Probate – obtaining a grant of probate only (fixed fee) We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf. The executors will remain responsible for collecting the assets, finalising any tax due, payment of all liabilities, and distribution to the beneficiaries

What we will do:

  • Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate solicitor/chartered legal executive to work on your matter;
  • Identify the legally appointed executors or administrators;
  • 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 securely send two sealed copies to you

How much does this service cost?

A total fee of £823 (including VAT and additional third party costs)

Breakdown of costs:

Legal fees   £550.00
VAT on legal fees   £110.00
Probate Court application fee£155.00   
Plus £1.50 for each sealed copy grant (we suggest obtaining at least 2)   £3.00
Total   £823.00

On average, this type of matter is dealt with within 1-3 months. It may be faster or slower depending on the circumstances. Typically, once the application is made to the Probate Court, obtaining the grant of probate takes 4-6 weeks.

Probate – full administration (small estate)

What we will do we will handle the full process for you. This estimate is for estates where:

  • There is a valid will
  • There are no more than 2 bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other assets
  • There are no more than 2 beneficiaries
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets
  • 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

How much will this service cost?

We anticipate this will take between 4 and 5 hours work at £190 per hour. Total fees are therefore estimated at between £912.00 – £1140.00. These figures include VAT calculated at 20%.

However, the exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter.

Any additional costs (those paid to third parties) may include:

  • Probate application fee of £155.00 (plus £0.50 for each sealed copy of the grant)
  • Bankruptcy searches at £2 per beneficiary
  • Search of the title register at the Land Registry at £3 per title

Potential additional costs:

  • If there is no will or the estate consists of any shareholdings (stocks and bonds) there is 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 estimate once we have more information.
  • If there is a property to be sold, the costs of transferring the property to the new owners will be additional.
  • If any additional copies of the grant are required, they will cost £1.50 each.
  • Statutory advertisements pursuant to section 27 of the Trustee Act 1925 will be additional. The cost of this will depend upon exactly what advertisements are required.
  • If beneficiaries are missing and need to be traced there will be an additional cost to the estate.
  • Disputes between beneficiaries are likely to lead to an increase in costs.

How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 2-3 months. We are unable to say exactly how long it will take to gather the information necessary to allow us to apply for the Grant of Probate as this is largely dependent upon other organisations providing that information to us. Typically, we would expect to have received all of the necessary information within 4-6 weeks.

Once we are in a position to make the application for the grant of probate, the application will usually take 2-3 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 2-3 weeks. Any estate liabilities will then need to be paid and, once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 1-2 weeks.

Some types of assets mean that the estate administration will take longer, for example if the estate contains a property that needs to be sold.

Our expertise

Our highly trained and experienced Wills, Trusts & Probate team are on hand to assist you, include the following individuals:

Wendy Mustard – Solicitor & Head of Wills, Trusts & Probate

Wendy achieved an LL.B. (Hons) degree in Law and a post graduate diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Northumbria obtaining distinctions in employment law, jurisprudence, business law and practice, solicitors’ accounts and advanced insolvency.

Wendy started working in the area of Wills, Trusts & Probatein 2010 at a large regional law firm in Newcastle upon Tyne and is now a qualified solicitor.  Wendy joined the team at Richard Reed in early 2015 and was appointed the Head of the Department in January 2018.

Wendy advises clients on all aspects of Private Client work and has experience helping clients with their wills, succession planning and enduring and lasting powers of attorney.  Wendy has dealt with a wide variety of estates, including those liable to Inheritance Tax, intestate estates (where the deceased did not leave a will) and advising beneficiaries about varying their entitlement under a Deed of Variation.

Wendy is a technician member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), an affiliate member of Solicitors for the Elderly and a Dementia Friend.

Wendy Mustard is supervised by Sarah Reid who is a Solicitor and Director of the firm.

Julie Duncan – Solicitor

Julie is a solicitor in our Wills, Trusts & Probate department and has over 17 years experience specialising in administration of estates after death, Wills, Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection work joining Richard Reed in early 2016 having spent 15 years at a regional law firm in Newcastle.

Julie has considerable experience in helping clients to get their personal affairs in order including the preparation of Wills, Succession and Inheritance tax planning and also advising on Lasting Powers of Attorney and with regard to Court of Protection work.

She has dealt with a wide range of deceased’ estates including large taxable estates and intestacies.

Julie Duncan is supervised by Wendy Mustard who is a Solicitor and Head of Department.

Annaliese Barber

Annaliese joined Richard Reed in July 2020 and is a Solicitor & Notary Public within our Wills, Trusts & Probate Department.

Having qualified as a Solicitor in April 2002, Annaliese has vast experience in all aspects of Private Client law including:

The preparation of Wills : Either of a straightforward or complex nature, such as dealing with Wills for couples on second/subsequent marriages and for high net worth individuals.

Administration of Estates : Annaliese is on hand to handle the whole process of dealing with the administration of an estate of a deceased loved one.  She has experience of dealing with both lower value and high net worth estates, a recent example of the latter being two estates that were worth circa £1.2 and £1.3 million. Her role in dealing with estate administration also includes completing Inheritance Tax returns, giving advice on Deeds of Variation and preparing documents for submission to the Probate Registry.

Powers of Attorney: Giving advice on Lasting Powers of Attorney such as their creation and use whilst also objecting to and revoking others. Annaliese also provides assistance around General Powers of Attorney and registration of Enduring Powers of Attorney.

Court of Protection: Applying for Deputyship and dealing with the administration of a full range of Deputyships for professional Deputies, dealing with the Court Visitor, application for new Trustees, application for statutory Wills and dealing with contested Statutory Will applications.

As a dual qualified Solicitor and Notary Public, Annaliese is able to assist either individuals or businesses that seek the authentication and certification of signatures, authority and capacity, particularly relating to documents for use abroad.

During the course of carrying out her Notarial work, Annaliese is regulated through the office of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Annaliese is also a member of the following organisations:

  1. Law Society
  2. Notaries Society
  3. Full Member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE)
  4. Full Member of The Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP)
  5. Associate Member of the Professional Deputies Forum
  6. Trustee of Alice House Hospice, Hartlepool

Annaliese Barber is supervised by Wendy Mustard who is a Solicitor and Head of Department.

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