Our private client services
The importance of making a will cannot be overstated. It allows you to dictate what happens to your estate and what beneficiaries are entitled to.
Probate is the legal right to deal with someone’s property, money and possessions (
their estate/possessions when they die.
Our private client legal services offer tailor-made wills, taking into consideration the personal circumstances of every client.
We also offer inheritance tax planning services and probate administration services.
We can help ensure that the whole probate process goes as smoothly as possible.
Our wills and probate team is:
Key stages of the process
Every estate and every Will is different. The exact probate process can vary depending on the instructions left in the Will and the assets, creditors, and beneficiaries the estate has.
The basic process for an executor is:
Gather the full details of the estate’s assets and debts
Apply for Grant of Probate (permission to administer the estate and pass out inheritance)
Complete an inheritance tax return and pay any tax due
You receive a Grant of Probate
Repay any of the deceased’s outstanding debts
Distribute the rest of the estate according to the instructions left in the Will.
Probate can also be complicated if there are any disputes between the executor, beneficiaries, creditors, or HMRC.
For more information about the process, click here.
The whole probate process can take anywhere between six to twelve months.
The exact amount of time will depend on the size and complexity of the estate.
Please note: these prices are for standard single, or mirror wills.
If the will is more complex, or requires special provisions (e.g. home visits), the price will be charged accordingly.
All documents will be assessed based on your instructions.
£300 + 20% VAT
£400 + 20% VAT
£750 + 20% VAT
Admin and estate
A reasonable estimate will be given during the initial appointment.
As a guide, an hourly rate for a solicitor is as follows:
Senior solicitor: £250 + VAT
Assistant solicitor: £220 + VAT
Junior/trainee/solicitor or paralegal: £150 + VAT
As a rough guide, our costs will be approximately 1-2% of the value of the estate plus VAT.
However, this depends on the number of assets to be dealt with.