Probate

When someone dies, especially without making a Will, family members can very easily become involved in disputes. 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 mainly work on a fixed fee basis in probate matters. Our fees are dependent on the nature and complication of the matter. Our standard fee to obtain the grant, collecting assets and distributing them is £2,500.00 plus 2.5% of the Estate value plus VAT and disbursement. 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. If there is a dispute among family members and we agree to charge on an hourly basis, our standard hourly rates are as follows:-

Solicitor Grade

Hourly Rates

A – Solicitors and legal executives with over 8 years’ experience

£350.00

B – Solicitors and legal executives with over 4 years’ experience

£300.00

C- Other solicitors or legal executives and fee earners with 1 to 4 years’ experience

£250.00

D – Trainee solicitors, paralegals and other fee earners

£180.00

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