Our service

If someone dies, we can help you secure the legal right to deal with their assets, also referred as obtaining a ‘grant of probate’ or a ‘grant of letters of administration’. We can then, if you wish, arrange to collect in those assets and distribute them to beneficiaries. You can find out more about this here. We deal with a wide range of estates but specialise in international, mid- to high-value and complex probates and as such our service is highly bespoke and will be tailored to your needs and the type and location of assets and liabilities in the estate of the deceased. Often our clients are busy people and they want to rely on a City law firm to take care of the probate. This page gives an example probate matter and sets out what would be included in such a service. We routinely deal with matters very much more complicated than this example matter.

What is included

As a general rule our services in this respect include:


What is excluded

The fees set out below would not include any further work, such as:


What we charge

We charge an hourly rate for our services. The hourly rates of our solicitors vary, as do the number of hours required obtain the grant of probate. To give you an indication of our likely fees up to the issue of the grant, we set out below example fee estimates for matters of varying complexity.


The following factors will increase the complexity of the matter:


In addition to our fees, you will need to budget for the following:


We would usually discuss these additional third-party costs and services (known as disbursements) with you in advance and incur those costs on your behalf when necessary. You are responsible for these costs, though we would usually handle their payment for you to ensure a smoother process and add these costs to your invoice.

Timescale

The issue of the grant in a low complexity matter usually takes between three and twelve months from receipt of instructions from you. Once this has been done, and where we are so instructed, then we can move to administer the estate and distribute the assets, which normally takes a further six to eighteen months, depending on the nature of the assets and liabilities. In some cases it can take much longer. You should note that timing can be dependent on the response times of HMRC and, where assets are to be sold, the time it takes to complete such sales.

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