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Probate cases can be complex and vary greatly. We may agree to charge a fixed fee in your case. 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. The time it takes to complete the work on a Probate matter vary greatly depending in the complexity and size of the estate On average it will take around 3-4 months for an estate administration to be finalised with the exception of any house sale which will be dependent on a buyer being found and matters running through to completion in a timely fashion.
Example In a simple* case with an estate worth around £200,000 with 3-5 bank accounts, a small investment fund, a property to sell and 1-4 beneficiaries, we anticipate the following fees will apply:
Legal fees £3,000.00
As part of our fee we will:
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. In a Probate matter the following disbursements are likely to apply:
£156.00 Probate application fee
£2.00 Per beneficiary Bankruptcy/Land Charges search
£281.00 Posting Trustee Act notices in The London Gazette and in a local Newspaper –protects against unexpected claims
Potential additional costs
On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6 to 12 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 12 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 2 to 8 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes around 2 to 4 weeks. *Assumptions:
We also charge by the hour for probate cases if you would prefer, visit our fees page for more information.
Probate work will be undertaken by our probate team displayed below, all team members are supervised by Cliff Veitch.
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