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Probate (Uncontested Matters) – Range of Costs

When somebody dies there is a likelihood that a Grant of Probate (or Grant of Letters of Administration if there is no Will) will be required if that person owned a property or had bank accounts that held over a certain amount of money. We will be able to advise you if a Grant of Probate (or Grant of Letters of Administration) is required.

If a Grant of Probate (or Grant of Letters of Administration) is required there are two services that we can provide:

  • We can handle all of the administration of the estate; or
  • We can apply for the Grant of Probate (or Grant of Letters of Administration) for a fixed fee.

With both services we will provide you with a dedicated and experienced legal advisor to work on your matter who can provide you with guidance as to which service would be most suited to the circumstances.

Administration of the estate

This would include an initial appointment with the Executors of the deceased’s Will (or Administrators of the estate if there was no Will) in order to gain information regarding the deceased’s assets and liabilities. Following the meeting we would make contact with the necessary institutions i.e. banks, pension providers etc to enable us to prepare the papers to obtain the Grant of Probate (or Grant of Letters of Administration) and make payment of Inheritance Tax (if applicable). After we had obtained the Grant of Probate (or Grant of Letters of Administration) we would call in all of the assets and make payment of all liabilities and expenses. Once all of the assets have been called in and all liabilities/expenses have been paid we will prepare Interim Estate Accounts or Final Estate Accounts for your approval. It may be possible to make interim distributions before the administration of the estate is finalised. This is at the discretion of the Executors (or Administrators) and we will advise you if we consider this to be appropriate. Once these matters have all been concluded we will distribute the estate in accordance with the terms of the Will or as otherwise agreed by all relevant persons.

Please note that the above is a simplified process of what happens throughout an administration of an estate and is not an exhaustive list.

How much does this service cost?

If you instruct us to administer the estate on behalf of the Executors (or Administrators) our charges will fall into one of the following brackets:

  • £1,000 – £3,000 (this will take between 6 and 19 hours work);
  • £3,000 – £5,000 (this will take between 19 and 32 hours work); or
  • £5,000 – £10,000+ (this will take between 32 and 63+ hours work).

Please note that all of the above are not inclusive of VAT and disbursements. Also if there is a property to sell or transfer this will attract a separate fee to be charged by one of our property solicitors.

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.

Costs are likely to be at the higher end of the range if:

  • There are multiple beneficiaries;
  • There is a property/multiple properties;
  • There are multiple bank accounts, investments or share holdings (stocks and bonds);
  • There is no valid Will and a genealogist needs to be instructed;
  • There are disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets or there is a claim against the estate. In this instance it is likely that the matter would have to be referred to a specialist contentious probate solicitor;
  • Inheritance Tax is payable.

We will be able to provide you with an estimate at the initial meeting, taking into account the information that you provide us regarding the estate and we will keep you updated with any revision of estimates throughout the administration of the estate if applicable.

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.

The disbursements that are likely to be included are:

  • Probate application fee of £155;
  • If any additional copies of the Grant of Probate (or Grant of Letters of Administration) are required they will cost 50p per extra copy;
  • £7 swearing of the oath (per Executor) or £5 swearing of the oath (Per Administrator);
  • Certainty Will Search of £114;
  • Land Registry Search fee of £3;
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary);
  • £150-£300 to post a Section 27 Trustee Act 1925 Notice in the London Gazette and a local newspaper. This is done to protect against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.

How long will this take?

On average, estates can take up to a year to be finalised; however depending on the circumstances of the matter it can take up to 2 years plus.

At Foys, we will endeavour to finalise an estate as efficiently and as quickly as possible and we will keep you updated with regards to timescales.

Grant of Probate for a fixed fee

We can help you through the difficult process of administering an estate by obtaining the Grant of Probate (or Grant of Letters of Administration) on your behalf, whilst you attend to the rest of the administration of the estate yourself. This would involve you providing one of our legal advisors with the necessary information (assets and liabilities in the estate) so that they can draft the application papers on your behalf before arranging for you to approve and sign them.

How much does this service cost?

Our fixed fee for this service is £500.

Please note that the above is not inclusive of VAT and disbursements.

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.

The disbursements that are likely to be included are:

  • Probate application fee of £155;
  • If any additional copies of the Grant of Probate (or Grant of Letters of Administration) are required they will cost 50p per extra copy;
  • £7 swearing of the oath (per Executor) or £5 swearing of the oath (Per Administrator);
  • Certainty Will Search of £114;
  • Land Registry Search fee of £3.

How long will this take?

On average, this can take up to 6 months to complete. This can often depend on how quickly you are able to provide our probate solicitor with the required information.

