When someone dies it can be a very challenging time for family and friends, and it can be overwhelming trying to work out what needs to be done to finalise their affairs. Our team of specialist probate solicitors are experts in all aspects of estate administration and can guide you through the process from beginning to end.
What is Probate?
A Grant of Probate (or Letters of Administration in some situations) is a court sealed document that gives the person named on it the legal authority to deal with the assets of the person who has died.
How do I apply for a Grant?
The first stage of the estate process is to identify all the assets and liabilities of the person who has died and have them valued. The executors must then complete an inheritance tax return and arrange to pay any inheritance tax due on the estate. The application for the Grant can then be filed with the Probate Registry who will issue the Grant. Once the Grant is obtained the executors can collect in all the assets and distribute the estate to the beneficiaries.
How long does probate take?
Administering an estate can be a lengthy process as there are often a lot of different parties involved in the process, including banks and other financial institutions, the DWP, HMRC, and the Probate Registry. Even a very straightforward estate can often take around a year to administer and if there are any complicating factors it can take several years to finalise the estate completely.
How can we help?
Our expert probate solicitors are here to guide you through each stage of the process and we can deal with all of the work for you. Our team are experts in all aspects of the administration, including complex taxation, and are used to dealing with all sorts of estates ranging from straightforward non-taxable estates to very complex high value estates with assets in other countries. Whatever the circumstances, our team will endeavour to make the process as swift and stress free as possible for you.
At Hepburn Delaney, we only charge for the time taken to administer an estate, and we do not base our fees on the value of the estate. Managing the estate of a loved one is a very personal process and every estate is individual. To help you understand the costs involved, we have provided a guide to our Probate pricing for a simple estate.
We tailor each case to you and we can undertake as much or as little of the work as you would like us to. The prices shown are therefore only intended to provide an estimated guideline and you should contact us directly to discuss your specific requirements if you would like assistance with an estate matter. We always recommend arranging a meeting with Sumaiya, our specialist inheritance solicitor, to discuss the estate. She can provide you with a detailed estimate of costs and a meeting also provides an opportunity to learn more about us.
Get in touch with our specialist probate solicitors
To contact us, please:
Call us on 01442 218090
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Fill out our enquiry form and speak to one of our Inheritance Solicitors today.
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“From the very first contact with Sumaiya, I felt confident she was the right person to help us prepare our wills. At our first meeting she explained our options clearly and professionally answering all our questions and providing all the information we needed to make a decision on the best way to proceed. Subsequent communication was clear and timely, and she helped make the whole process very easy for us. We would have no hesitation in contacting Sumaiya for any future matters or recommending her to friends or family”
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