Probate and Estate Administration
When someone dies, there are a number of important tasks that need to be completed. If the
person died leaving a valid Will, then the named Executors take on this responsibility. In the
absence of a valid Will, the person is said to have died “Intestate” and the Intestacy Rules
determine who can be appointed as the Administrators of the estate.
The role of Executor or Administrator can be an onerous one. The deceased’s estate may
involve valuable or complex matters and an Executor or Administrator is personally liable for
administering the estate correctly.
Applying for Probate (if a person dies with a Will) or Administration (if a person dies without a
Will) can become a strenuous task particularly at a time of losing a loved one. That’s why when
you first contact us we will help you identify which service is required and offer you full advice so
that it eases the burden of dealing with legal matters.
Assisting families through the probate process necessarily involves investigating all aspects of a
person’s life. Our probate services can be tailored to your needs and may include:
● Initial advice following a bereavement.
● Identifying the deceased’s assets and liabilities.
● Applying for Grants of Probate/Administration.
● Drafting the relevant HM Revenue & Customs inheritance tax account to claim all relevant
tax reliefs and distributing the estate and accounting to each beneficiary.
Probate is the name given to describe the legal procedure to implement a person's Will or
administer their estate. If you leave a Will, your executors may apply for a Grant of Probate. If
you do not leave a Will, the person entitled to deal with your estate may need to apply for a
Grant of Letters of Administration. The Grant will then allow you to administer the deceased's estate.
How much are Probate Court fees?
When a solicitor applies for a Grant of Probate on your behalf, the Probate court fees are £155
per application. These fees are higher (£215) when applicants deal directly with the Probate
Registry, without using a solicitor.Extra copies of the Grant of Probate can be purchased for 50p each.
How much does it cost to apply for probate?
Our Grant only service can be a cost-effective way to obtain a Grant of Probate for a simple
estate. Using this service, we will draft a Grant of Probate (or Grant of Letters of Administration)
using information provided by the family. The Grant only service is only available where no
inheritance tax is due. The family will then be responsible for dealing with the estate once the
Grant has been received.
Our full estate administration service will provide you with expertise throughout the entire
Probate process. This could include:
● Providing initial advice
● Gathering the necessary evidence needed for the Probate application
● Applying for the Grant of Representation
● Collecting in the estate assets
● Paying tax, liabilities and legacies
● Dealing with HMRC negotiations
● Preparation of full estate accounts and tax returns
● Distributing the residue of the estate to the entitled beneficiaries.
Our fees for this will vary depending upon the terms of the Will (or if the deceased died intestate), the size and complexity of the estate and the type of assets involved. In either case, before undertaking any work, we will meet with you to review the Will and discuss the estate.
We will then give you a fees estimate – which is a range of costs that we believe we could incur when dealing with the estate. If applicable to the circumstances, we will attempt to provide a fixed fee quote so you know the cost exactly before instructing us.