Probate and Estate Administration

When someone you love dies it can be a difficult, isolating and lonely time. Why not let our experienced Probate team help and guide you?

Where you have been appointed as an Executor you can instruct a firm of solicitors to carry out the work on your behalf and the cost of this work is deducted as a debt of the estate before the balance is distributed to the beneficiaries.

Simply provide us with details of the deceased’s assets and liabilities and let us contact the companies concerned to ascertain up to date values, debts, closure requirements and tax information.

Where necessary we will apply for a grant. We will deal with the repayment of debts and distribute the estate to the beneficiaries.

Full estate accounts are included in our service and the tax affairs of the deceased will also be resolved.

We can also help where the deceased died intestate (without a will) and so no executors are appointed. Let our Probate team take the strain and guide you through this difficult time.

 

 

 

Probate costs

We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf. We will also undertake the collecting and distributing of assets.

How much does this service cost?

2.5% of the gross value of the estate plus VAT, i.e. £2,500 plus VAT for every £100,000 of value with a minimum fee of £1,500 plus VAT

This includes: obtaining the grant, collecting assets and distributing them.

 

Breakdown of costs:

Minimum legal fees £1,500.00

VAT on legal fees £300.00

 

Disbursements:

  • Probate court fee of £155.00 plus 50 pence per sealed copy.
  • £7.00 Swearing of the oath (per executor).
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2.00 per beneficiary).
  • £179 Post in The London Gazette – helps protect against unexepected claims.
  • £150 (approximately) Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims.

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

 

As part of our fee we will:

  • Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate solicitor to work on your matter
  • Identify the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries
  • Accurately identify the type of Probate application you will require
  • Obtain the relevant documents required to make the application
  • Complete the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms
  • Draft a legal oath for you to swear
  • Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf
  • Obtain the Probate
  • Collect and distribute all assets in the estate

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6-12 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 6-26 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 6-40 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 40-52 weeks.