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    Our Legal Fees & Pricing

    At Hepburn Delaney our team are on hand to support you and make sure you’re provided with the help & information that you need at all times. We work hard to make sure that our legal pricing reflects that.

    We know that when it comes to handling legal situations, including those that cover Family Law & MediationChildren LawWills & Probate & Powers of Attorney, it can be difficult to know exactly what you need, and that’s where we step in.

    We understand that your needs may be complex and everchanging and we want to remain flexible in our pricing so that should your requirements change or take longer than expected we can continue to work with you every step of the way.

    If you would like to discuss pricing & fees across areas including divorce, family & mediation or power of attorney then speak to a member of our team to discuss your options and understand what fees may be applicable to your circumstances.

    Contact us on 01442 218090 or info@hepburndelaney.co.uk to find out more.

    Pricing for Probate services

    At Hepburn Delaney, we charge for the time taken to administer an estate, and we do not based 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 below. 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 Wills, Trust and Probate Solicitor, to discuss the estate.  Sumaiya can provide you with a detailed estimate of costs and a meeting also provides an opportunity to learn more about us.

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    • Email: info@hepburndelaney.co.uk
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    To help you understand the costs involved, we have provided a guide to our Probate pricing for a simple Estate below.  If we spend less time on your matter, we will charge you less than the estimates below.  For more complicated Estates where we spend more time, the cost will be more than the estimates below.

    Two key factors are whether you require us to undertake just the Probate application, or if you need us to carry out further work, such as paying bills and legacies and notifying third parties. Our fee will also be slightly more if the estate is subject to an Inheritance Tax payment. To find out if the Inheritance Tax applies, we recommend reading the HMRC Bereavement Guide.

    We also offer services for Wills and Trusts amongst our Probate department. Take a look at our service page for more information.

    Pricing & Legal Fees for Probate Services

    There are two services we offer for Probate:

    orangeleaf1 To apply for a  Grant.  This involves:

    • Advising you on the information which will be required to prepare the application
    • Using the information which you have collated and passed over to us to complete the necessary HRMC inheritance tax forms and other Grant application papers
    • Submitting the papers to HMRC and the Probate Registry and obtaining the Grant of Representation
    • Passing the copies of the Grant over to you so that you can complete the rest of the administration yourself.

    orangeleaf1 Full administration of the Estate, which would include collating all the necessary information,  obtaining the Grant of Representation, gathering in the assets of the estate, discharging any debts, dealing with any tax matters, and distributing the estate to the beneficiaries.  This involves:

    • Registering the death with all the asset holders and collating the necessary valuations;
    • Dealing with the HMRC and Probate Registry forms and making the application for the Grant;
    • Once the Grant is obtained, arranging for the encashment of the assets, including the release of funds from bank accounts, the sale of share and investments, the sale of any property etc. The funds would be collected into our client account, saving you the need to open a designated executors account with your bank;
    • Once all the assets have been collected, any debts and liabilities of the estate will be paid.
    • All the deceased’s tax matters will be finalised and any necessary tax returns filed. This will include finalising their inheritance tax income tax, and capital gains tax, if necessary;
    • We will also prepare a detailed set of Estate Accounts showing all the money which has been collected in and paid out on behalf of the estate and this will show each beneficiary how the share due to them has been calculated.
    • Once all the above matters have been dealt with, the final distribution of the estate can be made.

    If we assume all the paperwork is provided to Hepburn Delaney and;

    • There is a valid will
    • There is no more than one property
    • There are no more than 2 bank or building society accounts
    • There are no other intangible assets
    • There are 1 to 2 beneficiaries
    • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs
    • 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

    For the Grant only service, we anticipate this will take between 5 and 6 hours at £270 per hour. Total fee estimated at between £1,080 and £1,6200 + VAT.  This is an estimate and not a fixed fee.

    For a full administration service, we anticipate this will take between 10 and 12 hourat £270 per hour.  Total fee estimated between £2,700 – £3,240 + VAT to conclude the full administration of the estate.  This is an estimate and not a fixed fee.

    The above scenario is the most straight forward example of Probate we can give.

    However many probates are more involved. For example, the deceased may have held shares, premium bonds, investment funds, private pensions etc.   There are often a number of beneficiaries, or charitable gifts, and quite often a trust in the Will which adds a further layer of complication.  If the deceased made gifts during their lifetime then this will also give rise to another avenue of investigation, as all gifts must be disclosed on the application papers.

    Therefore, where there are any additional complicating factors then the costs will be more than those estimated above.  For estates where Hepburn Delaney find the deceased affairs are not known to others and we have to investigate all the assets and liabilities ourselves then the costs will also be higher.  As an example, Hepburn Delaney has recently completed a Probate where our tasks not only included establishing the extent of the estate, but also registering the deceased’s death, arranging the funeral/memorial service, house clearance, auction of valuables and arranging the sale of the property.  The cost to obtain grant of probate was £14,000 Plus VAT and disbursements with the full administration costs concluding at £20,000 plus VAT and disbursements.

    We can be flexible in our approach and can agree with you which elements of the estate administration we will carry out on your behalf, and which elements of the work you wish to do yourself in order to keep costs to a minimum.  Please therefore always contact us directly to obtain a specific estimate of our costs for dealing with your particular matter.

    Probate Disbursements

    In addition to our fees, the following disbursements are likely to be payable.  Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We manage the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

    • Probate application fee of £155 (plus £1.50 per extra copy)
    • Land Registry fees to check the title to any estate property – £3
    • Land Charges searches to check the bankruptcy status of beneficiaries prior to making distributions- £2 per beneficiary
    • Statutory notices in The London Gazette and a local newspaper which protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors – circa £250 (varies on the particular newspaper used)
    • Postage fees – we send all original documents by special delivery so they can be tracked and do not go missing in the post. This will incur a charge of approximately £7.50 for each letter required to be sent by special delivery.
    How long does probate take?

    If we are instructed just to assist you in obtaining the Grant, the timescales will depend very much on how quickly you are able to provide us with the required information.  We will normally aim to provide you with drafts of the application papers within 2 weeks of receiving all the information.  Once the papers are approved and signed, assuming that a full inheritance tax return does not need to be submitted to HMRC, we anticipate a timescale of 8 to 10 weeks for the Probate Registry to process the papers and issue the Grant.  If a full IHT400 tax return must also be submitted to HMRC and inheritance tax is payable, the it is likely to be 10 to 15 weeks from the signing of the papers to the receipt of the Grant. These timescales are approximate and will  depend on how quickly the papers are processed by HMRC and the Probate Registry, which is unfortunately out of our hands.

    Who will undertake your probate work?

    Hepburn Delaney’s Probate and Estate administration services are undertaken by Sumaiya Smyth

    Managing Associate Solicitor and Head of Private Client | Wills & Probate Team

     

     

    If you would like to discuss your requirements or engage in our services you can contact us on telephone  01442 218090, or on email at info@hepburndelaney.co.uk.