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SRA Cost Transparency Regulations 

Estate Adminstration - Cost Transparency 

This department is headed by Jonathan Fall, who will guide you through the process of Wills and Probate with ease.

To include applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets;

 

For a straightforward estate, our cost estimate would range between £2,500-£4,500. Please note this is just a guide, we will be able to advise on more specific fee when we are aware of the assets involved.

 

The above quote assumes:

 

1. There is no question over the validity of any will or it is a straightforward intestacy

2. There is no more than one property and you deal with all utilities, insurance and clearance

3. There are accounts at no more than 3 bank or building societies (including NS&I)

4. There are no other intangible assets

5. There are no more than 4 beneficiaries of age and full capacity

6. There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to a substantial                  increase in costs and the involvement of our contentious probate team.

7. There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC. If there is no tax                  payable but claims are required for a transferable nil rate band, or the longer form of inheritance tax return is otherwise                required this is likely to add around 3 to 4 hours work at a cost of around £820 to £1,100 plus VAT at 20%.

8. There are no claims made against the estate.

9. We do not deal with any tax matters other than inheritance tax.

 

Should any of the above occur, then the Estate will be categorised as a medium or complex Estate depending on the specifics, and our charges will be higher than the straightforward Estate cost above. Again, we will be able to advise on more specific fee when we are aware of the assets/issues involved.

 

 

 

In addition, disbursements, will also be payable. These are payments to third parties. The likely ones are:

 

- Probate application fee of £273

- Copies of the grant £1.50 per copy (usually one per asset)

- Bankruptcy searches £2 +VAT at 20% per beneficiary (at least one for each beneficiary)

- Post in The London Gazette and Post in a Local Newspaper (section 27 notices) – these help to protect against unknown              creditors. These are placed through an agency which is cheaper than placing direct. The costs depends on what the local paper    charges. The cost is usually between £180 to £220 including VAT at 20%.

- Land Registry office copies £6 plus VAT at 20% per property

 

Please note that if you seek for us to deal with the sale of any property within the Estate, this would be a conveyancing matter and is not included with the administration fees. We can provide a full quote for the cost of dealing with property, if required.

 

If at any time an unforeseen circumstance arises and our fees increase, a discussion will be had with you prior to any further work being undertaken.

 

Timeframes:

 

On average, obtaining a grant usually takes around 8-12 weeks. Thereafter, collecting assets and distributing the same can take anywhere from 10-24 weeks.

Jonathan Fall is the Head of the department and his hourly rate is £255.00;

 

Esther Rands is an Apprentice Solicitor and her hourly rate is £200.00;

Roxanne Butters is an Apprentice Solicitor and her hourly rate is £200.00

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