Probate

If you have lost a loved one then we appreciate this is a difficult enough time emotionally without also having the burden of unravelling their financial affairs.

Please contact our Director Kerry Davies for a caring and professional approach at this difficult time. She can offer you guidance on the process which is commonly known as Probate. If you would like further information about what is involved then please click here.

We have the expertise at Clarkson Hirst to assist you in obtaining Probate or letters of administration. If unfortunately there is a family dispute concerning the Estate of the deceased, then we have specialists who can support and guide you through the process.

Compassion and understanding is a hallmark of our Probate and Administration service.

After a death the role of dealing with all the necessary legal and financial formalities normally falls to whomever has been named as an Executor in the deceased’s Will. If the deceased did not make a Will the role of dealing with the necessary legal and financial paperwork is determined in accordance with certain inheritance rules and it is usually the spouse or child(ren) of the deceased. The individual who is then required to deal with the deceased’s estate becomes known as an administrator or executor.

Who will deal with the case?

Your case will be dealt with by a Director/Solicitor or supervised by a Director/Solicitor. The majority of the work will be undertaken by a Director/Solicitor but some of the work will be undertaken by a Trainee Solicitor.

How much does it cost?

We charge an hourly rate of £190 per hour. VAT is applied to the charges. The legal fees range from £1000 plus VAT for straightforward estates to £15000 plus VAT for more complex estates. A simple and straightforward estate would be where the deceased has two bank accounts but due to the amount in the bank accounts probate is required. A more complex estate would be a deceased who has died leaving a number of different properties including their residence, Buy to Let properties and they have stocks and shares and other investments. More complex cases can include where beneficiaries need to be traced. Please note the price above does not include the price of conveyancing fees connected to the sale of any property within the estate. These will be charged separately in accordance with our published conveyancing prices, please see our section on residential conveyancing fees. Incidental disbursements in a probate case will include the payment of a fee to the court, known as a probate fee. You will also need to pay for a valuation fee of any assets that need to be valued as part of the administration.

How long will it take?

The time frame for a probate case will be determined by the complexity of the matter. Time frames will range between 6 months and 2 years. In a case where, for example, a property is to be sold, the time frame will depend upon how long it takes to find a buyer and complete the transaction.

The above prices do not relate to cases where probate has issues which are contested or where the assets are situate outside England or Wales.

A tailored price

We can provide a price tailored to your specific case at the beginning of the case. We offer a free half hour consultation to assess your case and we will then be able to give you a tailored price following this assessment.

For 24 hour emergency probate advice please call freephone 0800 397600.