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:
- 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 the executor/s to swear
- Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf
- Obtain the Probate and securely send it to you (if you are going to deal with collecting and distributing the assets), or
- Assist you in collect and distributing all assets in the estate
Cost estimate (on the basis of hourly rates).-
The quote below is for estates where:
- There is a valid will made in accordance with the laws of England and Wales
- There is no more than one property
- There are no properties outside England and Wales
- No translations are required
- The deceased died domiciled in England and Wales
- There are no more than two bank or building society accounts and the accounts hold cash
- There are no other intangible assets
- There are 1-3 beneficiaries
- There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs
- 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
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.
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.
- Probate application fee of £155 (no fee if the estate has a value below £5,000). Please note that these fees are changed by the Government from time to time. Please contact us at the time of instructing us so that we can confirm whether any changes have taken place
- £5 Swearing of the oath plus £2 per exhibit (per executor)
The following disbursements apply if we assist you with the distribution of the assets:
Potential additional costs
- If there is no will or the estate consists of any share holdings (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 quote once we have more information.
- If there are disputes between beneficiaries, if some beneficiaries are incapable or minors or are not contactable or do not cooperate, or information or documents that we need from you are not provided promptly, or if you require details explanation of the work involved or seek advice on related matters, or if any properties comprised in the estate are subject to a dispute or there are any other legal problems with the property such as squatters, rented, charged as a result of debts (other than an ordinary mortgage), there is likely to be additional costs.
- If any additional copies of the grant are required, they will cost £0.50 (1 per asset usually).
- Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.
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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