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New probate service launched by Leeds Building Society

Leeds Building Society is pleased to announce the launch of a new service to help members and their families deal with the estate after the death of a loved one.

The Society is working with major UK law firm Irwin Mitchell to offer help and guidance in legal affairs around probate and estate administration. This service also will be available to Society colleagues and non-members.

Irwin Mitchell’s UK-based legally-qualified specialists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for a free, no-obligation initial telephone consultation to provide guidance and support.

The customer can then choose to take as much or as little assistance as they require, depending on their individual needs, and there is a clear scale of competitive fixed fees, which are agreed upfront.

“Dealing with a loved one’s estate after their death can be challenging, particularly at a time of significant distress,” said Jaedon Green, Leeds Building Society’s Director of Product and Distribution.

“As an extension to our current service, we are pleased to be entering into a partnership with Irwin Mitchell to offer members additional support during this difficult time.

“Irwin Mitchell share similar values to our Society and this, in addition to their professional expertise, was one of the reasons we chose them as a partner for this sensitive work.”

Gillian Coverley, Irwin Mitchell partner and probate specialist, said: “Leeds Building Society is an excellent partner for us because we share the same values that focus on providing a high quality service for clients.

“This is also an important agreement for Irwin Mitchell because it demonstrates how Leeds Building Society recognises the service that we can offer members and their families at a difficult time in their lives when many need support and expert guidance.”

“Obtaining a Grant of probate, or Confirmation in Scotland, is a legal requirement before a deceased person’s estate can be settled and divided among beneficiaries. Administering an estate can often take months – and sometimes years if the estate is complex.

“The work will be done during a period of emotional turmoil and executors can also be financially liable for any mistakes they make. Many people simply do not know what they have to do and that is why the services of experienced estates and probate solicitors can prove so valuable.”

In addition, access to a free bereavement counselling service through Cruse Bereavement Care is available.


Notes to Editors

The probate referral service is available in connection with estates in England and Wales. In Scotland Irwin Mitchell offers an equivalent service for the legal confirmation process.

Access to the probate referral service is not limited to Leeds Building Society members or their personal representatives.


Leeds Building Society received the ‘Innovation Award (Lenders)’ at the Mortgage Finance Gazette Awards 2016, the third consecutive year the Society has won this category, as well as the award for ‘Product Innovation (Lenders)’.

The Society also has been named ‘Best Regular Savings Account Provider’ for the second consecutive year by independent consumer advice website Savings Champion.

Independent consumer group Fairer Finance has awarded the Society its Gold Ribbon rating for savings and Silver Ribbon rating for mortgages, based on customer scores for happiness, trust, complaint handling and transparency.

Leeds Building Society has 67 branches throughout the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland and assets of £13.5bn (at 31st December 2015). The Society has operated from the centre of Leeds since 1886.


Irwin Mitchell is over 100 years old and a leading UK law firm, providing advice and support to business and personal clients, employing more than 2,600 staff across the UK.

In the renowned Legal 500 directory published in 2015, Irwin Mitchell secured number one rankings in Personal Legal Services practice areas including Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury, Family, Contentious Trusts and Probate, Court of Protection, Education and Travel.

Irwin Mitchell is also ranked as a top-three firm in 38 of the Legal 500’s business-related categories, including Real Estate, Corporate & Commercial and Regulatory and Corporate Recovery.

Irwin Mitchell media contact:

David Gwyer, PR Manager, Irwin Mitchell LLP                                               

Phone: 0203 040 3457 Mobile: 07736 464337