Wills, Estates & Probate

Making a Will is the only way to ensure your property and other possessions will go where you wish after your death.

Other considerations a Will can deal with are:

  • Appointing guardians to look after your children
  • Reducing Inheritance tax
  • Funeral wishes

If you do not have a Will, the laws which decide where your assets go can be very unfair, not providing for an unmarried partner or step/foster children. Not making a Will can also cause a great deal of stress and expense for those that you leave.

By making a Will with Bendles, you can be confident that your family and assets are protected in the best possible way. To ensure your family’s future is protected make an appointment and we will take care of the rest.

Wills cost £150+vat or £250+vat for a couple.

If you have been given the role of executor in a Will then you may need to apply for Probate. This is an order granted by the Court to give you authority to deal with the deceased’s estate. If there is no valid Will or no executors, we can help you to apply for Letters of Administration.

Probate Fees

We like to offer a straightforward and clear pricing structure for our probate fees. At the outset of the administration, we will agree with you the basis of our charges for the administration. Our charges are:

Application for Grant of Probate

£900

Administration of the Estate Minimum

£1,250

Administration of the Estate (average)

1%-2% of the Gross Estate

Our costs exclude VAT.

Disbursements

These are expenses related to the estate that are payable to third parties, such as the probate office fees. Typical disbursements in probate matters are:

Probate Court Fees

£155

Additional Grant of Probate copies

£0.50 per copy

Executors Oath Swear Fees

£5 + £2 per additional document

Land Registry Fees (if applicable)

See Land Registry

Bankruptcy and insolvency checks

From £2.00 per person

London Gazette Fees

From £69.50 + VAT

Local media adverts

From £120 + VAT

Further disbursements maybe required based on the assets to be administered.

Timescales

Completing a Probate can be a time-consuming matter.

The application for just the Grant of Probate can take around 4-8 weeks. This is dependent on the probate registry and their workload and all the information required from you being available.

For the administration of smaller straightforward Estates, the timescale is usually somewhere between three to six months but for larger Estates (which are often taxable) the time it takes to administer the Estate can take anything from six months to eighteen months and very occasionally for very large/complex Estates with a number of assets, beyond that. This includes protection for the executors against any claims made against the estate.

We will advise at an early stage the estimated time that we think the administration of the Estate would take.

Key Stages

Pre Grant of Representation

Post Grant of Representation

Initial meeting to review any Will/discuss intestacy rules and advise on the deceased provisions

Collect and receive and monies or assets making up the Estate

Request all information required for application of Grant

Pay any liabilities such as any debts incurred by the deceased

Consider the executors and their roles/wishes

Correspondence with beneficiaries and provide updates to executors

Consider any Inheritance Tax payable

Asset of any assets

Consider any allowance such as Nil rate or reliefs in relation to the Inheritance Tax.

Prepare estate accounts

Preparation of the Oath

Preparation of the Oath Preparing of Inheritance tax forms

Further meeting to sign the Oath

Pay any required inheritance tax

Application for Grant

Complete the administration of the estate and pay the balance of monies to the beneficiaries

Our charges would not include work such as:

  • Trusts to be setup with the Estate assets;
  • Beneficiaries searches;
  • Property sales;
  • Business advice in relation to the Estate Assets.

In relation to these matters we can provide you with a quote for our fees.

Wills, Estates & Probate

Making a Will is the only way to ensure your property and other possessions will go where you wish after your death.

Other considerations a Will can deal with are:

  • Appointing guardians to look after your children
  • Reducing Inheritance tax
  • Funeral wishes

If you do not have a Will, the laws which decide where your assets go can be very unfair, not providing for an unmarried partner or step/foster children. Not making a Will can also cause a great deal of stress and expense for those that you leave.

By making a Will with Bendles, you can be confident that your family and assets are protected in the best possible way. To ensure your family’s future is protected make an appointment and we will take care of the rest.

Wills cost £150+vat or £250+vat for a couple.

If you have been given the role of executor in a Will then you may need to apply for Probate. This is an order granted by the Court to give you authority to deal with the deceased’s estate. If there is no valid Will or no executors, we can help you to apply for Letters of Administration.

Probate Fees

We like to offer a straightforward and clear pricing structure for our probate fees. At the outset of the administration, we will agree with you the basis of our charges for the administration. Our charges are:

Application for Grant of Probate

£900

Administration of the Estate Minimum

£1,250

Administration of the Estate (average)

1%-2% of the Gross Estate

Our costs exclude VAT.

Disbursements

These are expenses related to the estate that are payable to third parties, such as the probate office fees. Typical disbursements in probate matters are:

Probate Court Fees

£155

Additional Grant of Probate copies

£0.50 per copy

Executors Oath Swear Fees

£5 + £2 per additional document

Land Registry Fees (if applicable)

See Land Registry

Bankruptcy and insolvency checks

From £2.00 per person

London Gazette Fees

From £69.50 + VAT

Local media adverts

From £120 + VAT

Further disbursements maybe required based on the assets to be administered.

Timescales

Completing a Probate can be a time-consuming matter.

The application for just the Grant of Probate can take around 4-8 weeks. This is dependent on the probate registry and their workload and all the information required from you being available.

For the administration of smaller straightforward Estates, the timescale is usually somewhere between three to six months but for larger Estates (which are often taxable) the time it takes to administer the Estate can take anything from six months to eighteen months and very occasionally for very large/complex Estates with a number of assets, beyond that. This includes protection for the executors against any claims made against the estate.

We will advise at an early stage the estimated time that we think the administration of the Estate would take.

Key Stages

Pre Grant of Representation

Post Grant of Representation

Initial meeting to review any Will/discuss intestacy rules and advise on the deceased provisions

Collect and receive and monies or assets making up the Estate

Request all information required for application of Grant

Pay any liabilities such as any debts incurred by the deceased

Consider the executors and their roles/wishes

Correspondence with beneficiaries and provide updates to executors

Consider any Inheritance Tax payable

Asset of any assets

Consider any allowance such as Nil rate or reliefs in relation to the Inheritance Tax.

Prepare estate accounts

Preparation of the Oath

Preparation of the Oath Preparing of Inheritance tax forms

Further meeting to sign the Oath

Pay any required inheritance tax

Application for Grant

Complete the administration of the estate and pay the balance of monies to the beneficiaries

Our charges would not include work such as:

  • Trusts to be setup with the Estate assets;
  • Beneficiaries searches;
  • Property sales;
  • Business advice in relation to the Estate Assets.

In relation to these matters we can provide you with a quote for our fees.

Our Wills, Estates & Probate Team

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