Please note that the following information is for guidance only. We will provide you with a firm quote for the costs involved in administering an estate after an initial consultation with you, once we have all the necessary information to hand relating to the estate.
Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets
We anticipate that this will take between 15 and 20 hours work at £165 plus VAT (£198) to £265 plus VAT (£318) per hour (between £2,970/£4,770 and £3,960/£6,360) depending on the fee earner dealing with the matter and their level of expertise. Please note these rates change on an annual basis.
Wherever possible we try to allocate the work to the most appropriate fee earner with the most suitable level of expertise so that the more straightforward and simple probates are dealt with by fee earners with lower hourly rates of charge.
We will handle the full process for you. These estimates are for estates where:
Disbursements included in this fee (all of which are not subject to VAT):
Disbursements are costs relating to your matter which are payable to third parties, such as Court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
Potential Additional Costs
The following will increase the costs estimated above:
All of the above factors are likely to increase the costs quoted and this could range significantly depending on the estate and how it is to be dealt with. We can give you a more accurate estimate once we have more information. Please also note this list is not exhaustive.
How long will this take
On average estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6 to 12 months typically obtaining the grant of probate takes 2 to 3 weeks, collecting assets then following which can take between 4 to 8 weeks. Once this has been done we can distribute the assets which normally takes in the region of 2 to 3 weeks.
As part of the costs estimated above we will:
Our team has over 165 years of collective experience in delivering high quality work in all matters relating to wills and estate administration. The team has particular expertise in high value estates, trust administration and inheritance tax matters. We have 8 members of the team who may work on your matter. Regardless who works on your matter they will be supervised by Suzanne Margaret Porter Director and Head of Probate and Estate Administration.
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Please click on any of the links below to see our client’s testimonials.
"Suzanne Porter and Rachel Baseley have advised many of our employees on such delicate matters either at Wake Smith’s offices, Swann-Morton’s premises or in individuals’ homes, and have always been compassionate, understanding and patient in gaining an understanding of their requirements and wishes whilst delivering a solution in a professional manner. Their reaction has been very timely when required, which has helped to reassure the individuals and their families. We look forward to a continuing long-term and professional relationship not only with the Wills and Probate team but with Wake Smith as a whole."
Mike Hirst - Swann-Morton
"Breda Cashell did a first class job in handling our late mothers estate, keeping us well informed throughout this sad time of ours. Nothing was too much trouble, she was very professional from the outset to completion. She answered all our questions at our first meeting, and subsequent meetings. Breda is a very caring lady, and our family would recommend her and your services as an excellent company to work with. Thanks for a brilliant service."
"We have been clients of Wake Smith over a period of some twenty-five years and the service we have received throughout this time has been excellent. The firm has always been prompt, efficient and thorough and we have always been treated with the utmost courtesy and kindness."
David and Elizabeth Marsden
"On our first appointment with Mr Shaun Talbot, he immediately put us at ease and explained everything clearly to us. The service we received was brilliant from start to finish, documents were quickly forwarded to us to check and we were promptly invited back into the office to add our signatures. We would definitely recommend Mr Talbot in the future and thank him for making this process stress free and easy to complete."
Joanne and Michael Duffin
"I was extremely happy with the service provided by Sam Bellagha. He is very professional but also easy to talk to and gave me clear and concise information. I had immediate responses to any subsequent questions and during my final meeting I found him to be very patient in going through all the paperwork and ensuring that everything met my requirements."
Mrs C C
"I have been dealing with Wake Smith Solicitors for many years now and my main contact with the company is Mr. Shaun Talbot. Shaun has been quite an inspiration to me, he has always been so kind to me, yet very professional with his advice in helping me through the most difficult times. His knowledge is outstanding. He has always treated me with the utmost respect and I always feel very comfortable when visiting the Offices in so much as I feel I can discuss anything with him. For this I thank him most sincerely. I would also like to thank Reception and Shaun's secretary who again have always been very courteous and helpful when I have had to telephone or call at the office. I would not hesitate at all to recommend Wake Smith Solicitors to anyone."
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