If you need advice about administering an estate or applying for a Grant Of Probate, our probate solicitors are here to help you.
If you have been named as an executor in a Will this could be a worry for you, particularly as you are trying to come to terms with your loss.
Please don’t worry though – we can help.
Our probate solicitors have been helping people complete probate for many years. We can assist you with the process and complete probate efficiently and cost effectively, so you can focus on coming to terms with losing your loved one.
Probate is the process that needs to take place when someone dies to administer their estate.
If your loved one dies and leaves a Will, this provides the instructions on whom they have appointed as executor. This can be one or more individuals or even a solicitor, but whoever the executor is has the legal responsibility to prepare the estate and divide it as the Will instructs. In addition, the executor has to apply for a Grant of Probate from the court. This allows them to legally distribute the estate and complete all of the necessary paperwork and administration connected with probate.
If your loved one has not left a Will, the process is different. The law of intestacy (dying without a Will) dictates who can act on behalf of the person who died, and this is usually next of kin. You will have to apply to the court to get Letters of Administration, which will allow completion of administration of the estate.
You may decide that you do not want the responsibility of being an executor at all. In these circumstances, we can take the matter off your hands and complete the probate process as quickly and efficiently as possible on your behalf.
At Avenue Solicitors we use our experience and expertise as probate solicitors to make the probate process as smooth as possible for you. Probate is a legal process that needs to be carried out carefully as you are legally liable if anything goes wrong or if there is a claim against the Will. We will take care of this for you.
By using Avenue Solicitors to apply for probate for you, you can be certain that the process will be completed within the constraints of the law and that we will execute Will in the way your loved one intended.
Our advice is simple, clear and straightforward and we will outline the costs involved right from the start. Get in touch to find out more about the probate services we offer.
Sadhana Joshi has many years of experience in delivering high quality advice in matters relating to uncontested estate administration (Probate).
Sadhana has been qualified as a Solicitor for over 20 years and as can be seen from her Testimonials, is a highly professional individual, providing high quality advice and assistance in an efficient manner.
Sadhana deals with complex matters as well as cases with fewer assets and beneficiaries. Sadhana regularly attends professional courses so that she remains updated in this complex area of law.
For probate work in relation to uncontested cases where all the assets are in the UK, to include both testate and intestate, taxable and non-taxable estates we charge on an hourly rate for advice and work carried out. Sadhana Joshi’s hourly rate is currently £250 per hour plus vat (currently 20% of chargeable fees) and standard letters (by post or email) and telephone calls are charged at 1/10th of the hourly rate, at £25 each plus vat.
The complexity of the case and assets involved determines the fees which will ultimately be charged, as this will determine how much time will be spent, for example, if there is a valid will, one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, multiple properties and bank accounts, disputes between beneficiaries, claims against the estate and inheritance tax payable then costs will be at the higher end.
Please note that in addition to professional fees there are likely to be other charges payable, known as disbursements, which we handle on your behalf to ensure a smoother process and which are payable to third parties, including, for example
When an unforeseen complexity arises or there is any other unforeseen reason for additional work, we will inform you as soon as possible and provide revised costs information. We will provide you with the best possible information about the likely overall cost, both at the time of engagement and when appropriate as the matter progresses.
We will signpost you to any relevant helpful websites and resources, such as Legal Choices that explain the probate process.
On average, the administration of an estate takes between 6 months and three years and costs between £2,000 and £15,000 plus vat and disbursements. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes one to six months. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between four weeks and nine months depending upon number, information and location. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes between four weeks and six months.
We can advise you on and carry out all work required from instruction to completion of the administration of the estate, including the distribution of monies to beneficiaries, relieving you of the additional stress which you may encounter at the time of the death of a loved one The above cost range covers all the work required to complete the administration of the estate The work we are to carry out and the service to be provided will be set out clearly in the client care letter upon instruction.
We are approachable and here to assist you.
Contact us to assist with the administration of estates either by email email@example.com or telephone us on 0203 540 7665