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Range of costs for applying for the grant of probate, collecting and distributing the assets

We anticipate this will take between 10-15 hours work at from £180 – £225 per hour. Total costs estimated at £1,800 - £3,375 (+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.

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

  • There is a valid Will or if there is not a valid Will and the following points apply
  • There is no more than one property
  • There are no more than four bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are one to four  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
  • There are no foreign assets

Disbursements not included in this fee:

  • Probate application fee of £155 (April review)
  • Swearing of the oath (per executor) currently £7.00 per executor
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)
  • Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.   Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims costs are between £25 and £300
  • ID verification at a cost of £8 per executor

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 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 3-6 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 4-6 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 4-8 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 3-4 weeks.

 

We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf.

How much does this service cost?

TOTAL: fixed fee of £540 (incl. VAT).

This is simply for obtaining the Grant.  This is assuming we are provided with all necessary information and does not involve us collecting assets in or distributing them.

Breakdown of costs:

Legal fees £450

VAT on legal fees £90

In addition there will be

  • Probate application fee of £155 (April review)
  • Swearing of the oath (per executor) currently £7.00 per executor
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)
  • Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.   Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims and costs between £25 and £300
  • ID verification at a cost of £8 per executor

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.

As part of our fixed fee we will:

  • Provide you with a dedicated an experienced probate Solicitor or Chartered Legal Executive 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 you to swear
  • Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf
  • Obtain the Probate and office copies

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within one month.

 

There are 5 team members who may work on your matter, between them they have over 84 years of collective experience in delivering high quality work in all matters relating to Wills and Estate Administration. The team has particular expertise in high value estate. Regardless of who works on your matter they will be supervised by Helen Biglin, Partner, and head of Wills, Trusts and Probate.

Helen Biglin – Partner

Helen is the head of our team and has over 25 years experience in private client work, specialising in Wills and Probate. Helen qualified in 1993 and at that time joined Walton Hardy & Clough in Darlington as a member of their Wills Trust & Probate team. In 1996 she was made a partner. Following the merger of Walton Hardy & Clough with BHP in 1997, she became head of the team. Helen has helped thousands of families and individuals.

Peter Leach – Legal Executive

Peter is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Legal Executive and has over 35 years experience in dealing with Probate matters. Peter joined BHP Law in 1998 and throughout that time has practised in Wills, Trusts and Probate. Peter is particularly skilled in dealing with complex estate matters. Peter has completed several professional courses in Probate and Estate administration.

Laura Vipond – Legal Executive

Laura qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Legal Executive in 2007 and is now undertaking the Graduate Diploma in Law at De Montford University in Leicester. Laura has over 17 years experience in private client work, specialising in Wills and Probate. Laura joined BHP Law in 1998 as a result of a merger with local firm Mitchell Dodds.

James McMillan – Solicitor

James began his legal career in 2011 and qualified as a Solicitor in 2013. James joined BHP Law in 2016 and has been dealing exclusively with Wills, Trusts and Probate matters since then. James is a full member of STEP (TEP) which means he is internationally recognised as an expert in his field. James is currently training to be a Notary Public.

Holly Naylor – Trainee Solicitor

Holly has a First Class Masters Degree in Law from Northumbria University. Holly joined BHP Law in 2017 as a Paralegal and began her Training Contract with us in 2018. Holly has undertaken work in our Family, Personal Injury and Wills, Trusts and Probate. Holly will qualify as a Solicitor in 2019.

 

 

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