Probate Work



English probate work. Applying for the grant (and if instructed, assist you in collecting and distributing the assets)

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Most of our clients chose to have their fees for probate work calculated on the basis of hourly rates, as this will often work out to be the most economical option and it is fairest as they pay our fees, based on the amount of time spend on their file. However the risk is that if any complications arise, our initial estimate can be exceeded.

If you prefer the re-assurance of a fixed fee and we’re happy to offer a fixed fee basis for probate work; you will need to contact us with the specific details of your case and we will then explain to you how the fixed fee option will apply to your case.

What we typically do:

Cost estimate (on the basis of hourly rates).-

The quote below is for estates where:

If the deceased died domiciled outside England & Wales, or the deceased’s Will was made in accordance with the laws of another country, or the deceased left properties or assets outside England and Wales, we may still be able to assist you but our fees are likely to be higher than the estimate provided here.

Estimated fees:

If we only assist you in obtaining Probate (but we do not assist you in collecting and distributing the assets). We anticipate this will take between 3 and 6 hours work at £330 per hour (+VAT). Total costs estimated at £990-£1,980(+VAT).

If we assist you in obtaining Probate and also in collecting and distributing the assets, we anticipate this will take between 9 and 15 hours work at £330 per hour (+VAT). Total costs estimated at £2,970-£4,950 (+VAT).

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, costs will be at the higher end. The amount of correspondence with you or third parties (such as banks), telephone calls or
meetings requested by you will also have a bearing on our total fees, as we charge for our work based on the time spent on your matter.

Disbursements to be paid in addition to the above estimate of fees:

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.

The following disbursements apply if we assist you with the distribution of the assets:

Potential additional costs

How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6-12 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 8-16 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 8-16 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 8-16 weeks.

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