Probate

When a person dies, the assets that they leave (their estate) must be dealt with by: –

The executors (where the deceased has made a Will) or;
The administrators (if no Will was made).

How can we help?

Our solicitors can help guide you through what can be an overwhelming process. We have many years’ experience and we can advise you, and help you with, the duties required from an executor/administrator.

Our pricing for uncontested probate work depends on the complexity of the matter. The price range for dealing with various cases are as follows:

Application for Grant of Representation (Probate)

We are often asked to simply extract the Grant of Representation/Probate and assist with the legalities involved. There is a fixed fee detailed below for that which involves completing tax and legal documents necessary to apply for Probate.

A straightforward application for the Grant of Representation (Probate): £500-£750 (plus VAT and disbursements)

Medium Complexity Administration

Medium complexity administration of the entire estate: £750-£2,000 (plus VAT and disbursements)

High Complexity Administration

High complexity administration of the entire estate: £2,000-£4,000 (plus VAT and disbursements)

Factors that could make a case more complex and increase the costs:

  • Where we are appointed executors or given power of attorney to deal with the estate;
  • Substantive collection of paperwork, investigations at the deceased persons property or of significant volume of documents;
  • Completing inheritance tax accounts for submission and arranging payment of the inheritance tax due to HMRC;
  • Dealing with utility bills or substantive liabilities, placement of s27 notice to creditor adverts;
  • Defending any claims brought against the estate;
  • The number of beneficiaries and the increased compliance necessary to identify and settle payment.
  • Disbursements

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

Disbursements can include but are not limited to payments to advertisers for s27 notice to creditor adverts, land registry applications where necessary to ensure ownership of property and identification and anti-money laundering searches.

Your instructions

Where we asked to assist in the administration of the estate the work involved can differ. Our solicitors charge an hourly rate of £250. They will often estimate the hours involved and multiply this by their hourly rate to provide an estimate at the outset. A change in instructions or a request to prepare additional documents such as a deed of variation or a deed of assignment from within a trust may increase the work quoted for previously.

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