Our popular bulletins and events will keep you abreast of the latest legal developments.

Our annual keynote seminar was held on Tuesday, 18 June 2019 at the Vale Resort. Speakers included Simon Evans, Peter Bennett, Amanda Evans and guest speaker, Steven Ford QC.

This edition considers a highway tripping claim where a focused defence overcame the Claimant’s attempts to overcomplicate the matter and case summaries relating to fixed costs and the admissibility of covert recording evidence.

This edition considers recent case-law regarding fundamental dishonesty, the meaning of ‘use of vehicle’ and apportioning liability for speeding.

Our annual keynote seminar was held on Tuesday, 18 June 2019 at the Vale Resort. Simon Evans considered the impact of the Civil Liability Act 2018, Peter Bennett provided a regulatory update and Amanda Evans and guest speaker, Steven Ford QC, discussed recent developments following CN v Poole BC [2019] UKSC 25.

Our monthly review of developments in the insurance and public sector. This edition considers a highway tripping claim where a focused defence overcame the Claimant’s attempts to overcomplicate the matter and case summaries relating to the fixed costs regime and the admissibility of covert recordings as evidence.

This edition considers recent case-law regarding fundamental dishonesty, the necessity for bespoke life expectancy evidence, the meaning of ‘use of vehicle’ where a vehicle had been parked in a private garage which caught fire and apportioning liability for speeding.

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Probate – Pricing and Services Information

Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets

 

We anticipate this will take between 10 and 20 hours work at £155.00 per hour. Total costs estimated at £1,550.00 to £3,100.00 (+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, 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 8 bank or building society accounts

  • There are no other intangible assets

  • There are 5 - 10 beneficiaries

  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on 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 £155.00

  • £7.00 Swearing of the oath (per executor)

  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2.00 per beneficiary)

  • £150.00 Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.

  • £100.00 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 £0.50 (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 – 9 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 6 - 12 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 2 - 3 weeks. 
 
In the administration of estates and in transactions involving a substantial financial consideration or benefit to the client, fees may be calculated both by reference to the time spent and also by reference to a value element based on e.g. the price of the property, the size of the estate or the value of the financial benefit. The value element reflects the importance of the transaction and the resultant risk and responsibility falling on the firm.
 
Probate

We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf. 

How much does this service cost?

TOTAL: fixed fee of £700.00 (plus VAT and disbursements). 

This includes: preparing the inheritance tax submission and obtaining the grant.

Breakdown of costs:

Legal fees £700.00

VAT on legal fees £140.00

Disbursements (£164.50 in total):

  • Probate court fee of £157.50.

  • £7.00 Swearing of the oath (per executor).

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 lawyer 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

  • Draft a legal oath for you to swear

  • Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf

  • Obtain the Probate and securely send five copies to you

 
Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 6 - 8 weeks.