We can assist you in dealing with such matters at any of our offices and the following people may undertake the work on your behalf:-

Chapeltown:-

Sally Marritt has over 23 years experience of managing the busy and complex issues relating to Wills, Probate, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection applications. Sally worked for a large reputable firm of Solicitors in Sheffield before joining Foys in January 2018. Sally offers clear, practical advice and support to clients at a very difficult time in their lives. She specialises in Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Probate and Court of Protection work.

Helen Swift qualified as a Solicitor in February 2006, becoming an Associate Solicitor at Foys in 2017. Upon joining Foys in 2002, Helen initially formed part of the Litigation Department, specialising in the areas of Personal Injury, Industrial Disease and Clinical Negligence. Helen moved to the Private Client Department of Foys in 2017 and now deals with Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Probate matters.

Clowne:-

Steve Dixon qualified from the University of Leicester with an LLB degree and qualified as a solicitor in 1983. Steve has 35 years experience in uncontested Probate and Private Client work.

Doncaster:-

Lee Hunter graduated from Northumbria University in 2010 with a First Class LLB (Honours) Law Exempting Degree and commenced his training contract with a reputable law firm in Leeds city centre on 15th March 2011; subsequently being admitted as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts on the 15th March 2013. Lee joined Foys in 2016 and practices in all areas of Private Client Law, including Wills, Estate Administration, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court or Protection work.

Samantha Smith joined Foys in 2015, since which time she has specialised in drafting Wills, creating Lasting Power of Attorney documents and registration of the same. Samantha also assists in dealing with the administration of Estates, obtaining Grants of Probate and Court of Protection Orders.

Retford:-

Jonathan Fall is a Fellow of the Institute of Paralegals and joined Foys in May 2018. Jonathan has been practising law for over 20 years and has experience in all aspects of Wills, Probate, Administration of Estates, Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection, Elderly Client Law as well as Trusts and Taxation. Jonathan has an excellent reputation with clients, with many having followed him throughout his career.

Rotherham:-

Karen Barton qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2014; joining Foys in 2017. She has 10 years experience dealing with Wills, Powers of Attorney, Administration of Estates together with Court of Protection and Probate applications.

Waterthorpe:-

Gina Brabham graduated from the University of Leeds with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 2014. She has worked in Wills and Probate since 2015, joining Foys in June 2017. Gina is currently studying for her LPC (LLM) at Nottingham Trent University whilst continuing her training contract with Foys.

Worksop:-

Melanie Penny is an Associate Legal Executive with experience spanning over 17 years; 9 of which specialising in Wills and Probate. Melanie has knowledge and extensive experience in a wide range of matters encompassed under the Wills and Probate umbrella including all types of Wills (both drafting and their interpretation) Asset Protection and Estate Planning, Dee of Gift, General, Enduing and Lasting Powers of Attorney, Administration of Estates – both Probate and Intestacies, Trust matters and Court of Protection Applications and Management. Melanie has, amongst other things, acted in complex intestacy matters, compiling family trees, tracing and verifying beneficiaries. Administered intestate estates where the minor children were in local authority care where it was necessary to make an application to the Registrar for the deceased’s parents to apply to extract the Grant; conduct of a professional deputyship matter with a high maintenance client and family with a portfolio of investments in excess of £3.5 million. The ever changing arena of the law excites Melanie and she feels passionate about her chosen area of speciality.

Toni Cheetham is a Specialist Paralegal in Wills, Trust and Probate and has worked in the Wills and Probate Legal Services for over ten years. She is qualified in Will writing from the Institute of Professional Will Writers and has a vast knowledge of Trusts.

All of our legal advisors are supervised from someone within the department with appropriate knowledge and experience. The Partners with ultimate responsibility for the department are as follows:-

Kim Ashley LL.B (Hons) specialises in Family Matters. She joined the practice in 2001 and qualified in 2004, becoming a Partner in 2012 and becoming joint Managing Partner in 2016. Kim is Head of the Family Law Department in Doncaster and is also the Firm’s Legal Aid Agency Representative. Kim is a member of Resolution and is also a Resolution Accredited Specialist in the areas of Children Law – Private, Domestic abuse and cohabitation. As joint Managing Partner Kim now also deals with the Firms risk and compliance issues. Kim is based at our Doncaster office.

Anuj Makol LL.B (Hons) specialises in Employment Law but deals with other areas of Civil Litigation including Personal Injury and Contract Disputes and is Head of the Firm’s Civil Litigation Department. He is a Member of the Employment Lawyers Association. He joined Foys in 2001 and qualified in 2003, becoming a Partner in 2013 and joint Managing Partner in 2016. Anuj is also the Firms Complaints Manager. Anuj is based at our Doncaster office.

Conclusion

We hope that the above information is useful. We have tried to provide you with as much information as possible; however, please note that all estate administrations can be different and in order to obtain tailored advice we would encourage you to contact us to arrange a meeting for you with one of our legal advisors.