Coping with a bereavement is painful enough without the added pressure of dealing with the deceased’s financial affairs.
However, our specialist Probate Solicitors can help to make the Probate process as stress-free and painless as possible.
Our Probate team offers a friendly and approachable service, which we tailor to each client’s specific needs.
After all, Probate can be straightforward for some families and full of complexity and dispute for others. So our Probate Solicitors will only provide the service that you need during this difficult time.
So get in touch for free initial legal advice and to find out how we can help you.
More Information on Probate
When someone dies, everything they owned at the time of death is called their Estate.
Every Estate is different. So we offer a range of Probate services so you can choose the service you need at a price that suits.
For small Estates, we offer fixed Probate fees and we’ll do as much or as little of the administration work as you need.
This will usually include obtaining a Grant of Probate and distributing the Estate to the Beneficiaries. But we can also handle other tasks such as returning a passport to the passport office and dealing with the house clearance.
We can also take care of house insurance and utility bills, check for missing assets or policies and protect the Estate against unknown creditors.
Where matters are more complex our Probate Solicitors can provide comprehensive advice, deal with the Inheritance Tax, Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax matters, prepare full Estate accounts and correspond with the Beneficiaries.
If the Will is challenged or a dispute arises, our Contentious Probate Solicitors can help you.
Our Probate Services include:
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Funding Your Case
We offer a 3-tiered pricing structure for Probate work so you can see which tier applies to your circumstances and what’s included for that price.
Clear and open pricing is just as important to us as it is to you.
We understand that everyone has different needs, so instead of offering a one-size-fits-all pricing option, we provide pricing suited to your individual needs.
That means you don’t over or underpay, and you can pay the right fee in the right way for the service you require.
When you speak to our Probate specialists, we’ll take the time to understand your circumstances and the kind of help you need, as well as how you want to receive our advice.
We’ll then provide you with choices on how you may like to pay for and fund your legal advice.
Probate Fee Options include:
- A Fixed Hourly Rate
- A Fixed Quote for All the Work
- Staged Payments
Our Administration of the Estate service includes applying for the Grant of Probate and includes collecting and distributing the assets.
Our Probate Solicitors charge on a time spent basis for the Administration of the Estate.
The hourly rate charged will depend on the experience and expertise of the Solicitor or Lawyer working on your case. We charge in units of 6 minutes, so each hour is made up of 10 units.
The exact cost of the Administration of the Estate depends on a number of things such as:
- The number of beneficiaries
- How many bank accounts or building society accounts there are
- Whether there is a property
- If inheritance tax is payable
As a guide to help you understand the range of costs involved, if it’s a Small Estate where there’s one beneficiary and no property, legal costs will be about £3,600 (VAT included).
Where there are multiple beneficiaries, property and multiple bank accounts you would expect to pay about £12,000 (VAT included). We will always discuss the amount of work involved beforehand and give you a fixed fee before we start work.
In this range of Probate Fees, it includes Estates in England and Wales where:
- There’s a valid Will
- There’s only one property
- No more than 3 bank or building society accounts
- There are 1 to 4 beneficiaries
- There are no disputes between the beneficiaries
- There are no claims made against the Estate
You also need to pay some additional costs, which are called disbursements. These include:
- £155 fee to the Probate Registry for the Grant of Probate. This is a reduced fee because you’re using a Probate Solicitor
- £1.50 per certified copy of the Grant. You’ll normally need 1 copy per asset, such as a bank or building society account
- £3 for office copies of the property title from Land Registry
- £2 for each beneficiary to complete bankruptcy searches
- £95.50 to enter a Trustee Act Notice in the London Gazette
- About £300 to put a Trustee Act Notice in a local newspaper
- Valuation fees for assets
What’s Not Included
There are some things that aren’t included in these costs and will cost more. They are:
- Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the Estate
- Where there’s no Will
- If the Estate has any stocks, shares or bonds
We can provide an estimate of how much it will cost to deal with these additional items.
Remember, all figures quoted here include VAT.
Be careful when comparing our fees to another law firm, as many don’t include VAT on their website.
How Long Does the Administration of an Estate Take?
Usually around 9 to 12 months, with 16 to 20 weeks to get the Grant of Probate.
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