Wills, Estate Planning, Trusts & Probate


Losing a loved one is always a distressing and emotional time. It is even more so if you are unsure of the probate process and the steps required in the administration of an estate.

If you require trusted advice from one of our experts please get in touch, a member of our team will be happy to talk.

We offer sensitive guidance.

The process of probate can be both time consuming and complex. We are here to support and guide you through the task ahead in the event that a loved one passes. Our Private Client team provide a professional, sensitive and compassionate service.

Dealing with a deceased estate is a particularly daunting task if you have never been involved with a probate application before, or if you are named as an executor of an estate. Our aim is to take the burden away from your shoulders so that you can focus on supporting your loved ones at this difficult time.

Administering an estate comes at a highly emotional time of grief. It can be a very stressful and time-consuming process made potentially more difficult if you do not personally know the beneficiaries or the process. This is where we can assist by guiding you through the process.

If the deceased had left a Will, this would explain what should happen to their estate. The executors will need to apply for a grant of probate which will give them the legal right to administer the estate. This is the process referred to as ‘probate’.

An Administrator would deal with the estate

  1. If the person did not leave a Will,
  2. or if the Will is in some way invalid,
  3. or if the Will does not specify any executors.

They would then instead apply for a grant of Representation (also known as ‘letters of administration’) to deal with the administration of the estate.

We can take care of everything for you. Our experienced Private Client team provide a considerate and specialised service. They ensure that you are guided through any uncertainty leaving you the time you need to support your family through the process.

Our team will be able to advise you on the process, including:

  • confirming whether the deceased person has left a Will.
  • Gathering the necessary information and notification of the passing.
  • Applying for a Grant of Probate or grant of Representation (a Letter of Administration).
  • Dealing with the Probate registry and HMRC.
  • Released and distributing the deceased’s assets from the estate to the beneficiaries.

In addition to the above, our professional team can help Personal Representatives by:

  • Contacting and notifying the relevant persons, asset and liability holders of the passing.
  • Paying tax and answering any queries from HMRC, for example in relation to inheritance tax.
  • Assent of property: meaning to transfer a property to another person, including into a trust.
  • Dealing with the sales or transfers of assets and/or bank accounts.
  • Dealing with the sale of a property, assets and shares.
  • Advising beneficiaries on investing and protecting their inheritance.
  • Advice on contesting a Will should you believe it to be invalid.

Are you looking for further guidance on the above?

Our Private client team are happy to discuss the process of dealing with an estate in more detail. Please see below further information in respect of our probate fees.



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Within our team we have extensive experience of delivering a high quality service in all matters relating to Wills, Estate Planning and Estate administration. The team has particular expertise in high value estates and in inheritance tax matters. One member of our team will conduct most of the work on your matter, but we will involve other members where appropriate and in order that work is carried out at the right level.

We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf. We will also undertake the collecting and distributing of assets.

If you are the executor or administrator of an estate you might want to consider legal representation but are wondering about the fees and costs. Here we give you an overview of the services included and their respective costs. If you have any further questions contact us.

How much does this service cost?

You will appreciate that it is very difficult to estimate a likely fee before we know anything about the nature and complexity of a particular estate. Based on your individual circumstances we'll advise you on the best option for you. Call us today for one of our specialist solicitors to provide you with an estimate.
Obtaining a grant of representation in England and Wales *(excluding VAT) -
Obtaining a Grant (IHT205) £950 - £3000
Obtaining a Grant (IHT400) £2500 - £6000

Administration of estate -
Our fees for the administration of an estate range between 1% to 4% of the gross value of the estate depending on the complexity of your case and your location. You would be informed of any increase to our estimated fees prior to us carrying out any further work.

1-4% of Gross Estate (minimum fee £2500 - £10,000)
plus hourly rate (£160 - £325 +VAT)

Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets


How much does this service cost?

Our hourly rates range from £160 to £325 plus VAT depending on the complexity of your case, the experience of the lawyer and your location. 

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter.

Please contact us for a quote tailored to your circumstances.


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