Probate

Losing a loved one can be an incredibly difficult event and the resulting paperwork can frequently be complex and overwhelming. For a fixed fee Easthams can shoulder that burden for you. We can deal with all aspects of the collection and distribution of the Estate on your behalf providing you with one less thing to worry about. Our sympathetic, professional team will help ensure that the estate is administered quickly and unobtrusively.

Our Fixed Fees

Grant Only

Estates up to £325,000               £450
Estate Value over £325,000        0.3% of Estate Value
Home/hospital visit (Fylde Coast area)                £  50*

What is included within the price?

Our fees include up to two meetings with a qualified professional, either a licensed probate practitioner or a qualified solicitor; taking detailed instructions from you; preparing the estate forms and submitting them to HMRC; preparing the oath; applying for a Grant. This Grant only service does not include us gathering the asset information needed for the application nor undertaking any part of the administration of the estate. The Grant only service is therefore ideal for executors who can deal with administrative matters themselves and just need help with obtaining the Grant and the HMRC returns. All prices are subject to VAT. The fixed fee service is only available for uncontested probate where all of the assets are located within the UK.

Grant & Administration of Estate

Estate value: up to £100,000 £500
Estate Value: £100,001 to £250,000 £750
Estate Value: £250,001 to £325,000 £1,000
Estate Value: £325,001 and over  0.75% of Estate Value
Estate Value: £250,001 to £325,000 £  50*

All prices are subject to VAT. The fixed fee service is only available for uncontested probate where all of the assets are located within the UK.

What is included within the price?

Our fees include up to two meetings with a qualified professional, either a licensed probate practitioner or a qualified solicitor; taking detailed instructions from you; collecting and distributing and dealing with the assets; preparing the estate forms and submitting them to HMRC; preparing the oath; applying for a Grant. The full Grant & Administration service is best suited for executors who are not familiar with the estate or who simply do not have time to dedicate to the administration.

What additional charges may there be?

Additional charges will be incurred if there is a property to transfer or dispose of. We will be happy to offer a fixed fee for any conveyancing transaction.

Estates over £325,000 may be subject to Inheritance Tax at the prevailing rates.

The application fee for a Grant required by the Probate Registry is £155.00. This will be payable in every case and will provide you with one copy of the Grant. A charge of £0.50 is made by the Court for each additional copy of the Grant required. Normally one copy is required for each asset held.

Additional disbursements may be incurred if we are required to trace assets. We will advise you in relation to these if the need arises. To comply with anti-money laundering legislation and satisfy our regulatory commitments, we carry out online identity checks on all new clients and, in probate matters, on each beneficiary. Our fee for this is £2.50 plus VAT per check. This fee is payable on all cases and is in addition to the fees quoted above.

*Please note that no additional charges are made for home or hospital visits where the visits are required to enable us to comply with our commitments under the Equality Act 2010.

How long does it take?

Timescales are dependent on the range of assets within the Estate but the majority of Estates can be administered within 6 – 9 months.

Contact us for further advice or guidance, speak to our team of qualified experts on 0800 032 14 32 or email info@easthams.co.uk