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Probate Applications and Estates
The complexity of probate applications varies depending on a number of factors such as:
As part of any fee quoted we will:-
If you need assistance in administering the estate, i.e. collecting in and then distributing the estate the, fees quoted will be towards the higher end of the range. The fees will also be towards the higher end of the range quoted if there are multiple accounts, shares and beneficiaries.
Probate applications can generally be divided into the following areas of work:
|Type of Work||Cost||Timescale||Complexity factors incurring further costs|
|Obtaining a grant of probate in a simple estate||£750 + VAT||3-6months||This fee is only applicable if the Executors have identified the full value of the estate.|
|Obtaining a grant and administering an estate where there is a valid Will and no Inheritance Tax to pay||£2,000 – £6,000 + VAT||3-9 months||If there are shareholdings (stocks and bonds) involved further work will be required depending on how they are to be dealt with|
|Obtaining letters of administration where there is not a Will (an intestacy) and administering the estate. No inheritance tax to pay||£2,000 – £6,000 + VAT||3-9 months||Further work may be required to locate missing beneficiaries by instructing a specialist firm who will charge their costs separately at the time of instruction|
|Obtaining a grant/ letters of administration and administering the estate where no inheritance tax to pay but a full Inheritance Tax Return required||£4,500 – £6,000 + VAT||Within 12 months but depending upon HMRC||In some cases a full inheritance tax return will be required even though inheritance tax is not payable|
|Valid Will or intestate
Inheritance tax payable
Full inheritance tax return required
|£6,000 – £20,000 + VAT||Minimum of 12 months dependant upon HMRC investigations||A taxable estate will require a full tax return setting out the details of each asset. Additional work may be required when claiming nil rate bands from a former deceased spouse’s estate as the former spouse’s estate value would also need to be established.|
If disputes between beneficiaries or executors arise, then this is likely to lead to an increase in costs and the matter may well have to be referred to another department within the firm.
Please note that when dealing with HMRC, it is difficult to give an exact timescale as to how long matters will take to complete. If Inheritance Tax is not payable, but a full Inland Revenue Return needs to be done, we have to wait for HMRC to return important documents prior to making the Application for Probate. Therefore any timescale will depend upon how long it takes for HMRC to deal with the said forms. If inheritance tax is payable HMRC have twenty weeks to raise any enquiries on any forms submitted and thereafter their investigations can continue beyond the time frame given.
We will give you a more accurate quote once we have ascertained further information regarding the estate. We would also ensure that you are kept updated with regards to timescales and issues which may cause further delay in dealing with an estate.
During the administration of an estate, we anticipate that the following disbursements may be required:-
|Probate application court fee||£155.00 + £1.50 per additional copy||Fixed fee|
|Office Copy Entries||£3.00 + VAT||Number of office copies obtained depending on number of properties and whether both leasehold and freehold titles registered separately|
|Bankruptcy searches||£2.00 + VAT||Number of personal representatives and beneficiaries against whom searches need to be made|
|Advertisement in the London Gazette to protect against unexpected claims from unknown creditors||£77.00 + VAT|
|Advertisement in local newspaper||Unknown + VAT||The charges will vary depending on the cost of the relevant local newspaper|
Value Added Tax “VAT”
All of our fees set out are exclusive of VAT which is chargeable at a rate of 20%. Please see above re. VAT on disbursements.
Please note we ask for a payment of £200 prior to making a probate application to cover any potential disbursements listed above.
Meet the team
Our team has over 35 years of collective experience in delivering quality work in all matters relating to Wills Estate Administration and Trusts. The team has particular expertise in high value estates, trusts and Inheritance Tax matters, together with advising on agricultural estates.
The following table sets out the details of those who may work on or otherwise supervise your file.
|Director||£285 + VAT|
|Associate Director||£250 + VAT|
|Solicitor/ Legal Executive||£220 + VAT|
|Paralegal||£135 + VAT|
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