Thank you for looking at our probate services. Coping with the death of a person can bring a mixture of emotions and the legal side of dealing with a person’s death can often be overwhelming and confusing. Having compassionate, experienced legal advice can make this difficult situation much easier on you and your loved ones.
Whether the deceased person left a Will or whether there is substantial wealth and property involved, the sense of burden can increase. Where a Will is in existence the Executors will need to apply for the grant of probate which will give them the legal right to administer the estate. Where there is no Will in existence, the Will is invalid, or it does not specify Executor, an Administrator will need to be appointed.
The cost for a Grant of Probate only application is £650 + VAT.
It can be difficult to provide an ‘average’ cost on a probate case. Our fees are based on the hourly rate of the legal advisor dealing with the case and this is charged on a time spent basis. Based on an average probate case with an estate comprising of £200K property value and other assets of £50K it would cost in the region of £4,000 - £5,000 + VAT. This can vary considerably based on the complexity of the estate, assets involved and number of beneficiaries etc.
What our fee includes
Completion of relevant HMRC forms, preparation of Executors Oath and submission to Probate Court based on information collected and provided by the Executors.
Administering the estate, liaising with Executors and beneficiaries as required, completion of all required HMRC submissions, dealing with assets and liabilities. Preparation of full estate accounts.
Specialist tax advice, conveyancing costs in respect of transferring any property, third party costs, court costs, swear fees, ancilliary documents required to vary the estate. Bank transfer costs. Not available where Inheritance Tax is payable. Does not include enquiries to ascertain estate value or any other investigative work required by the legal advisor. Does not include collection of assets, payment of liabilities or distribution of estate. No further submissions to HMRC other than the initial Inheritance tax return. Does not include Court costs or swear fees.
We have an experienced team who can assist you with every aspect of the probate process, reducing the administrative burden and advising sensitively on key decisions which need to be made when managing an estate. We are aware that administering an estate comes at a time of grief and high emotion, and that most people do not know the processes and legal requirements involved.
We will give you a clear time frame of how long probate should take and will keep you and any beneficiaries advised throughout.
You will have the confidence that you are our priority, with our aim being that any member of the team is available to speak with you when you need some clarity and certainty at any stage in the process. We feel this provides reassurance and gives you an outlet for any concerns that you may have. Fees are generally paid out of the estate, so there may not be a need for you to fund the administration.