WILLS & PROBATE

Probate – obtaining a grant of probate only (fixed fee) We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf. The executors will remain responsible for collecting the assets, finalising any tax due, payment of all liabilities, and distribution to the beneficiaries

What we will do we will: –

  • Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate solicitor/chartered legal executive to work on your matter;
  • Identify the legally appointed executors or administrators;
  • Accurately identify the type of Probate application you will require;
  • 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 and securely send two sealed copies to you

How much does this service cost?

A total fee of £823 (including VAT and disbursements).

Breakdown of costs:

Legal fees 

 

£550.00
VAT on legal fees 

 

£110.00
Commissioner’s fees for swearing the Oath (per executor) 

 

£7.00
Probate Court application fee £155.00 

 

Plus £0.50 for each sealed copy grant (we suggest obtaining at least 2) 

 

£1.00
Total 

 

£823.00

On average, this type of matter is dealt with within 1-3 months. It may be faster or slower depending on the circumstances. Typically, once the application is made to the Probate Court, obtaining the grant of probate takes 2-3 weeks.

 

Probate – full administration (small estate)

What we will do we will handle the full process for you. This estimate is for estates where:

  • There is a valid will
  • There are no more than 2 bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other assets
  • There are no more than 2 beneficiaries
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets
  • There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC
  • There are no claims made against the estate

How much will this service cost?

We anticipate this will take between 4 and 5 hours work at £190 per hour. Total costs are therefore estimated at £760 – 950 (+ VAT).

However, the exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter.

Disbursements may include:

  • Probate application fee of £155.00 (plus £0.50 for each sealed copy of the grant)
  • Commissioner’s fees of £5 per executor for swearing the oath (plus £2 per executor for each exhibit to the oath)
  • Bankruptcy searches at £2 per beneficiary
  • Search of the title register at the Land Registry at £3 per title

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.

Potential additional costs

  • If there is no will or the estate consists of any shareholdings (stocks and bonds) there is likely to be additional costs that could range significantly depending on the estate and how it is to be dealt with. We can give you a more accurate estimate once we have more information.
  • If there is a property to be sold, the costs of transferring the property to the new owners will be additional.
  • If any additional copies of the grant are required, they will cost £0.50 each.
  • Statutory advertisements pursuant to section 27 of the Trustee Act 1925 will be additional. The cost of this will depend upon exactly what advertisements are required.
  • If beneficiaries are missing and need to be traced there will be an additional cost to the estate.
  • Disputes between beneficiaries are likely to lead to an increase in costs.

How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 2-3 months. We are unable to say exactly how long it will take to gather the information necessary to allow us to apply for the Grant of Probate as this is largely dependent upon other organisations providing that information to us. Typically, we would expect to have received all of the necessary information within 4-6 weeks.

Once we are in a position to make the application for the grant of probate, the application will usually take 2-3 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 2-3 weeks. Any estate liabilities will then need to be paid and, once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 1-2 weeks.

Some types of assets mean that the estate administration will take longer, for example if the estate contains a property that needs to be sold.

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