Full Uncontested Probate
Where we do not know all the details relating to your matter (for example, in administering a deceased person’s estate from start to finish which will involve us in investigating and ascertaining assets liabilities and even beneficiaries of the estate), our charges will be calculated according to the time spent by partners, solicitors and legal staff in dealing with the estate.
For meetings, discussions and other work progressing the administration of the estate, the hourly charging rates (excluding VAT) of our Solicitors and legal staff are:
|Lee Baron (Partner & Overall Supervisor)
|Paul Rowley (Associate)
|Rebecca Randle (Partner)
|Sharon Rowley (Legal Executive)
|Trainee Solicitors and Paralegals
VAT will be added at the current rate (presently 20%)
If less than one hour is involved, we calculate the time spent in units of six minutes. (One six minute unit equals 10 per cent of the hourly rate).
- Telephone calls and letters are treated as follows:
- Telephone calls (made and received by us) are recorded in units each of six minutes;
- Short and routine letters (written and received, including faxes and emails) are counted as six minutes each
We will handle the entire process for you.
Below we detail what services are covered in our standard fee and any likely disbursement costs.
As a general guide, our average standard legal fee for an uncontested probate matter, for a full-service administration of an estate including property is from £4000.00 plus VAT – £6000.00 plus VAT (a total cost of £4800.00 – £7,200.00 Inc. VAT) plus Disbursements.
Our Standard Fee estimate above is for estates where: –
- There is a valid will.
- There is no more than one property.
- There is no more than £325,000.00 in the bank or building society accounts.
- There are no other intangible assets.
- There are 1 – 2 beneficiaries.
- There are no disputes between beneficiaries on the 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 complete account to HMRC.
- There are no claims made against the estate.
- There is no tax clearance awaited for either inheritance or income tax.
If at any stage, our fees change, we will notify you and discuss the reason for any changes. This would typically occur if you change your instructions or your case involves an unforeseen complexity.
Our Average Fees Assume That:
- The transaction is concluded in a timely manner, and no unforeseen complications arise.
- All parties to the transaction are cooperative, and there is no unreasonable delay from any parties providing documentation.
The cost of administering a deceased person’s estate will depend entirely on the individual circumstances of the matter and the amount of work we are required to undertake on your behalf.
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, prices will be at the high end.
Also, costs will be lower if there is a valid Will, no more than one property, no more than two bank or building society accounts, one or two beneficiaries, no disputes between beneficiaries, no claims against the estate, no Inheritance Tax payable. The executors do not need to submit a full account of the estate to H.M. Revenue & Customs.
Costs are likely to be higher if there is no Will if the estate holds any stocks and shares, if there are any foreign assets, or if Inheritance Tax is payable.
Disbursements and Other Costs (Additional Expenses)
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
You will be provided with a complete list of disbursements in our formal quotation. If you need to incur any further disbursements during your case, you will be notified in advance of the reason and the amount.
Typical Disbursements Will Include: –
- Probate application fee of *£155 Inc. VAT with £1.50 Inc. VAT per office copy of the grant
- Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)
- Placing Section 27 Trustee Act Notices in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors. From £100+VAT (£120.00 Inc. VAT)
- A newspaper close to where the deceased lived – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims. From £150 – £200+VAT (£180.00 – £240 Inc. VAT)
- Electronic money transfer, £25.00 (inc. VAT)
- *This fee is £215 if an individual makes the probate application
How Long Will This Take?
On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6 – 12 months.
Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes two months – Due to delays at the probate registry, currently, it is taking up to 2 to 3 months for a grant of probate to be issued by the Court from the point the papers are lodged with them.
Typically, collecting assets which then follows, can take about three months. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which usually takes around six months.
Stages Of The Process
The precise stages involved in uncontested probate vary according to the circumstances. We have set out the key stages of a standard transaction: –
- Providing you with a dedicated and experienced probate solicitor to work on your matter.
- Undertaking regulatory checks.
- Identifying the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries.
- Accurately identify the type of Probate application you will require.
- Obtaining the relevant documents required to make the application.
- Completing the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms.
- Drafting the Legal Statement.
- Making the application to the Probate Court on your behalf.
- Obtaining the probate and any official copies needed.
- Collecting and distributing all assets in the estate.
Potential Additional Costs
Further potential costs may arise where: –
- If there is no will or the estate consists of any shareholdings (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 the will creates a Trust, there may be additional costs associated with setting up the Trust.
- Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is omitted. Please see our conveyancing fees or contact us for further information.
- Discovery of additional assets in the administration period
- Notice of any claim against the estate
- For dealing with the assent of property – from £500 plus £100 VAT (£600 in total)
- For preparing a Deed of Variation (if required) – from £500 plus £100 VAT (£600 in total)
The following fee earners handle Uncontested Probate matters:
Our Probate Team consists of our Kidderminster office of Lee Barton, Partner, Head of the Department and has overall supervision, Paul Rowley Associate and Legal Executive, and our Stourport office, Sharon Rowley Legal Executive and Rebecca Randle, Associate Solicitor. Details of their background and experience are available in the “Our Team “section.
If you have any questions relating to our services and our fees, please contact us today.