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The loss of a loved one or friend can be a very difficult time. Your focus is on coping with your loss and arranging the funeral.

The collection and distribution of money, property and other assets belonging to a person following their death, where these are within the UK and the matters are not contested;

  • An average charge for this work would be £2,500-£4,500 plus VAT.
  • This estimate is just an average price based on recent instructions; the actual cost to you will depend on a number of factors which we will discuss with you if you decide to instruct us.
  • The charge is based on our average hourly charging-rate of £185 per hour plus VAT. We reserve the right to charge a percentage uplift based on the value of the estate, which would be additional to the hourly time charge. This additional percentage charge is in line with Law Society costs guidelines.
  • There will be costs on top of our fees, known as disbursements. These are fees and charges we will need to pay on your behalf as part of the process, such as Probate Registry fees, oath
    swearing fees, creditor advertisements etc.
  • Probate registry fees are £155, oath swearing fees £7, bankruptcy searches per beneficiary £2, AML verification admin fee is £12 per person and Trustee Act notices around £185
    including VAT where relevant.

Our costs are based on the assumption that the estate is relatively simple, all based in the UK and that there are few, if any, assets that would complicate the process or lengthen our
time estimates.

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We understand the stress and emotion surrounding a recent bereavement.

The work we will carry out will involve:

  •  Ascertain the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries.
  • Applying for a grant of probate or letters of administration, including preparing HMRC forms (approximately 3-4 weeks from receiving initial asset information)
  • Obtaining the Grant of Probate and securely providing copies to you (approximately 2-3 months from receiving initial details of the estate assets)
  • Ascertaining and collecting in the assets comprised in the estate (approximately one month after receiving the Grant of Probate)
  • Ascertaining and paying any liabilities on the estate (approximately 2-3 weeks thereafter)
  • Deciding upon and executing distributions of the estate in accordance with the will or intestacy rules (approximately one month thereafter)
  • Obviously, our fees do not include any external costs and charges that we may incur as part of the administration (e.g. tax, penalties, repayable benefits, fees and charges). You will also
    be responsible for these items on behalf of the estate.

We would stress that the average costs and timescales outlined above apply to relatively simple estates (with UK only assets), which are not liable for inheritance tax.
We regularly deal with estates containing foreign (non UK based) assets. As those estates can be complex and time intensive we cannot provide you with an initial costs estimate and
timescales for completing the work until we know what the assets are and where they are
based.

PLEASE NOTE

  • We can also help you with:
  • Wills & Estate Planning
  • Powers of Attorney & Mental Capacity
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Tax Advisory
  • Inheritance & Trust Disputes

Meet the team

https://www.kitsons-solicitors.co.uk/service/probate/

Your probate and private client team are...

Daniel HarrisonParalegal

Daniel is a Paralegal in our Private Client team.

Kitsons Solicitors - Stacey Easterbrook

Stacey EasterbrookLegal Secretary

Stacey is a Legal Secretary in our Private Client team

Kitsons Solicitors - Jonathan Dickson

Jonathan DicksonPartner

Jonathan is a Private Client Partner, Taxation Technician & Chartered Tax Advisor

Kitsons Solicitors - Charlie Siegle

Charlie SieglePartner

Charlie is a Partner and Head of our Private Client team in Exeter

Kitsons Solicitors - Lynn Smith

Lynn SmithPartner

Lynn is a Partner and Head of our Private Client team

Kitsons Solicitors - Marjorie Creek

Marjorie CreekPartner

Marjorie is an Partner in our Private Client team and previously a registered nurse

Kitsons Solicitors - Rebecca Farley

Rebecca FarleyAssociate

Rebecca Farley practices in probate, wills and estate & tax planning and powers of attorney

Kitsons Solicitors - Michelle Gilbert

Michelle GilbertChartered Legal Executive

Michelle is a Chartered Legal Executive in our Private Client team

Carly JefferySolicitor

Carly is a Solicitor in our Private Client team in Plymouth

Kitsons Solicitors - Tiffany Lait

Tiffany LaitParalegal

Tiffany is a Paralegal in our Private Client team

Kitsons Solicitors - Charlotte Maling

Charlotte MalingSolicitor

Charlotte is a Solicitor in our Private Client team

Kitsons Solicitors - Carole Nesbitt

Carole NesbittLegal Assistant

Carole is a Legal Assistant in our Private Client team

Kitsons Solicitors - Zoe Phillips

Zoe PhillipsLegal Assistant

Zoe is a Legal Assistant in our Private Client team

Kitsons Solicitors - Avril Simister

Avril SimisterTrainee Chartered Legal Executive

Avril is a Trainee Chartered Legal Executive in our Inheritance & Trust Disputes team

Kitsons Solicitors - Annette Dayman

Annette DaymanLegal Support Assistant

Annette is a Personal Assistant to Private Client Partner, Jonathan Dickson

Kitsons Solicitors - Catherine Faulkner

Catherine FaulknerPersonal Assistant

Catherine is a Personal Assistant to Partner and Head of Private Client, Lynn Smith

Kitsons Solicitors - Rachel Green

Rachel GreenLegal Secretary

Rachel is a Legal Secretary in our Private Client team

Kitsons Solicitors - Katie Potts

Katie PottsLegal Secretary

Katie is a Legal Secretary in our Private Client team

Kitsons Solicitors - Janet Savin

Janet SavinLegal Secretary

Janet is a Legal Secretary in our Private Client team

Kitsons Solicitors - Alison Williams

Alison WilliamsLegal Secretary

Alison is a Legal Secretary in our Private Client team

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