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Probate Pricing

What is Probate?

Probate may be required when a loved one passes away. Essentially, it means the accessing and distribution of the person’s estate according to their will (if they left one), or according to the law of intestacy (if they did not leave a will).

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We understand that losing someone is an emotional and difficult time, and we are here to help.

A grant of probate may need to be obtained in the estate to allow the executors access to certain assets, in order to distribute to the beneficiaries of the Will or intestacy.

We are able to assist you in either:

  • Obtaining the Grant only. We will apply for the Grant, based on the information provided to us by you.  Once received, you will be able to deal with third parties with the Grant yourself.
  • Executor Support. We will be on hand to advise on the aspects of administrating an estate that you wish.
  • Full Estate Administration. We will deal with all aspects of the administration, from dealing with third parties (such as banks and building societies), to applying for the Grant of Probate, collecting in the estate and distributing the estate according to the Will/laws of intestacy.

The process, timeframes and costs:

It can, on average, take between 9 months to 18 months to administer an estate, depending on the complexity of the estate, whether there is an inheritance tax liability to account to HMRC, or the complexity of the Will itself.

Obtaining the Grant of Probate can take 6 months from the date of being instructed.

In instances where inheritance tax needs to be paid, this needs to be paid within 6 months from the end of the month that the deceased passed away in to avoid penalties and interest from accruing.  If the estate comprises of certain assets such as property, HMRC may allow inheritance tax to be paid in 10 annual instalments (allowing the Grant to be obtained prior to the full account being paid).  Generally, inheritance tax needs to be paid before obtaining the Grant of Probate.

Our fees for probate can vary depending on the complexity of the matter and the estate.  Whilst it is not possible to estimate the total costs, as much will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter, most of our probate matters costs between £1,500 + VAT – £5,000 + VAT plus disbursements.  VAT is charged at the current rate of 20%.  This includes fees incurred from the initial consultation, through to obtaining the grant (or letters of administration in an intestacy situation), to collecting in and distributing the estate to the intended beneficiaries.

In addition to our fees, there may be disbursements to pay.  Currently the cost of obtaining the Grant of Probate is currently £273.  Additionally, it is considered best practice to undertake a will search, place Section 27 notices, and conduct an asset and liability search.  This ensures the correct will is being administered, protects you, the executor from personal liability against claims from unknown creditors, and ensures there are no unknown assets.  We use third parties to undertake these searches, and their fees are as follows:

Will search and Section 27 notice                                                           £221 plus VAT (i.e. £265.20 in total)

Local Section 27 notice (if there is a property in the estate)               £215 plus VAT (i.e. £258 in total)

Asset and liability search                                                                           £165 plus VAT(i.e. £198 in total)

We shall conduct these searches in all cases.

There may also be additional disbursements such as £30 plus VAT (ie £36) per ID check; £3 for an office copy of the property register, £2 per bankruptcy check, and CHAPS fees (usually charged at £30 + VAT, totalling £36).

Disbursements are costs that related to your matter, payable to 3rd parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements from client funds to ensure a smoother process.

 

Our probate matters are conducted by our Anna Wakefield (senior paralegal with over 6 year’s experience and CILEX Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice (Elderly Client Practice) and (Probate Practice)) and our Claire Nash (solicitor and founder with over 14 years’ experience, BSc Law and Accountancy and Legal Practice Course).

 

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