Our specialist probate solicitors provide legal advice to clients in and around Great Yarmouth and further afield. We have years of experience assisting executors, administrators and anyone else involved with the probate process in navigating the complex probate procedures and adhering to their legal duties. We are proud to have received feedback from our valued clients praising our ‘exemplary’ service and ‘friendly and helpful’ approach. Probate solicitors Great Yarmouth.
What Services Do Our Probate Solicitors In Great Yarmouth Provide?
Our Great Yarmouth probate solicitors provide an all-encompassing probate service. Many of our probate clients have recently experienced the death of a loved one, and our approach is reflective of the need in such circumstances for concise, straightforward legal advice coupled with empathy and understanding. You will be allocated a designated probate specialist who will work on your matter from start to finish and be on hand to answer any queries or concerns you may swiftly and comprehensively.
Our probate solicitors regularly assist clients with every aspect of probate law and procedure, including:
- Reviewing the Will and advising on its terms and effects.
- Identifying the executors and beneficiaries.
- Considering the eligibility of any individual to take on the role of administrator if the deceased did not leave a Will.
- Locating the whereabouts of all beneficiaries.
- Collating the necessary inheritance tax documentation.
- Completing and submitting the appropriate probate application and supporting paperwork.
- Advising on the legal duties of executors and administrators and ensuring they are adhered to.
- Collecting the assets of the Estate and distributing them in accordance with the deceased person’s wishes or inheritance laws.
How Much Do Probate Solicitors In Great Yarmouth Charge?
We try to fix a fee for our probate services wherever possible. When an Estate is straightforward, our fees are 1.5% of the Estate’s gross value, plus VAT, subject to a minimum fee of £1,500 plus VAT.
Sometimes, an Estate is complicated by various matters such as assets being located abroad, or claims being made against it. In these cases, our costs will be based on the hourly rate of the probate specialist dealing with your matter. We will inform you of the applicable hourly rates at the outset of your case and will ensure you are kept fully up to date on fees by providing regular estimates, updates and breakdowns.
Disbursements are payable in addition to our costs. These are sums due to third parties involved in the probate procedure, such as the Court or Land Registry.
The types of disbursements that most commonly arise in the context of probate include the following:
- Probate application fee, which is currently set at £273 for Estates worth over £5,000.
- Inheritance tax, which is currently charged at 40% on the value of the estate exceeding £325,000.
- Costs to locate the beneficiaries, estimated at around £60 per person.
- Advert in the London Gazette to alert unknown creditors to your intention to distribute the Estate’s assets. This protects you from claims against the Estate or being held personally liable to reimburse the creditor. It may also be sensible to place adverts in local newspapers to cover all areas in which the deceased owned property or carried on business. These adverts are charged at roughly £150.00 plus VAT each.
- Land Registry Fees, for searches relating to the deceased’s property.
Why Choose Our Great Yarmouth Probate Solicitors?
Probate is a specialist area of law. Effective estate administration requires not only an understanding of the legal position, but also experience of the sometimes complex and arduous procedures involved. The probate process can be lengthy and is often subject to delays caused by Court backlogs and waiting for various third-party input such as that of HMRC in relation to inheritance tax. Until the Grant of Probate has been issued, you cannot carry out several key tasks including selling any property owned by the deceased, or, often, dealing with their bank accounts. It is, therefore, crucial to choose a solicitor who can minimise any delays and ensure your probate application proceeds as quickly as possible. Our Great Yarmouth probate solicitors’ vast experience in this area makes them ideally placed to assist you in this regard. We are proactive and responsive, anticipating future issues so they can be addressed head on, before they present a problem.
Probate solicitors need to possess not only first-class legal expertise, but also a human touch. We are noted for our ‘professional yet friendly’ approach, and ‘faultless client care’. We will support you through the process, doing all we can to relieve the burden caused by the legal issues arising from your bereavement.