Probate

When someone dies, especially without making a Will, family members can very easily become involved in disputes and sometimes parties can become involved in positions where it may not be possible for them to resolve their differences without specialist legal help and therefore it could lead to disastrous results. That is why we believe it is essential to obtain specialist advice as soon as the possibility of a dispute arises. At Makka Solicitors Ltd we have the expertise to resolve any possible disputes swiftly and effectively either with or without litigation. Our probate work is undertaken by qualified solicitors who are experienced in this area of law.
Even if there is no possibility of any disputes, when someone close to you has died, we can provide clear and thorough advice and assistance in administering the deceased’s estate. With our experience, we can guide you through what can be a difficult and burdensome task.
If the estate is liable to inheritance tax, then depending on the family circumstances of the deceased, inheritance tax planning can be carried out within two years of death to mitigate or avoid the tax liability altogether.
We aim to provide a timely and efficient service with dedication and commitment. In certain circumstances, we will be willing for our fee to be paid upon the distribution of assets. If you want us to deal with your Wills and probate related matters we can deal with it either on a fixed fee or hourly basis.

Fixed Fee Probate

How much does this service cost?

TOTAL: a fixed fee of £1364 (incl. VAT) plus additional disbursement
This includes: obtaining the grant, collecting assets and distributing them.

Breakdown of costs:

Legal fees £1000
VAT on legal fees £200

Disbursements (£ in total):

  • Probate court fee of £155.
  • £5 and £2 Swearing of the oath (per executor).
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary).
  • £100 Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.
  • £100 Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims.

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 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
  • Obtain the relevant documents required to make the application
  • Complete the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms (excluding Taxable sate)
  • Draft a legal oath for you to swear
  • 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

How long will this take?
On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6-36 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 2-3 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 4-6 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 4-6 weeks.

Hourly Basis Probate Fee

We anticipate this will take between 8 and 40 hours work at £250 per hour. Total costs estimated at -£2000-10000 (+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
  • There is no more than one property
  • There are no more than 3 bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are 1-5 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 full account to HMRC
  • There are no claims made against the estate

Disbursements included in this fee:

  • Probate application fee of £155
  • £5 plus £2 Swearing of the oath (per executor)
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)
  • £100 Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.
  • £100 Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims.

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 50 pence (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 6-36 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 2-3 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 4-6 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 4-6 weeks.

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