Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets

Full administration of Estate

We anticipate this will take between 10and 20 hours work at £245 per hour plus VAT for Tricia Longmore and £195 plus VAT for Cara Sandillon-Charlton. Total costs estimated at £2,450 - £4,900 (+VAT) for Tricia Longmore and £1,950 - £3,900 (+VAT) for Cara Sandillon-Charlton.

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. This quote is for estates where:

  • There is a valid will
  • There is no more than one property
  • There are no more than 5 bank or building society accounts with different institutions
  • There are 1-3 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
  • The executor is not a partner in the firm

Disbursements not included in this fee:

  • Probate application fee of £155, any additional copies of the grant cost 50p each (1 per asset usually).
  • £7 Swearing of the oath (per executor)
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)
  • £70-80 + VAT - Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.
  • £90-100 + VAT - 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 are 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 the executor is a partner of this firm there will be additional costs, we will give you a more accurate quote once we have more information.
  • 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 6-12 months (depending on whether Trustee Notices are placed (2 months) and whether the executors protect themselves from claims from unknown beneficiaries (6 months from the date the Grant of Probate is issued). Typically, obtaining the Grant of Probate takes 8-12 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.

Applying for Grant only

Probate

We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf. We can also undertake the collecting and distributing of assets for an additional fixed fee.

How much does this service cost?

TOTAL: fixed fee of £650 + VAT - No Inheritance tax payable/simple estate (IHT205)

            Fixed fee of £900 + VAT – IHT chargeable or more complex estate (IHT400)

This includes: preparing the paperwork in order to obtain the grant.

Breakdown of costs:

Legal fees - £650 (simple estate) or £900 (more complex estate)

VAT on legal fees - £130 (simple estate) or £180 (more complex estate)

Disbursements:

  • Probate application fee of £155, any additional copies of the grant cost 50p each (1 per asset usually)
  • £7 Swearing of the oath (per executor).
  • £70-80 + VAT - Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.
  • £90-100 + VAT - 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.

As part of our fixed fee we will:

  • Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate solicitor to work on your matter
  • Identify the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries
  • Accurately identify the type of Probate application you will require
  • 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 send copies to you

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 1-2 months. Typically, obtaining the Grant of Probate from the Probate Registry takes 3-4 weeks.

For an additional fee, we can also collect and distribute all assets in the estate which can take between 4-6 weeks.

Our team

Our team has over 15 years of collective experience in delivering high quality work in all matters relating to wills and estate administration.

The team deal with a range of estates from simple estates to more complex and high value estates. In addition to probate and the administration of estates, the team also advises on all aspects of Private Client work including  Court of Protection matters, Powers of Attorney, trusts and Wills.

We have two member of the team who will work on your matter.  Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by Tricia Longmore who is the Head of the Wills, Trusts and Probate team.

Tricia Longmore – Head of Department

Tricia is the head of our team and has over 12 years' experience in private client work, specialising in wills and probate. Tricia has been working in this area since before she qualified and has helped many families and individuals.

After graduating from Southampton Institute with an Upper Class Second-Class Honours Degree (2:1) in Law, Tricia went on to study the Legal Practice Course at Guildford College of Law attaining a pass with distinction.

Tricia qualified as a solicitor in 2009 after completing her training contract at Dobsons and joined our firm in 2013. She became Head of Department in 2017.

Tricia is STEP qualified and an associate member of Solicitors for the Elderly.

Cara Sandillon-Charlton – solicitor

Cara qualified as a solicitor in 2015. She attended the University of Westminster and gained an Upper Class Second-Class Honours Degree (2:1) in Law and completed the Legal Practice Course with commendation.

She completed her training contract at Huggins & Lewis Foskett and has been working in probate since she qualified. Cara joined the team at Large & Gibson in 2017.  She is currently studying towards the STEP diploma.

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