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Probate Pricing and Service Information

Private Client Solicitors in Salisbury & Chippenham

The term ‘probate’ will be familiar to many people as part of dealing with someone’s estate after a death. The work we are asked to carry out on behalf of a client can differ between simply obtaining the Grant of Probate to dealing with the full estate administration. The fee that is charged will differ based on the instruction given.

Grant Application only – where there is no Inheritance tax to pay and the value of the estate is under £325,000

This will mean that we will complete the inheritance tax return and Statement of Truth for Personal representatives that are required in order to obtain the Grant of Representation. We will correspond with the Probate Registry and arrange for the Grant of Representation to be issued. When the Grant arrives the client deals with the remaining aspects of the estate administration (e.g. closing bank accounts, dealing with any property that needs to be sold and settling any liabilities).

Our fee:                       £750 plus VAT

Disbursements:            £155 Probate Registry fee for the main Grant of Probate (plus 50p per additional copy)

‘Disbursements’ are costs or expenses that paid to other parties either by you or by us on your behalf

Grant Application only – where there is no Inheritance tax to pay and the value of the estate is over £325,000 and under £1,000,000

We will complete the inheritance tax return and apply for the additional inheritance tax allowances available to the estate and prepare the Statement of Truth for Personal representatives that are required in order to obtain the Grant of Representation. We will correspond with the Probate Registry and arrange for the Grant of Representation to be issued. When the Grant arrives the client deals with the remaining aspects of the estate administration (e.g. closing bank accounts, dealing with any property that needs to be sold and settling any liabilities).

Our fee:                      £995 plus VAT

Disbursements:           £155 Probate Registry fee for the main Grant of Probate (plus £1.50 per additional copy)

‘Disbursements’ are costs or expenses that paid to other parties either by you or by us on your behalf

Dealing with the estate administration

If instructed to deal with the full estate administration we will carry out the following:

  • Notify banks, building societies, investment companies and all asset holders at the date of death
  • Complete a valuation of the estate listing the assets and liabilities in the estate at the date of death
  • Submit the inheritance tax return and Statement of Truth to the Probate Registry to obtain the Grant of Representation
  • Calculate the inheritance tax liability (if applicable) and arrange for the tax to be paid
  • Following the Grant of Representation being issued we will arrange for accounts and investments to be closed
  • When funds are available we will settle outstanding liabilities and make interim distributions to beneficiaries
  • If there is a property in the estate we will ensure that after the property sale all final utility bills are paid
  • When we are certain that all assets have been collected and liabilities paid we will complete final Estate Accounts for the executors to approve. When the accounts have been approved we will make final distributions to the beneficiaries

Our fees for carrying out full estate administration are calculated on a time recorded basis and will depend on aspects such as the number of assets in an estate or the number of beneficiaries in the Will. There follows a couple of examples of recent matters we have dealt with which we hope will give an idea of fees involved.   Time is charged based on the hourly rate of the person carrying out the work; these hourly rates will generally be £275 plus VAT.

In matters involving a substantial financial value or benefit to a client a charge reflecting the size of the estate or the value of the financial benefit to the client or beneficiary may be considered. The value element reflects the importance of the transaction and the consequent responsibility falling upon the firm. In calculating the value element we take into account the guidelines laid down by the Law Society and where a solicitor is appointed as the sole Executor or as a joint Executor of the Will, the value element is as follows:-

  • 0.75% of the value of the property where the deceased owned it in the deceased’s sole name; or 0.75% of the value of the share in the property owned by the deceased if the same was own jointly with another person;
  • 1.5% of the value of the rest of the Estate.

Where there are lay executors, the value element is as follows:-

  • 0.5% of the value of the property where the deceased owned it in the deceased’s sole name or 0.5% of the value of the share in the property owned by the deceased if the same was own jointly with another person;
  • 1% of the value of the rest of the Estate. 

 

CASE STUDY 1

Assets in the estate included a property, three investments and three bank accounts. The Will included legacies (gifts of set sum of money) to three individuals and the estate was divided between two main beneficiaries.

Fees: £4000 – £5000 plus VAT

NB: Please note that the fees for dealing with the sale of the property are in addition to the fee for estate administration

Disbursements: £155 Probate Registry fee for the main Grant of Probate (plus £1.50 per additional copy)

‘Disbursements’ are costs or expenses that paid to other parties either by you or by us on your behalf

CASE STUDY 2

Assets in the estate included five accounts and no property. The Will included legacies to eighteen individuals and four main beneficiaries.

Fees: £3500 – £4500 plus VAT

Disbursements: £155 Probate Registry fee for the main Grant of Probate (plus £1.50 per additional copy)

‘Disbursements’ are costs or expenses that paid to other parties either by you or by us on your behalf

Who will carry out the work for me?

Our Private Client team is made up of Solicitors each with over 12 years post qualification experience who are supported by two secretaries. More details about our team can be found here.

Susan Atkinson
Solicitor
Rachel Wilson
Solicitor
Dawn Humphries
Legal Secretary

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Salisbury Office:

01722 411 141

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01249 472 444