Wills and probate

Probate work may be conducted by Simon Fisher or David Mouland. Both are solicitors and partners of the firm. Simon qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and David in 1996.

 

Both have an hourly charge rate of £215.

 

It is always best to draw up a will in advance. Not only is this a good way to avoid disputes and to ensure that your wishes are met, you can also protect the inheritance you leave behind in a number of different ways.

 

We provide advice on the following issues:

  • Preparing a will
  • Probate and administration
  • Powers of attorney
  • Intestacy
  • Trusts and insurance

 

Probate pricing

 

We do not charge a percentage fee related to the value of the estate.

Our view is that we should charge only for time spent in administering the estate, at the published charge rate of the fee earner instructed. We will supply charge rates upon request. These are subject to fluctuation but will not exceed the rates commonly allowed by our local county court at Gloucester and Cheltenham.

 

The current charge rate normally used is £215 per hour.

The cost of administering an estate depends on a number of factors, including:

  1. The number and type of assets involved
  2. The amount of documentation
  3. Whether the estate includes real property (a house, flat or land)
  4. Whether Inheritance Tax (IHT) is payable
  5. Whether a simple or complex IHT return is required
  6. Whether the deceased was in business
  7. Whether the deceased was involved in an unresolved dispute
  8. The number and types of legacies
  9. Whether beneficiaries have to be traced

 

In addition to our costs the court fee to obtain probate is £155 plus £1-50 for each copy

 

We usually advise the publication of Trustee Act notices at a cost of about £220.

 

No accurate estimate can be given until the above factors are known.

 

However, as a general guide our average bill for administering an estate in the last complete tax year was £3,500 + VAT.

 

The above does not cover disputed estates or estate litigation.

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment to discuss this area, please call us on 01452 529751 or use our contact form.

Contact us to arrange a meeting

Address

Luttons Dunford Solicitors
49 Brunswick Road
Gloucester

GL1 1JS

 

Tel: 01452 529751

 

Luttons Dunford Solicitors 

16 Imperial Square

Cheltenham

GL50 1QZ

 

Tel: 01242 588570

 

E-mail: info@luttonsdunford.co.uk

 



Or use our contact form.

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