Dealing with someone’s estate when they pass away can be a daunting task. Even if you are the executor named in a Will, it doesn’t mean you need to do it without help and assistance from a solicitor.

We can assist you with all aspects of probate and estates arising in England and Wales. The typical work involved includes valuing the estate’s assets and debts, preparing an inheritance tax form, drafting an oath, applying for a Grant of Probate / Letters of Administration, discharging any debts and then distributing the estate in accordance with the Will or the intestacy provisions (whichever is applicable). Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax advice or calculations are not included within our probate service as this is generally a matter for accountants.

Probate work is usually carried out at the hourly rate of £161.00 + VAT per hour with standard letters out and telephone calls being charged at £16.10 + VAT each. Unlike many solicitors practices we do not take a percentage of the estate, we merely charge for the work we have carried out.

Basic costs very much depends on the work involved, size of the estate and number of parties involved. Where premises need to be sold, pensions and bank account need to be dealt with it would not be uncommon for probate fees to amount to £3,500.00 – £5,000.00 + VAT and disbursements. Any conveyancing costs in respect of property belonging to the estate will be charged in addition to the probate fees.

In certain circumstances where the estate concerned is small and straightforward we will be prepared to offer a fixed fee. You should contact Glassbrooks to discuss this further.

Disbursements:

Disbursements are the financial outlays you have in addition to the solicitors fee when a probate matter is dealt with, these fees will be the same whether you deal with probate yourself or instruct a solicitor.

Below is a guide to what you might expect to pay by way of disbursements. This is merely a guide and you should be aware that other disbursements can be incurred:

Probate Fees £180 approx
Oath Fees £15.00 approx
HMLR fees £15.00 approx
Trustee Act Notice £200.00 approx
Inheritance Tax: Variable – subject to calculation
Indemnity Policies: Variable – subject to the type of policy and obtaining a quote

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