Wolsey Probate’s longstanding expertise is to help settle the affairs of people who have passed away without a will (died intestate) in England and Wales. We usually work on behalf of a relative of the deceased person, even if our client did not know the deceased person well.

Estate administration includes sorting out everything from your loved one's property, bank accounts and other assets to their pensions, debts, income tax and inheritance tax.

If you use us, you do not have to bounce between solicitors, accountants, government departments and financial institutions by yourself to get everything done; we can manage it all for you.

Wolsey Probate was set up by Anglia Research Services, because some existing clients were asking for specialist help with the administration of intestate estates. So, unlike more general probate lawyers or accountants, this is work we excel at, day in and day out. Therefore, our procedures are streamlined and our charges are very reasonable.

When there is no valid will the estate administration process is different from usual. The law specifies who can take charge of sorting out the estate and the application to obtain the legal authority to do so is also different.

Perhaps more importantly, the law lays down the rules of intestacy, which specify how the estate must be shared out. We are experts in applying these rules, in dealing with complex family relationships, and in ensuring that everybody receives the inheritance to which they are legally entitled.

Our dedicated team is approachable and friendly: we will always help clients to understand what is involved and to keep track of how a case is progressing. Together we have 65 years of experience as specialist solicitors, legal executives and probate administrators.

We can also assist with administration of estates where there is a valid will, and with other services such as preparation of lasting powers of attorney.

There are no upfront costs to pay and your initial consultation is free.


Richard Tinkler

Richard Tinkler, Solicitor

Head of Probate

Email: richardtinkler@wolsey-probate.co.uk

Richard studied Law with European Legal Studies LLB at King’s College London and was awarded a 2:1 (Hons) degree. He spent a year abroad (as part of his degree) in Belgium, at the university K U Leuven. Richard has specialised in Private Client law since qualifying as a Solicitor in 2013. He has previously worked as a Partner in a law firm and for a leading regional law firm. Recently married, Richard is interested in health, fitness, travel, and languages.

Nick Ingham

Nick Ingham, LLB (Hons)

Legal Manager

E-mail: nickingham@wolsey-probate.co.uk

Nick joined the company in 2006 from a claims litigation background of over 20 years with solicitors and insurers. Nick was pivotal in setting up a new legal practice in 2001 to handle volume claimant personal injury work sourced from blue chip referrers. He brought with him a wealth of business experience, in addition to being a keen family historian.

Sue Underwood

Sue Underwood

Probate Officer

E-mail: sueunderwood@wolsey-probate.co.uk

Sue joined Anglia Research from Birketts, which is ranked as a top 100 UK law firm and highly rated for probate work. Having spent 17 years at Birketts as a probate executive specialising in intestate estates, Sue has a huge fund of practical experience. She attends to all aspects of estate administration and particularly relishes complex cases.

Madeleine Tarry

Madeleine Tarry

Finance Manager

E-mail: madeleinetarry@wolsey-probate.co.uk

With 17 years’ experience working in financial controller and accounting roles in the insurance, medicines and manufacturing industries, Madeleine is responsible for the smooth running of our finance department.

Nicki Brumby

Nicki Brumby

Probate Paralegal

E-mail: nickibrumby@wolsey-probate.co.uk

Nicki has many years’ experience as a legal secretary working for leading regional law firms. With extensive knowledge of dealing with probate matters, Nicki is organised, articulate and is an excellent addition to our growing team. She is a member of the Institute of Paralegals and registered by the PPR.

Emma Hinds

Emma Hinds

Probate Paralegal

E-mail: emmahinds@wolsey-probate.co.uk

With a background in business development and office management, Emma’s efficiency, helpful attitude and strong organisation skills make her an invaluable member of the probate team. She is a member of the Institute of Paralegals and registered by the PPR.

Vanessa Whitmore

Vanessa Whitmore

Accounts Assistant

E-mail: vanessawhitmore@wolsey-probate.co.uk

With a background in sales, bookkeeping and business accounts, Vanessa supports the in-house finance team.

Julie Brown

Julie Brown

Probate Secretary

E-mail: Juliebrown@wolsey-probate.co.uk

Julie has many years experience working as a secretary/PA with a background in banking, accountancy and law. With her in-depth experience of the legal sector and her kind and helpful nature, Julie is a welcome addition to our team and will be supporting her colleagues in both the estate administration and finance teams.

What we do

Broadly speaking, there are three stages of work involved in estate administration.


Here’s what some of our clients say

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My claim was processed with empathy and sensitivity. Staff were readily available for help and advice and went the extra mile to provide information about my unknown relative. A very professional service with all costs clearly explained.
— Valerie Latchford
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The administration and final settlement of any intestate estate is a very complex and sensitive matter. Wolsey Probate can be relied on for their informative, helpful, professional and very courteous service. While involving complex legal matters their professional fees were quite reasonable in my family's case.
— J Hubbock
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Thank you so much for helping us through the procedure so well with such a professional and positive manner. I/we will not hesitate recommending Wolsey Probate to others.
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From my experience of dealing with Wolsey Probate and Anglia Research I found them to be very professional, helpful and caring in all aspects of our case and would not hesitate to recommend them.
— J Hambly
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Unfortunately when Anglia contacted me I had already signed up with another research firm and it was too late to change, but I had become disappointed with the way they and their recommended solicitors were handling matters. I dismissed the solicitors and appointed Wolsey, Anglia’s probate department, which turned out to be the best move I could have made. They gave a more personal and professional service, lived up to their reputation of being quick yet thorough and kept the costs down to a very reasonable figure. My thanks to Nick and Wolsey Probate.
— Peter Smith
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I would like to take this opportunity to thank Wolsey Probate for taking on my late uncle's estate and completing it in a professional and timely manner and for keeping me updated at every stage of the process.

You took the whole process and worry of probate out of my hands and did a brilliant job, leaving me to get on with my life.

Thank you once again
— Angela Thompson

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 Wolsey Probate
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 IP1 1HT
 United Kingdom