Probate is the process whereby an executor is granted the legal right to administer and wind up a deceased’s estate.
It involves the filing of legal, financial and tax information about the deceased’s estate to the appropriate authorities, including:
This can be a complex and confusing process which family members must sort out whilst dealing with the loss of a loved one, but at Jefferies Probate we can ease this burden for you.
The amount of involvement we have in each probate case depends on how much work the family or executors want to do themselves.
For some families, we have simply overseen the process, providing guidance on what is required during each step. In other cases, we have completed and submitted the different forms to the relevant authorities and have handled the whole process.
We have worked on estates involving distant relatives, non-domiciled individuals, as well as estates involving annual gifts and transfers.
We can do as much or as little as required in order to complete the process in a satisfactory manner. As a result, we tend to be more cost effective than say solicitors or banks, who generally want to handle the whole probate process, and charge you accordingly!
Our fee is £150 per hour (No VAT). We recently charged clients between £1,900 – £5,500. The exact cost will depend on your specific circumstances. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end. If there are several beneficiaries, property and multiple bank accounts, costs will be at the higher end.
Probate fee: £273
Potential additional costs
The list below gives an indication of work which might need to be carried out at an additional cost. We can give you a more accurate quote once we have more information about your specific situation.
How long will the work take?
On average, estates that fall within this range are usually dealt with between 2-3 months. Obtaining the grant of probate typically takes 8-12 weeks.
The above time estimates are for guidance only and vary depending on the work involved and Probate and IHT office delays.
We are authorised and regulated by CILEx Regulation to provide probate legal services. CILEX-ACCA Probate Entity 3001259.
If we carry out both: probate or letters of administration work, and estate administration work, we are authorised and regulated by CILEx Regulation for the part of the work relating to probate or letters of administration work. The estate administration work is carried out by Jefferies Probate and regulated by CILEX. You can talk to us if you need more information about this.
We have Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) which covers all work that we provide. This insurance ensures that you do not lose out financially in the unlikely event that the firm makes a mistake.
To help explain the probate process, we have written a couple of blogs, which we hope you will find useful, please click on the links below:
For more information about our Probate and Estate Administration service, please contact Keith Jefferies on 01491 845575 or email: email@example.com.
“I recently went to Keith to ask him to arrange a Grant of Probate as I was the executor of a Will. I was very pleased at how quickly and professionally he did this for me. And his fee was considerably less than I was quoted by a solicitor.” David Reynolds