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Probate Technician

What do they do?

Probate Technicians assist the probate lawyer to administer the estate of a deceased person and will work directly with private clients and other probate lawyers.

Where do they work?

Probate Technicians work in a variety of legal teams and settings recognised in the private client industry, including Licensed Conveyancing or Solicitors’ practices.

Probate Technicians deal with a broad range of other professional persons including; accountancy, banking, tax, trust and charitable professionals in the course of administering an estate.

How to study

No previous knowledge or experience is needed. Straight from school or college, the Level 4 Diploma in Probate Law and Practice is a great starting place for anyone wishing to pursue a career in law. The Level 4 Diploma is also a perfect stepping stone for anyone considering a career change and looking to improve their prospects of finding a job in law. If you already hold academic legal qualifications such as a Law Degree, take a look at our exemptions guide as you may qualify for some exemption.

The national recognised diplomas can be studied through an approved training provider by classroom based learning, distance learning or on an apprenticeship scheme. Typically, approved training providers offer an all-inclusive fee for each Diploma. Fees for the Level 4 Diploma are around £3500 – £4000. This compares favourably to other degree and professional qualification routes. View our approved training providers here.

Qualify to be listed as a CLC Legal Technician on the Public Directory

It’s possible to enhance your training to qualify as a Probate Technician. To qualify, 6 months work experience must be undertaken combined with the completion of the Level 4 Diploma in Probate Law and Practice (or equivalent if applying for exemptions), which could be completed in as quick as 18 months.

CLC Legal Technicians must have successfully achieved:

  • the CLC/SQA Diploma in Probate Law and Practice Level 4, or equivalent CLC accredited units; and
  • six months work experience in relevant employment; in a probate practice, legal firm, or organisation offering probate services to the public.

Work Experience

Before you can apply to become a Probate Technician and be listed on our Technician Register, you will need to complete 6 months of work experience and finding the work experience may be easier than you think. The scope of employment is actually very broad and even includes working in banks and building societies as well as law firms. You can get company names and contact details via the CLC firms search facility or our take a look at our recently qualified CLC Lawyer stories.