carrying out probate services are usually solicitors, the provision of `estate administration` is essentially unregulated. The benefit of using solicitors firms rather than `Probate Companies` or `Trust Corporations` is that solicitors firms are required to be:
- Fully qualified
- Regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority or the Council for Licensed Conveyancers
- Insured with Professional Indemnity Insurance
Not all Probate Companies use qualified solicitors, and are not required to be regulated or insured if something goes wrong. These companies are often known as Trust Corporations and can be recognised if they ask you to sign a Power of Attorney. If you decide to use one, always first check they are regulated and insured.
The only way to ensure fully qualified, regulated and insured providers is to use solicitors who can act on your behalf without the need for a Power of Attorney. The solicitors we use only specialise in probate work, so they are very familiar with the processes to ensure an efficient service.