BHW’s estate planning solicitors can provide you with sensitive and knowledgeable advice to help put your affairs in order. Our specialist solicitors for writing your will can work with our commercial teams and third-party advisors to ensure your wishes are accurately reflected.
It is important to take time to consider your assets and how you would like them to be distributed to loved ones should you die. If you already have a Will in place, it’s wise to review it regularly in line with any changes to your circumstances.
Our estate planning solicitors can assist with:
- Will writing;
- Lasting power of attorney drafting;
- Registration of an enduring power of attorney;
- General powers of attorney; and
- Estate administration (probate).
A Will is a legal document that expresses your wishes with respect to the distribution of your assets after your death. Download our guide to Will Writing for more information.
Lasting Power of Attorney
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that allows you to appoint one or more people as ‘Attorneys’ to assist you in making decisions, or to make decisions on your behalf. Download our guide to a Lasting Power of Attorney for more information.
BHW’s specialist estate administration team can guide you through the process of administering a deceased estate. Whether you require only a Grant of Probate or full administration, our lawyers will provide you with support and assistance to ensure that all legal requirements and tax obligations are met.
Estate Administration includes applying for the grant of probate, collecting and distributing the assets of a deceased estate. It is sometimes referred to as ‘Probate’.
Our legal team will always outline estimated costs tailored to the circumstances of the estate being administered. As circumstances can vary greatly from one estate to another, the information provided below is a guide only and assumes the estate is uncontested and that all of the assets are in the UK.
Our fees will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple assets, costs will be at the higher end. Work conducted is charged at an hourly rate of £220 plus VAT.
We will handle the full process for you. The total of our fees will be in the region of £2,000-£3,000. This costs guide is for estates where:
- there is a valid original will;
- there is no more than one property;
- there are no more than 2 other assets
- there are no other intangible assets;
- there are between 1-3 beneficiaries;
- there are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs.
- there is no inheritance tax payable and the executors and
- there are no claims made against the estate.
Where any of the circumstances listed above differ, additional work will likely be required. We can provide you with a tailored cost estimate for these circumstances.
You may incur additional disbursement costs, these are:
- Probate application fee of £155
- £5 Swearing of Affidavits/closure forms re assets (per executor)
- £2 Swearing of exhibits to documents (per executor)
- £3 Official copy of title register
- Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary) (Higher bankruptcy fee if the beneficiary lives abroad)
- £77.10 Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.
If there is no will there is likely to be additional costs that could range significantly depending on the estate and how it is to be dealt with. We can give you a more accurate quote once we have more information.
If any additional copies of the grant are required, they will cost £0.50 (1 per asset usually).
Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included. We will be happy to provide a conveyancing quote for you.
Estates that fall within this range usually take at least 6-12months to complete. There are however many third parties involved and as such the timescale isn’t always in our control. In some cases, unforeseen circumstances or complications arise which increase the work involved and as a result lengthen the time it takes to administer the estate.