Probate

We understand that this can be a very difficult and distressing time for our clients and we offer a caring and sympathetic approach.

If we are instructed to deal with the full administration of an estate, we can deal with:

  • Registering the death
  • Arranging the funeral
  • Clearing a property
  • Marketing and selling the property
  • Contacting the banks and various financial institutions to obtain information regarding the deceased’s assets
  • Paying Inheritance Tax
  • Collecting in the assets
  • Paying debts
  • Paying the beneficiaries

We will always advise on any tax implications arising from the death whether by virtue of the Will or on an intestacy.

Contact us

If you would like a quote for Probate or to find out more about our services, please contact:

Jennifer Wilkinson - jennifer.wilkinson@cookandtalbot.co.uk

Charges

Ascertaining the values of assets, applying for the grant, collecting and distributing assets

We anticipate this will take between 5 and 15 hours of work at £220 per hour. Total estimated costs will therefore be between £1,100 and £3,300 (+VAT) dependent upon the complexity of the case.

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.

We will handle the full process for you. This quote is for estates where:

  • There is a valid Will
  • There is no more than one property
  • There are no more than 5 bank or building society accounts
  • There are no foreign assets
  • There are no more than 5 beneficiaries
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of the assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs.
  • There is no inheritance tax to pay and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC
  • There are no claims made against the estate.

Disbursements in addition to this fee:

  • Probate application fee £155 (The Government are planning to significantly increase their Probate fees in 2019)
  • Bankruptcy search fees £2 per beneficiary
  • Statutory Notices £250-£300 – optional if there is a lay executor, compulsory if we are appointed as executors.

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursement on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

In addition to our hourly rate, we will charge a percentage of the estate based on the Law Society Guidelines. This charge is 1% of the gross estate (excluding the property) and 0.5% of the property value.

 

Potential additional costs

  • If there is no will, or the estate consists of any share holdings (stocks and bonds) or foreign assets or multiple properties, 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 any additional copies of the grant are required, they will cost 50p per copy. One copy is usually needed for each asset.
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of the property in the estate is not included.
  • If the estate is subject to inheritance tax.

 

How long will this take

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 3-4 months. Typically obtaining the Grant of Probate takes between 6-8 weeks (where there are no shares or bonds and one property). Collecting in the assets then follows, which can take between 4-6 weeks. Once this has been done, we can then distribute the assets to the beneficiaries, which normally takes 2-3 weeks.

  • *There are currently delays at the Probate Registry meaning that applications to obtain a Grant of Probate are taking around 12 weeks.

 

Making an application for a Grant of Probate Only

If you simply wish for us to obtain the Grant of Probate then we will charge a fixed fee of £500 plus VAT plus disbursements (listed above). This is on the basis that all of the information regarding the values of the assets is provided to us. If you require us to carry out any additional work, this would be charged at an hourly rate.

The fee earners with conduct of probate cases within the practice are:

Jennifer Wilkinson – Solicitor and Head of Department – Date of admission as a Solicitor – 17/08/09

John Wroblewski  - Solicitor/Director – Date of admission as a Solicitor - 16/10/95

Sarah Rostamlou-Andrews – Solicitor/Director – Date of admission as a Solicitor – 15/01/08 

The Solicitor who deals with your case will be supervised by another of the Solicitors listed above. Details of your Solicitor and their supervisor will be provided to you upon receipt of your instructions.

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