Estate & Probate
Sharing the burden after a death
When someone dies, an executor or administrator deals with their estate. This might mean anything from selling a house and distributing the proceeds to paying debts and inheritance tax. It may also be necessary to obtain a Grant of Probate. When you’re also experiencing the emotional upheaval of bereavement this can seem complex and daunting.
As solicitors with experience of all aspects of probate and estate administration, we can remove the burden from you, completing the legalities and paperwork quickly and efficiently, taking care of everything on your behalf.
We will collect money owed, sell or transfer assets, deal with possessions, pay inheritance tax, settle other debts and distribute the remainder of the estate so everything is managed to the very highest professional standards.
Some clients choose to name us in their will as an executor or joint executor. It is something we are happy to do to give added peace of mind.
Our Fixed Fee Probate Service
Traditionally, solicitors have charged on a time basis according to hourly rates for the time spent dealing with the administration of an estate and in addition many also make a charge – known as the value element – based on a percentage of the value of the estate. Banks are known to charge significantly more - typically a flat fee of 4% of the gross value of the estate. There are also other non legal firms offering probate services and may appear cheaper than solicitors but we pride ourselves on our quality of service in this field and at a difficult time, it is important that you can rely on your advisers. Every single member of our team has extensive experience in dealing with administration of estates.
We are able to offer a fixed fee for our probate services. This will give you peace of mind knowing at the outset what our costs will be. Please also see our Probate Guide for further information on why a Grant is required and what the process involves.
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