Probate

Our Wills and Probate team has over fifty years of collective experience in delivering high quality work in all matters relating to the drafting of your Will, creating Lasting Powers of Attorneys and administrating your estate after your death. There a very few scenarios that will arise that someone will have not dealt with before and you can be assured that we will make the transaction as easy and stress free as it can be.

You will be allocated a designated member of the team who will have the responsibility for the day to day running of your transaction. We have two members of the team who may work on your matter. The team is made up of:-

Nigel Illman – Solicitor
Linda Dixon – Probate Executive

Each of our fee-earners undertake regular training both in-house and external courses to ensure that they remain up to date with the law and procedures. All members of the team are supervised. Full details of their supervisor is provided on your initial paperwork. You can read more about each of our team members by clicking here.

Probate

What’s Included

Our fees cover all of the usual the work required to complete the administration of your estate. The precise stages involved vary according to the circumstances. However, as an overview please see below:

It will be very difficult to estimate how many hours of work will be necessary to complete the matter. However, at the same time it is important that you are kept abreast of the likely legal fees (normally referred to as costs) and disbursements (payments to others) involved.

Our charges will be calculated mainly by reference to the time spent by Partners and by other solicitors and executive staff dealing with your matter. This includes advising, attending on you and others, dealing with papers, correspondence, telephone calls, travelling and waiting time. I attach a list of this firm’s categories of staff and their charge rates, and the rates for routine letters and telephone calls. These rates do not include VAT which will be added to your bill.

The charge rates are reviewed annually in May and therefore if the matter has not been concluded before the next review, the charges may rise. I shall let you know the new rates which will apply to work done from then as soon as they have been set.

Residences or real property (i.e. land or buildings) will be charged separately.

There will also be certain disbursements such as Probate Registry fees and charges for the official copy of the Grant documents which we shall be obtaining for you from the Probate office. It is normal for this firm to advance such fees on your behalf and to recover them by including them in the first bill we submit following the expense being incurred.

The charges that we will be making in this matter as set out below will cover the work that we have been instructed to undertake. If we are instructed to undertake further work, we would need o make additional charges, and I will inform you of what these charges will be.

If for any reason this firm does not complete the work you have instructed us to do, then a charge will be made in respect of the work that has already been completed. VAT will be payable on that amount and the Estate will also be billed for any disbursements incurred. Depending upon the amount of work done, this may be a small proportion of the figure given above or may be almost the full amount. It is rare however for this to occur, and I can foresee no reason why it should in this particular case.

In the event that this matter is not completed within six months, we will advise you of our costs to that date and also give you an estimate of further costs to be incurred.

Our Fees.

Our time is charged on the amount of hours spent on the transaction and you will be given an estimate of likely costs once we have discussed the matter with you. Our hourly charge out rates are as follows:

Nigel Ilman £170.00 per hour
Linda Dixon £140.00 per hour

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as obtaining copies of documentation. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. The disbursements which we anticipate will apply are set out separately below. This list is not exhaustive and other disbursements may apply depending on the matter.

  1. Probate Registry fee on issue of the Grant. This is currently £155.00 plus £0.50p for each sealed copy of the Grant requested.
  2. Commissioners fees on swearing oath are £5.00 plus £2.00 for each exhibit (e.g a Will).
  3. There is a fee of £16.00 for each telegraphic transfer that we undertake. Should you choose to have any balance paid to you this way. Alternatively, you can do this via a free 3 working days transfer then there is no additional cost to you.

You should contact us to obtain a detailed estimate which takes into account the individual circumstances of your transaction.

Our fee assumes that this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example:

  1. Foreign Property or assets
  2. Missing beneficiaries.
  3. Advertising in London Gazette and local newspapers to protect against unexpected claims etc.
  4. Additional documents or affidavits are required to correct any errors in the Will or if an executor wishes to renounce their right to apply for the Grant.

Where a matter does not proceed to completion you may be billed for the work carried out on the abortive matter. This is based on the amount of time spent on your matter and calculated by the team members hourly rate. The abortive bill will never be higher than the fixed fee you have been provided (unless this has been discussed with you beforehand).

If you are thinking of instructing Paisleys then please do not hesitate to contact us for a further information and an estimate of likely costs via telephone on 01900 602235 or email at enquiries@paisleys.co.uk where we will be able to discuss the matter with you.