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Probate services in London and the Home Counties
We work quickly and efficiently to make the probate process as short and painless as possible, leaving your family to concentrate on looking after each other.
Our probate team has administered over 200 probate cases in the last 10 years, giving us the expertise to help you get through the process as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Why choose us?
- Expert advice and help with all aspects of probate; from selling property to accessing old pension and insurance policies
- Dealing with all Inland Revenue and Inheritance Tax issues
- Setting up Trusts to protect loved ones and future generations
- Settling debts and distributing all assets in accordance with the Will
- Applying for grant of probate and keeping accurate records for 10 years afterwards
- We only use our solicitor when necessary to keep your costs low
- Freedom from the anxiety of administering a loved one’s estate after their death
Using our experienced probate practitioners will result in a faster more efficient resolution and can often result in a larger portion of the estate being distributed to loved ones.
To find out more call us on 0800 29 88 66 1 or 020 8340 3102
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Frequently asked questions about probate
How much do probate services cost?
The Law Society provides a pricing structure based on percentages and the solicitors hourly rate. But often, probate practitioners and solicitors will offer a set fee. You’ll need to present the Will to the service provider so they can estimate what work is required and then a fee can be negotiated.
How long does probate take?
Depending on the complexity of the administration, the average probate case takes between 6 and 9 months. If the Court becomes involved this could be considerably longer. If property or foreign assets need to be sold this will also extend the timescales. Foreign assets are notoriously time consuming to administer, as are business assets.
Why does probate take so long?
There are 3 significant stages to the average case, but administration can take a long time if there are added complexities. A standard case can be dealt with as swiftly as 3 months, but the longest we have known in 4 years.
How do I do probate myself?
The HMRC provide information on their website in relation to their tax forms, and the probate registry will oversee the admistration of the estate to some degree by a lay person. However, proceed with caution if IHT is involved as fines are applicable for incorrect applications. Also, be aware that beneficiaries often require regular updates and can exercise their rights with a great deal of pressure.
How does probate in the UK work?
Applications for probate need to be made via the local probate registry to the executor. HMRC are a core element to probate in the UK.
Are probate fees tax deductible?
The value of the Estate that is being administered is established on the date of death, therefore the probate fees occur following the death of the testator. The probate fees are deducted from the estate before distribution according to the Will.
What is included in probate services?
It depends what you negotiate. Every probate case is different and if you appoint a professional to administer the Estate, you will negotiate their role and how far it extends. This can include selling property and assets abroad, cashing in shares and liaising with financial advisers.
How will probate effect our family property?
The ownership of the property involved in the estate will ultimately transfer from the name of the deceased into either the names of the beneficiaries or the trust, if appropriate. Beneficiaries can decide whether they inherit the property or request that it is sold.
What to do about probate when there is no Will
The Intestacy process can be difficult for the family of the deceased. You will need to take legal advice as to the intestacy laws and how they apply. Letters of administration must then be applied for rather than the usual route of a Grant of Probate. This is best avoided at all costs, and many people will find themselves preparing a Will after an intestate case because it is so challenging.
When does probate apply?
The term probate is a general term for the process that is gone through after somebody dies. The Grant of Probate (or letters of administration) are required if a property needs to be sold or put into trust, also any asset provider is entitled to request for sight of the Grant of Probate before they release the funds to the executor for distribution. The larger the estate the more likely that Grant of Probate will be required.
Who can do probate?
The executor is liable for the entire estate immediately on the passing of the testator. It is the executor’s responsibility to take possession of the assets and to prove the Will one the Grant of Probate is provided to the executor they must follow the terms of the Will to distribute the estate.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call us on 0800 29 88 66 1 or 020 8340 3102