Coping with the death of a loved one can be very stressful and emotional and the legal side of dealing with a death can often be confusing and overwhelming. We offer compassionate advice from our experienced legal team to help make a difficult situation easier on you and your loved ones.
Where there is a Will in existence the Executors will need to apply for the Grant of Probate which will give them the right to administer the Estate. If there is no Will or an invalid Will or where the Will does not specify an Executor, an Administrator will need to be appointed.
Our experienced team can assist you with every aspect of the probate process to reduce the burden and will advise on the key decisions which need to be made. We will give you a clear time frame of how long probate should take and will keep you and any beneficiaries advised throughout.
An average probate matter will take between 3 and 12 months. The Grant of Probate can generally be obtained in 3 to 6 months followed by the collection of assets and the distribution of the Estate, which can take between 4 and 12 months.
With each transaction there are milestones that we need to reach. These are generally, but may vary:
Application for the Grant of Probate;
Obtaining the Grant of Probate;
The settling of liabilities;
Collecting monies for distribution;
Distributing the funds;
Drafting Estate Accounts.
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. For example this quote is for Estates where:
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties. Disbursements included in this fee:
Potential additional costs
Probate – Fixed Fee Arrangement for Grant of Probate Only
We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf. We will also undertake the collecting and distributing of assets.
As part of our fixed fee we will:
Breakdown of costs:
The cost of selling or transferring a property is not included in the prices quoted. If you require this service please let us know and we will let you have a relevant quotation.
Our Probate Team
Our team has many years of collective experience in all matters relating to Wills and Estate administration with expertise in high value Estates and Inheritance Tax matters
We have two members of the team who may work on your matter. Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by Liz Dumbleton, Senior Partner and Head of Probate and Estate Administration.
Liz Dumbleton is the Head of Probate and Estate Administration. Liz qualified as a Solicitor in 1999 and has worked in many areas of law. Liz specialises in family matters as well as probate and Estate management and supervises all other members of the team. Contact Liz on 01580 890600/01424 420261
Amanda Platten has worked in law since 2002. She is a Senior Probate Executive, specialising in probate and Estate management with over six years of relevant experience and is particularly skilled at dealing with complex Estate matters.
All members of staff in the Probate department are supervised by Liz Dumbleton. Liz is the firm's Senior Partner.
All clients will be required to pay an onboarding fee of £15.00 plus VAT where we are acting for a sole client and £25.00 plus VAT where acting for joint clients.
If your transaction requires us to send money to you by Telegraphic Transfer, you will be charged £36.00 plus VAT to do so.
It would not normally be necessary to undertake other work or incur other costs other than those described above. However, we would be very happy to provide you with a more tailored quote for all stages of your particular case once we know about your specific circumstances.
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