Probate - Complex Estates

Our Fees

Administering an Estate can be a complex and stressful process at what is often a very emotional time. We can help with the burden of dealing with the Estate by advising you on, preparing the application and inheritance tax return, and ultimately obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf. 

We anticipate this will take 10 and 18 hours work at £150 per hour.  Total costs are estimated at £1,500 to £2,700 (excludes VAT and disbursements).

This service includes:

  • A consultation with a solicitor or Legal Executive at our offices for as long as is necessary
  • Where there is no will acting on behalf of the administrator and to completing an administrator check to ensure you are entitled to take out the Letters of Administration
  • Where there is a Will acting on behalf of the appointed Executors
  • Obtaining valuations of the assets and liabilities in the Estate as long as there are no more than 25 organisations that we have to contact
  • Arranging payment of funeral costs from one of the Deceased’s bank accounts
  • Checking and putting in place house insurance if necessary (but not the costs of the same which will be deducted from the Estate)
  • Completion of short form Inheritance Tax Return IHT205 together with transferable nil rate band inheritance tax forms or completion of a long form Inheritance Tax Return IHT400
  • Drafting the Oath to obtain the Grant of Probate
  • Meeting at our offices with a Solicitor or Legal Executive to advise you on the Inheritance Tax Return and the Oath and to obtaining your signature thereto
  • Arranging for monies to be released from Deceased’s bank account/s to pay any inheritance tax due
  • Submitting IHT400 to HMRC and obtaining receipt of Return and any tax paid
  • Obtaining the Grant of Probate of Grant of Letters of Administration and court sealed copies
  • Collecting in and transfer of assets including the transfer of any property in the Estate to a specified beneficiary
  • Payment of outstanding liabilities of the Estate
  • Distribution of Specific legacies
  • Answering any enquires form HMRC with regard to the submitted IHT return and to applying for clearance from HMRC on conclusion of the administration of the Estate
  • Finalising any income tax /capital gains tax a payable by the estate with HMRC
  • Preparation of Final Estate Accounts for your approval
  • Distribution of the Estate to the residuary beneficiaries

This service does not include:

  • Identifying beneficiaries of an intestate Estate – we will engage the services of research company to prepare a report and the costs of will be charged to the Estate
  • Dealing with the sale any property in the Estate – conveyancing cost will be charged separately
  • Potential disputes
  • Variations to the Estate – a specific fixed fee will be provided to you if this is needed
  • Dealing with the deceased’s business

If it becomes clear at our initial meeting that your matter requires additional work outside this service option then we will advise you of such at the initial meeting and provide you with details of the additional work required and confirmation of the additional charges.

* Fees are correct at 4 December 2018


Disbursements

Disbursements which are the costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties such as court fees.   We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process and include the following: 

  • Probate application fee of £155 plus 50p for every court sealed copy of the Grant that we request
  • Swear of the oath fees - £7 per executor
  • Bankruptcy only Land Charges Department searches - £2 per beneficiary
  • Land Registry fees payable if we transfer a property in the estate to a named beneficiary. Such fees will be based upon whether the property is registered at the  Land Registry and the value of the property.  Further details will be provided at your initial meeting.

There may be other disbursements including fees for notices in the London Gazette and Local Newspapers that help protect against unexpected claims against the Estate or searches with Certainty to try ascertain whether a Will exists.   If this is necessary we will advise you of such at your initial meeting and provide you with details of the costs.


How Long will my Matter Take?

On average estates that fall into this range are dealt with within 5 - 8 months. Typically obtaining the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration takes 12-16 weeks.  Collecting assets then follows which can take between 4-8 weeks.  Once this has been done we can pay the liabilities of the Estate prepare the final estate accounts and distribute the assets which normally takes 4-8 weeks.


The Team

Jane Mawer is Head of the Private Client Department.  She has over 15 years experience within this area of law.

Faye Blair is a Solicitor with over eight years experience within the department.  

Jamie Dobbs is a Legal Executive. She is an integral member of the department and has extensive knowledge of this area of law having worked within the department for over 11 years.


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Dementia Friends

Maples Solicitors are proud to announce that they have now joined to become Dementia Friends which is an Alzheimer’s Society initiative.

The private client department of Maples Solicitors prepare Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney on a regular basis and this often involves dealing with clients who are suffering from dementia. The private client team pride themselves on spending as much time as is necessary to assist all of their clients, but those suffering from dementia often require additional assistance and time to ensure that they have fully understood the legal documentation that they are creating. The private client department are regularly complimented on the way they deal with such clients, whether this be explaining things to them in a clear and uncomplicated manner, spending time with them or putting them at ease.

It is a misconception that anyone suffering from dementia cannot make a Will or Lasting Power of Attorney. Only if someone lacks sufficient mental capacity are they unable to make such a document. It is therefore vitally important upon any diagnosis of dementia that legal advice is taken as soon as possible to make sure that your affairs are in order so that it is easier for your family to deal with your affairs if you are unable to do so yourself.

To become Dementia Friends, Maples Solicitors have pledged to develop their understanding of dementia and continue assisting clients suffering from dementia with their legal affairs in a respectful, friendly and efficient way that is not daunting making the process as easy as possible.

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Testimonials

Gemma Mayer LLB

"I would highly recommend Maples Solicitors, especially Gemma Mayer, for any conveyancing work. The level of support and professionalism was excellent at all times. I also felt if I needed to ask or clarify anything that it was not an issue. Buying and selling a house is stressful enough, but Gemma helped me through it step by step."

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James Turner BA

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Daven Naghen LLB

"Daven provided an excellent service, from attending the first interview with me to the final court appearance. He filled me full of confidence that he would defend me to which he did and come out with an excellent outcome in view of my position that I had put myself in."

Faye Blair LLB

Faye was excellent, sensitive and acted very well to the time constraints we faced. Great service and dealt with compassion at such sad times made the process less painful very professional.

Jamie Dobbs GCILEx

Over the last forty years I have cause to deal with many law firms both in a personal and professional capacity, including some ‘top’ London Companies. In all of those dealings I have never found anyone as proactive and so willing to offer help and advice as Jamie Dobbs. During the last two years Jamie guided my parents through the completion of Lasting Powers of Attorney. Helped myself with the use of the LPA and recently dealing with Probate and Estate Administration following their death.

Mike Pepper MA

Mike Pepper gave us excellent advice. He was always most helpful and accommodating giving lucid explanations every step of the way. Thank you Mike.

Donna Sandison FCILEx

Donna has been helpful and professional every step of the way during the process. Always on hand to answer any queries and totally professional and friendly at all times.