Our costs – Estate Administration Grant Only Service

What does our service include?

What does our service include?

When a loved one dies leaving a Will, the responsibility for the administration of their Estate rests with the Executor named in the Will. The Executor must identify and collect in the deceased person’s assets, pay any liabilities and distribute the deceased’s estate in accordance with the Will. The Executor may need to apply for a Grant of Probate, which is a legal document which confirms that the Executor has the authority to deal with the deceased’s assets (for examples, their house or bank accounts).

We can assist an Executor, who can provide us with the information we need, to apply for a Grant of Probate. This is our Grant of Probate only Service. We also offer a Full Estate Administration Service, where we undertake all of the Administration of the deceased’s estate.

 

Obtaining only a Grant of Probate

Sometimes an Executor is prepared to undertake a significant amount of estate administration work himself, including:

  • valuing the deceased person’s assets
  • collecting in those assets and finally
  • distributing the assets (or their cash equivalent) to the beneficiaries named in the Will

 

In these circumstances, we are sometimes asked by the Executors to prepare the legal and tax documentation required to obtain a Grant of Probate, based upon information they supply. We will only undertake a Grant of Probate only service if the deceased’s estate is not taxable.

In the Grant Only service we will:

  • prepare the Oath for the Executor to swear and the Inheritance Tax documentation
  • arrange for the Executor to swear the Oath at an independent firm of solicitors
  • lodge the application for a Grant of Probate at the Probate Registry

 

What are the risks of the Grant Only Service

Whilst this can be a cost effective option, executors should be warned of the greater risk this carries to them since they are personally liable and accountable to both HM Revenue and Customs and the beneficiaries. The full Administration of Estate service will provide full indemnity for any loss from errors, therefore limiting the personal liability.

 

Can we undertake additional work for you?

Yes, we can. We are frequently approached by Executors who wish us to deal with the remainder of an estate administration after a Grant of Probate (or Letters of Administration) has been obtained. This if often because the estate administration can be complex and time-consuming, particularly if an Executor has a full-time job.

This is why we recommend that we meet with you to discuss your options. We can then advise you on how to move forward, in a way that best suits you, and provide an estimate of costs.

 

Who will act on your behalf?

You matter will be undertaken by a member of our Wills, Trusts and Probate team. You can view the team’s profile pages by visiting our Meet the Team page. Whilst we welcome a request for a specific member of the Wills, Trusts and Probate team to act on your behalf, please note this may not always be possible, for example we may have another team member who has skills more suited to your matter.

 

How will your matter be supervised?

Our Private Client team is supervised by Ashley Wallace-Cook and Niamh McAlonan, who are our Wills, Trusts and Probate Partners.

 

How long will it take to obtain the Grant of Probate?

It will typically take us 2 to 3 weeks, from when we receive documentation from the Executor, to prepare the Inheritance Tax documentation and Oath (to be sworn by the Executor). Once the application has been made to the Probate Registry, a Grant of Probate is usually received within 10 working days.

 

How much will we charge?

We will charge Peter £895.00 plus VAT for the work we complete.

 

Are there any Additional Fees?

In addition to our charges above, clients may also be required to pay additional fees for the following services:

 

Our additional legal fees

You will also be required to pay fees for the following:

ID administration, if you are not already an existing client  Our total fee inc. VAT:  £12

 

Will you have to pay third party costs?

In the majority of Administration of Estate matters we expect to pay the below third party expenses on your behalf. It is important you note we do not make any money from these payments and this is not an exhaustive list.

Additional costs from third parties

You will also be required to pay fees for the following:

Probate Registry fees  Total fee inc. VAT:  £155 (plus £0.50 for each sealed copy obtained at the same time as the Grant of Probate)

 

What happens if your matter becomes abortive?

If you decide to cancel your instructions to us, we will charge an abortive fee. This fee will be based on the amount of work we have undertaken (expressed in the time recorded on your file) and charged at our Private Client team member’s hourly rate.

We will also charge you any payments to third parties we have incurred on your behalf.

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Meet the WSP team

Meet the team

Kirstie Carr Wills Trusts Probate Associate Solicitor Dursley

Kirstie Carr

Associate Solicitor

Dursley Office

Carole Haestier Wills, Trusts and Probate Solicitor Stroud

Carole Haestier

Solicitor (on maternity leave)

Stroud Office

Charlotte Kelly Wills Trusts Probate Solicitor WSP Solicitors Nailsworth

Charlotte Kelly

Solicitor

Nailsworth Office

Niamh McAlonan, Wills, Trusts and Probate Partner at WSP Solicitors Stroud

Niamh McAlonan

Partner

Stroud Office

Matthew Penley Wills Trusts Probate Solicitor in Dursley

Matthew Penley

Solicitor

Dursley Office

Robert Selwood Wills Trusts and Probate Solicitor Nailsworth

Robert Selwood

Solicitor

Nailsworth Office

Rebecca Tribble Wills Trusts Probate WSP Solicitors

Rebecca Tribble

Solicitor

Stroud Office

Ashley Wallace-Cook, Wills, Trusts and Probate Partner at WSP Solicitors Gloucester

Ashley Wallace-Cook

Partner

Gloucester Office

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