Probate

This is the collection and distribution of money, property and other assets belonging to a person following their death. Where these assets are within the UK and the matters are not contested, we will charge £1500 to £3000 plus VAT on average for this work based on the assumption that the estate is relatively simple, all based in the UK and that there are few, if any, assets that would complicate the process or lengthen our time estimates. The charge is based on our hourly charging rate of £150 per hour, which will vary depending on how long it takes to deal with the estate and how many assets and beneficiaries are involved. There will be other costs on top. These are fees and charges we will need to pay on your behalf as part of the process, such as Probate fees (see below), oath swearing fees, statutory advertisements (these protect against unexpected claims from unknown creditors) etc. They are likely to be £300 to £400 where relevant.

We understand the stress and emotion surrounding a recent bereavement. The work we will carry out will involve:-
  • Ascertaining the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries
  • Ascertaining the assets comprised in the estate
  • Applying for a Grant of Probate (where there is a will) or Letters of Administration (where there is no will), including completing HMRC forms
  • Ascertaining and paying any tax on the estate
  • Obtaining the Grant of Probate and securely providing copies to you.
  • Collecting in the assets comprised in the estate
  • Deciding upon and executing distributions of the estate in accordance with the will or intestacy rules

On average it will take 4-6 weeks for us to gather the information to be able to draft the HMRC forms. After that it takes 3-4 weeks to obtain a Grant of Probate and then the estate can be distributed which can take 2-3 weeks.

Obviously, our fees do not include any external costs and charges that we may incur as part of the administration (e.g. tax, penalties, repayable benefits, fees and charges). You will also be responsible for these items on behalf of the estate.

Probate fees are in the course of changing. At the moment the fee is £155.00 for the issue of the Grant of Probate plus 50p per copy (we usually apply for 10-20 copies, as these need to be sent off to banks etc. before funds are released). However, the fees are due to increase to the following levels from 1st April 2019: - 

Where the Estate:      

exceeds £50,000 but does not exceed £300,000: £250                                  

exceeds £300,000 but does not exceed £500,000: £750

exceeds £500,000 but does not exceed £1,000,000: £2,500

exceeds £1,000,000 but does not exceed £1,600,000: £4,000

exceeds £1,600,000 but does not exceed £2,000,000: £5,000

exceeds £2,000,000: £6,000

No fee is will be payable if the Estate does not exceed £50,000 (up from £5000). 

Contact us here if you wish to instruct us on your matter.  Diana Deacon will carry out the work personally and please see our page About and Services for further information.

Wills

We charge £500 plus VAT on average for the preparation of one Will, or £800 plus for a “pair” of Wills, e.g. Wills for a couple which are in similar format. The charge is based on our hourly charging rate of £200.00 plus VAT per hour. The charge includes registering the Will with Certainty, the National Register of Wills in the UK . Our costs are based on the assumption that the Will is relatively simple and no complex tax advice is required.

Contact us here if you wish to instruct us on your matter. Diana Deacon will carry out the work personally and please see our page About and Services for further information.

Lasting Powers of Attorney

We charge £200 plus VAT on average for the preparation of a Lasting Power of Attorney for Property and Financial Affairs or a Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare. The charge is based on our hourly charging rate of £200.00 per hour. There will be costs on top which are the registration fees with the Office of the Public Guardian which are currently £82 per Lasting Power of Attorney.

Contact us here if you wish to instruct us on your matter. Diana Deacon will carry out the work personally and please see our page About and Services for further information.

Complaints Information

We are committed to providing high quality legal advice and client care. If you are unhappy about any aspect of the service you receive or about your bill, please contact Diana Deacon at diana@dianadeacon.com or by post at 36 Castle Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 7QZ. We have a written procedure that sets out how we handle complaints.  

If you are not satisfied with our handling of your complaint you can ask the Legal Ombudsman to consider the complaint. The Legal Ombudsman can be contacted at  www.legalombudsman.org.uk. Please read the conditions carefully.

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of these processes, you can take up the matter with the Solicitors Regulation Authority. They can be contacted at sra@complaints.org.uk.