Probate Solicitors London

Unfortunately when a loved one dies there are a number of formalities which need to be dealt with in a time compliant manner. You may need to find out whether they left a Will or whether they owed anyone money. You may also need to try and get money released from their bank account in order to pay the funeral parlour bills. Sometimes beneficiaries will also need to be traced. All of these tasks can seem daunting when you are trying to come to terms with the death of a loved one. We are here to advise you in a sympathetic manner at a difficult and sensitive time in your life.

In the UK, when your time comes to an end and you die, the executors of your Estate will have to apply for Probate, and make a return and declaration of the total value of the Estate to see if Inheritance Tax is due to the Government, Her MajestyÕs Revenue & Customs. The appropriate Inheritance Tax form, in the form of a scroll with a black ribbon is shown here along with a Probate Application form. The pocket watch is set to midnight: the end of time.

Probate Services

If you are the named Executor you have a number of duties to both the Estate and the Beneficiaries. We can help you fulfil your duties and can guide you with regard to what needs to be done.

In order to withdraw money from the deceased’s bank account or to sell their property you may need to apply for a Grant of Probate, or if they did not leave a Will, Letters of Administration.

We can take the strain out of the grieving period for you. We can complete the inheritance tax documents, draft the Oaths that need to be Sworn and then make the application for the relevant order to enable the release of the deceased’s assets.

Once that is done, we can assist with the Administration of the Estate in accordance with the Will or in accordance with the Intestacy Rules, which apply if the deceased did not leave a Will.

At the end of the Administration Period we will provide you with a comprehensive statement which illustrates what assets have been released, what bills have been paid and which Beneficiaries have received their gifts.

We offer an initial fixed fee consultation for 20 minutes at a cost of £50 + VAT to discuss the deceased’s affairs generally. If we are able to assist further we will provide a full costs estimate at that meeting. If you instruct us to deal with the probate, you will not be charged for the fixed fee consultation.

Contentious Probate

Should anyone challenge the validity of the Will or the last wishes of the deceased then sometimes Court proceedings are unavoidable. We can assist with this unwanted situation and advise and represent you should you wish to make such a challenge or indeed should you need to defend such a challenge on behalf of the Estate.

Occasionally, there are situations where you know that a Will has been prepared, but that the Will does not reflect the actual intentions of the deceased. Provided all beneficiaries agree to amending the Will, you can, within a permitted time, enter into a Deed of Family Arrangement to alter who gets what.

If you require further information or to discuss a Probate matter, please contact our Office on 020 8646 4885 or email us at: Legal@p-llp.net

Likely Costs:

To provide you with an indication of our fees we have set out the likely costs of a basic application for Probate. The cost indication provided is on the assumption that the Executors/Administrators of the Estate are willing to act and the Beneficiaries are known and can be located. We would further assume that the assets can be identified and valued and are all within the UK.

We anticipate this will take between 7 and 10 hours work at £195 per hour (+ VAT). Total costs estimated at £1,365 -1,950 (+VAT).

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs may 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.

If there is a property the cost of selling the property is not included with the estimate.

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

  • There is a valid will or for an intestate estate where the estate passes to the spouse or children of the deceased.
  • There is no more than one property
  • There are no more than 5 bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are 1-5 beneficiaries
  • There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. And there are no claims made against the estate.
  • If disputes/claims arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs as the matter could become contentious requiring the Estate to be involved in Litigation.

 

  • Disbursements to be added to this fee:
  • Probate application fee of £155 plus 50p for each additional copy payable to HMCTS
  • £5-7 Swearing of the Oath with another Solicitor (per executor)
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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.

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 you require us to assist with the distribution of the estate then there will be additional costs and disbursements.
  • How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 4-9 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 6-12 weeks as this is the time required to collate all of the relevant information for the preparation of the Estate Return and Oath.

 

As part of our fee we will:

  • 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 and prepare the correct HMRC Return and Oath for the Probate Registry.
  • Obtain the relevant documents required to make the Application
  • Complete the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms
  • Draft a legal Oath for you to swear
  • Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf
  • Obtain the Grant Probate

 

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