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Our Fees

We offer a fixed fee for applications for Grant of Probate for simple estates. For more complex estates we charge a % of the net value of the estate. The prices below detail what is included and what limitations there are for our services.

The below prices do not include VAT or disbursements.

Grant of Probate in more complex estates

The below is an estimate for attaining a grant of probate in a more complex estate, for example where inheritance tax is due. Our fees are calculated based on the net value of your estate and the level of work required.

This estimate includes completing and submitting paperwork in relation to taxation, application for the grant of probate, discharging any liabilities, and the administration of the estate on your behalf.

The below does not include VAT.

Estimated Cost: £8,000

This estimate is based on a typical estate of a value of £500,000.

We charge 1% of the net value of the estate as well as £16.50 for each letter/email out and £5.50 for each letter/email in.

Estimated Timescale: 3 – 12 months

Dependent on the size and complexity of the estate.

 

Includes:

Completion and submission of Inheritance Tax forms for the estate

The preparation and submission of the application for grant of probate

Gathering the estate’s assets

Distributing those assets to the beneficiaries of the estate

The estimate is based on a service which includes us dealing with no properties, ten bank/building society accounts, as well as intangible assets such as stocks and shares. This would apply where we would be distributing assets to up to ten beneficiaries.

Speak to us about your Case

Every case is different, to get a bespoke estimate contact us today.

Call: 01554 755 101

Email: contactus@gomerwilliams.co.uk

There may be additional tax due on this matter which would be separate to the estimated cost.
For additional information on Inheritance Tax please visit the gov.uk website:
gov.uk/inheritance-tax

Disbursements are costs related to third party services which we pay on your behalf. We have not included the following disbursements in the above prices which may be charged in addition to the above fee. We price these based on the cost these services are charged to us:

Probate Application Fee: £155 + £1.50 per copy

Oath swearing fee: £24

Please note:

These fees do not apply where any assets of the estate are outside of the UK

These fees do not apply if the Will or distribution of the estate is contested or the executors are in dispute

These fees do not apply if there is a claim against the estate under the Inheritance (Family & Dependants) Act 1975

Fees may vary dependant on individual circumstances.

Meet the Team

Kate Clarke

Supervisor, Solicitor, Director
Qualified: 2008

Kate specialises in both commercial and residential conveyancing, as well as Wills and Probate. She also specialises in elderly client work and is particularly sensitive to their needs.

Kate is highly regarded by both her peers and clients for her professionalism and friendly, approachable manner. She has worked in a variety of small local practices and larger international firms and has a wealth of experience in her field.

Kate joined Gomer Williams in 2017.

John Edwards

Qualified Paralegal
Qualified: 2009

John has accumulated some 38 years of experience in the area of non-contentious probate. John is particularly well versed in dealing with probate matters and is an experienced will writer. John also deals with matters concerning Powers of Attorney.

Outside of work John is an avid sports fan and enjoys reading and crosswords.

Juliet Phillips-James

Solicitor, Senior Director
Qualified: 2008

Juliet is a senior and highly experienced practitioner within our Private Client team. She has significant experience in supporting clients through probate matters, wills, conveyancing and Court of Protection applications – creating Lasting Powers of Attorney. She is held in very high regard by clients who often refer friends and family to her and the Private Client team for legal matters – the ultimate testimonial to the quality, efficiency and delivery of Juliet’s advice.

Sarah Lewis

Solicitor, Director
Qualified: 2002

Sarah qualified in 2002 and secured a partnership in her previous practice gaining valuable management and organisational skills, mentoring and training others wishing to embark on a law career. After almost two decades of experience, Sarah was delighted to join Gomer Williams. She is proficient in residential and commercial conveyancing, wills and estate administration and is often highly recommended by her peers and existing clients for her dedication and ability.

Our PRocess

Probate

Stage 1

Valuing the Estate

At this stage we will go through the deceased’s papers and bank statements to establish their assets and liabilities. This can be quite straightforward, however in some cases there may be multiple investments, properties, and other personal belongings to consider.

At this stage we may need to contact banks, lenders, fund managers, pension providers, the local government, the DWP, and HMRC.

Stage 2

File Inheritance Tax Forms

Regardless of whether inheritance tax must be paid inheritance tax forms must be completed. One form is used for non-taxable estates, another for taxable estates.

Whittinghams will complete the related forms as well as any additional schedules to establish the amount of tax payable.

Stage 3

Pay Inheritance Tax

If there is inheritance tax payable on the estate then it must be paid prior to obtaining the grant of probate. Funds can be transferred directly from one of the deceased’s accounts for this if there are sufficient funds.

Stage 4

File Probate Forms

Once we have assessed the size of the estate we will be able to complete the probate application form by applying to the Probate Registry.

The Executors will need to sign a statement of truth at this stage to confirm that the details of the application are correct.

Stage 5

Pay Probate Fees

At this stage we will pay the applicable probate fees on your behalf. These are fixed regardless of the size of the estate and are detailed above in the disbursements section.

Stage 6

Administer the Estate

We will collect in the assets of the estate, discharge the liabilities and subsequently distribute the estate in accordance with a Will or Intestacy rules.