We bring understanding and experience to provide you with the best personal probate service and advice for your particular situation.
What is a Probate?
“When a person dies somebody has to deal with their estate (money property and possessions left) by collecting in all the money, paying any debts and distributing what is left to those people entitled to it. Probate is the court’s authority; given to a person or persons to administer a deceased person’s estate and the document issued by the Probate Service is called a Grant of Representation. This document is usually required by the asset holders as proof to show the correct person or persons have the Probate Service’s authority to administer a deceased person’s estate.” (1)
In straight forward language a Grant of Probate is an order of the Court giving one or more people the legal authority to administer the estate of the deceased in order to distribute it correctly to the beneficiaries.
How we can help
At Peasegoods Solicitors, we pride ourselves on providing a sympathetic and personal Probate service to suit your individual needs.
Dealing with someone’s affairs when they die can be complicated, confusing and lengthy, often taking months to complete. Not what you need at a distressing and emotional time. Depending on your own particular circumstances, we offer various levels of assistance. This can range from giving you help and advice on how to complete Probate, inheritance tax and property transfer forms, to a complete Probate or administration service whereby no interviews with the Probate office or probate registry are necessary. Peasegoods Solicitors can also provide these same services in the event there is no will.
If you would like help with getting Probate following a death or dealing with the estate of a relative or friend then please contact us for a free initial discussion regarding our services and costs.
HM Courts and Tribunals Service www.justice.gov.uk
Costs and Services
We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf. We will also undertake the collecting and distributing of assets.
We offer two fixed price services; a Grant Only service for those people who are familiar with the probate process and a Small Estates Service for estates where the net worth is less than £200,000. For larger estates we offer a bespoke service.
How much do the services cost?
Fixed fee of £750 (incl. VAT).
With this service we will:
- Advise you on the notices which may be given to reduce your liabilities as executor
- Help you ascertain the correct figures for the deceased’s accounts and savings for probate purposes
- Complete the short form Inheritance Tax return (IHT 205)
- Draft an oath for the executors/administrators to swear
- Apply to the court for a grant of probate/letters of administration
- Obtain the Grant of Probate or Grant of Letters of Administration and appropriate number of court sealed copies
Small Estates Service
Fixed fee of £2500 (incl. VAT).
This includes: obtaining the grant, collecting assets and distributing them.
Breakdown of costs:
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.
- Probate court fee of £155.
- Bankruptcy only – Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary).
- £104.52 to post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.
- Between £250 and £400 to post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims.
As part of our fixed 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
- Collect information on the value of the estate
- Obtain the relevant documents required to make the application
- Liaise with utility companies, local council and credit card companies
- Complete the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms
- Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf
- Obtain the Probate and securely send two copies to you
- Collect and distribute all assets in the estate
On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6-9 months (taking into account that there is often a property that needs to be sold). Typically, obtaining a Grant of Probate takes between 12-16 weeks (assuming that inheritance tax has to be paid). Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 6-8 weeks (although this can be longer if a property has to be sold). Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets which normally takes 3-4 weeks.
Fee £210 per hour
If you need more assistance than the fixed fee options permit we offer an hourly rate service which we will estimate at the outset of the matter. If you opt for this service:
- We will provide you with a costs estimate at the outset and update you regularly on your costs so you can stay in control
- We will expect to invoice you monthly and for you to discharge your invoices promptly
- A payment on account may be required
- All disbursements including court fees must be paid up front as you go along
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