Probate & Estate Administration

When a loved one dies it can be a very distressing time, and dealing with the administration of their estate can seem overwhelming. Consequently, dealing with the paperwork and technicalities involved may be the last thing you want to do. We are here to help you, offering as much support and assistance as you need.

Our experienced lawyers will offer you the highest level of client care and value for money within our various estate administration services. We believe that you will find this invaluable and will give you peace of mind at an already difficult time. There are many ways in which we can help, such as:

  • assisting with the registration of the death or helping with funeral arrangements
  • sorting out the paperwork in the estate
  • advising on the meaning of the terms of the Will or the relevance of the intestacy rules if there is no Will
  • explaining the tax issues connected to the estate
  • helping with the sale of any property

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Our pricing structure

Estate administration – grant only

From £600 plus VAT (£720)

Our grant only service includes:

  • Meeting to take initial instructions
  • Contacting the financial institutions for information on the value of assets where appropriate
  • Preparing the short form inheritance tax return IHT 205
  • Drafting the application for a grant
  • Obtaining the Grant of Probate or Grant of Letters of Administration and sealed copies

Prices start from £1,000 plus VAT (£1,200) where estates include any of the following:

  • A search is required to locate the Will
  • Tracing beneficiaries of the estate
  • Where the deceased was domiciled abroad or there are foreign assets
  • If IHT 205 is not appropriate and IHT 400 is necessary
  • Transfer of unused nil rate band for inheritance tax
  • Claiming residence nil rate band for inheritance tax

Administration of a small estate

From £2,000 plus VAT (£2,400)

Typically, this service will include:

  • Meeting with you to take instructions
  • Valuing all the assets in the estate
  • Arranging payment of the funeral costs
  • Liaising with utility companies
  • Preparing the short form inheritance tax return IHT 205
  • Drafting the application for the grant
  • Obtaining the Grant of Probate or Grant of Letters of Administration and sealed copies
  • Collecting in the assets
  • Paying any known debts and liabilities
  • Reclaiming income tax
  • Arranging payment of all the legacies
  • Preparing estate accounts
  • Distributing the estate between the beneficiaries

Larger / complex estate administration

A fixed fee, an hourly rate or a % based fee: our fees will be discussed and agreed at the first meeting

Typically, these estates will include the same service as for a small estate and may also involve:

  • The deceased was domiciled abroad
  • Undertaking a will search
  • Identifying the beneficiaries in the estate
  • Claiming the residence nil rate band
  • Preparation of IHT 400 and schedules
  • Application for the transfer of inheritance tax nil rate band
  • Completion of income tax returns
  • Capital gains tax advice and returns

Where matters are charged on an hourly rate, the following charges apply:

Directors and Partners £260.00 to £300.00
Senior Solicitors £240.00
Senior Paralegals & Senior Legal Executives £200.00
Solicitors with more than 4 years PQE £200.00
Solicitors with less than 4 years PQE £185.00
Paralegals & Trainee Solicitors £150.00
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What our clients say:

  • We found the service you offered excellent.  It was extremely friendly, clear and concise, and the communication was informative and speedy with a minimum of fuss.  Sympathetic in the circumstances too.  P.S. Girls on reception – totally lovely, very personable and helpful.

  • All work carried out to our complete satisfaction. Thank you.

  • Jill was very kind and friendly making me feel at ease!

  • I would like to thank the both of you for your help with this matter. I did not realise what being an executor entailed. I know that things like this are an every day part of your jobs, and probably other wills are more complex. Again, though, thank you very much.

  • Jill dealt with us and helped a lot by explaining clearly.  She was very kind to two old people!

  • A first class service, professionally executed in an efficient and timely manner.  A perfect service – so improvements not applicable.

  • The initial appointment was excellent. We were very impressed at being able to have a home visit. Jill was clear, patient and understanding at this sensitive time.

  • As always, very happy with the service from Ridley & Hall. Jill is very professional and efficient in dealing with our wills. We have recommended her to our parents.

  • I just wanted to thank you for all the work you have done recently on behalf of me and my late mother. You activated the power of attorney my late mother had set up some years ago, you organised with a colleague the sale of her home and, latterly, you sorted out the probate on her estate. I’m hoping that I won’t have the need of your services again, in the near future anyway, but I do appreciate your expertise and the very friendly and personal way in which you have handled these matters.

  • To all who were dealing with my mother’s estate, I just want to thank you for all the support you have given me throughout from my mother making this Will with you. It has been a very difficult situation to have been in all these years, trying to get people to listen to me but I got there in the end and you were the people who actually listened.

    Thursday 27 November 2014