Glasgow-based legal technology firm Exizent is going from strength to strength following the confirmation that Countrywide Tax and Trust Corporation, Thursfields Solicitors and Thorntons are all digitising their probate with Exizent’s new platform.
In September, Exizent raised £3.6 million in funding to transform the way the legal and financial services industry deals with bereavement by bringing together all the information needed to manage probate cases on its unique online platform.
Countrywide Tax and Trust Corporation, which provides legal drafting software, probate, professional executor and trustee services; Thursfields, the Midlands-based practice; and leading full service Scottish firm Thorntons are all early adopters of the system. Glasgow-based Friends Legal Solicitors has also signed on; adoption of the platform has helped enable the firm to launch By Your Side, a fixed cost private-client service to deal with legal services for the bereaved.
Nick Cousins, founder, and CEO of Exizent says so many big names onboarding soon after launch demonstrates the clear and pressing demand for technology like this to improve the process.
These leading firms in the probate space mean thousands of probate cases could be managed through Exizent’s innovative platform every year, radically bettering the experience of dealing with bereavement: “We know from our own research that most law firms are frustrated with the amount of time it takes to process probate cases and wish the process could be more efficient, and in an era of digitised services, with more transparent and open access to information, there is no reason it shouldn’t be. Our platform brings together all the information and data needed to apply for probate in one place, making it quicker and easier for professionals to manage and less stressful for those who have lost a loved one.”
Thursfields being one of the earliest users of the platform is seen as a major endorsement as the firm’s Wills and Estates department is headed by Ian Bond, who is one of the most experienced, prominent and respected probate specialists in the UK. Bond acts as a contributing author of the respected Law Society publication The Probate Practitioners Handbook and is former Chair of The Law Society Wills & Equity Committee.
Ian Bond, Head of Wills & Estates at Thursfields, says: “Due to the numerous parties implicated and the time required to manually gather all relevant information, probate can be very emotional and stressful for those involved. Exizent is the first piece of technology to connect data, services and the network of people involved when someone passes away, and therefore has the ability to completely transform the way professional services manage and executors experience probate.”
Murray Etherington, Head of Private Client at Thorntons, says: “It’s vitally important for those dealing with estate administration that they do everything in their power to alleviate as much distress as possible for both families and executors. Every client requirement needs to be dealt with individually, but having an effective and efficient process in place helps enormously and this is where Exizent has the power to be a real game-changer.”
Clive Ponder founder and Director at Countrywide Tax and Trust Corporation, says: “The loss of a loved one can be made all the more stressful by having to tend to complex and time-consuming documentation and admin work. This has never been clearer than in 2020, a year marked by extraordinary grief. Using the Exizent platform will enable our Specialist Probate Team to better support the bereaved, by eliminating uncertainty and ensuring a seamless and integrated experience for all involved.”