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For a more detailed discussion of your requirements, free of charge and without any obligation, please contact

Karen Gundel on 01623 460444

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The death of a relative is an extremely difficult time for a family. Coping with such a loss is difficult enough without the administrative burden of informing interested parties and dealing with the deceased’s estate.

If a close relative has died and if they left assets in their own name of more than £5000, you may need to obtain a Grant of Probate (if they left a will) or a grant of Letters of Administration (if they died without a Will). Without a Grant, you won’t be able to deal with their estate.

What is probate?

When someone dies the term ‘Probate’ refers to the legal process whereby the deceased’s assets are collected together and following various legal and financial steps, are distributed to the beneficiaries of the estate.

What can we do to help?

In our initial free consultation, we will discuss with you what services are appropriate to your circumstances. For example, it is not always a Grant of Probate that is needed.

Following this consultation, we can offer you a fixed fee price for dealing with the estate. This removes the risk of unexpected and additional costs.

If you would like to talk to someone about Probate, please contact Karen Gundel on 01623 460444

We can offer two Probate service options

Grant of Probate only

We will apply for the Grant of Probate (or Letters of Administration if there is no Will).

We will need details of the estate, the original Will (if there is one) and the Death Certificate. We will complete the Inheritance Tax forms for you. You will then take on the responsibility for the estate administration yourself.

Full administration of the estate

You may wish to hand over the full responsibility for administration the estate. This can include:

  • Arranging the funeral and registering the death
  • Helping to locate and understand the Will (where one exists)
  • Tracing beneficiaries
  • Resolving disputes
  • Valuing the estate
  • Obtaining the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration
  • Collecting the funds and paying off debts
  • Liaising with the Benefits Agency with regard to overpayments
  • Liaising with the Inland Revenue with regard to the income and capital gains tax for the deceased
  • Handling any inheritance tax issues
  • Setting up Trust funds
  • Transferring interests in property
  • Distributing the estate
  • Drafting final estate accounts

We can also deal with the property of the estate, which includes

  • Arranging the payment of utility bills and council tax until the property has been sold
  • Selling the property
  • Redeeming the mortgage (where applicable)
  • Renting the property

Conveyancing fees are not usually included, however, Alcocks can provide Conveyancing assistance, and a full quote will be provided to you at the appropriate time.

Probate fees

We have two levels of fees for our probate services.

Grant of probate only (no inheritance tax) – fixed fee – £750.00 + VAT

Grant of probate only (potential inheritance tax) – fixed fee – £900.00 + VAT

There will also be a court fee for a Grant of Probate £273

Full administration of the estate

1% of the value of the estate + £2000. For example an estate value of £200000 would incur a fee of £4000.00 + VAT.

There will also be a court fee for a Grant of Probate £273

All quotations must be confirmed by speaking directly with Alcocks Solicitors. All disbursements are subject to change.

If you would like to talk to someone about your personal affairs, please contact Karen Gundel on 01623 460444.