Probate or administration of estate is a term commonly used to refer to the manner in
which the people responsible for dealing with the deceased's estate carry out their duties.
A Grant (otherwise known as a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration) is a legal document granted by the Probate Registry, which confirms that the personal representatives have authority to deal with the assets in the deceased's estate. All of the deceased's assets and liabilities have to be ascertained and valued. If the deceased left a valid Will, then the executors appointed are the only people entitled to deal with the estate.
If there is no Will, then the estate will be administered in accordance with the Intestacy Rules and the deceased's spouse or nearest blood relatives, known as administrators, will need to apply for a Grant of Letters of Administration. They will have no access to the deceased's estate until they have obtained the Grant. If the value of the estate is over £5,000 and the deceased left a valid Will, it may be necessary to obtain a Grant of Probate. Where there is no Will then a Grant of Letters of Administration must be obtained. Where the estate is £5,000 or less, it may be dealt with under the Small Estates Procedure.
We can help you with as much or as little as you wish.
Probate work can be charged on a fixed fee basis but it depends on how much work needs to be done. Our fees are calculated according to the complexity of the matter, the number of staff required to assist and the length of time it will take to finalise your matter.
Fees start from £1,250.00 plus VAT by arrangement for a small estate.
For all other estates, we charge an hourly rate of £195.00 plus VAT unless a fixed fee has been agreed. Disbursements, such as Probate Registry fees, are charged separately.
For guidance as to our pricing, please see examples of our packages below:
Option A - £1,250.00 Plus VAT @20% and Plus Disbursements For:
Option B - £2,350.00 Plus VAT @20% and Plus Disbursements For:
Option C - £6,950.00 Plus VAT @20% and Plus Disbursements For:
Option D - A Fully Managed Probate
This is a bespoke service which removes the stress and worry that an executor can experience when facing a complex or large estate. Typically, we charge an Hourly Rate of £195.00 Plus VAT @20% And Plus Disbursements, however, we are still prepared to offer a fixed fee where possible. Please contact us to discuss your particular requirements. Under this package, we complete all work within Options A to C plus any other work that you request us to complete on your behalf, for example:
Where The Firm Has Been Appointed As Executor in the Will
The Firm Takes On Full Responsibility And Liability For The Assets In The Estate. We charge as follows:
Typical disbursements are as follows:
£220.00 per hour plus VAT and disbursements.