Government processes aren’t easy to navigate at the best of times but working out how to apply for a Grant of Probate when grieving for a loved one can make a difficult time much worse. There are different forms to complete depending on the value of the estate left by the person who has died, who it has been left to and whether there is inheritance tax to pay. In most cases tax isn’t payable, either because everything has been left to a surviving spouse, or because the value of the estate is within the tax free allowance but it is important to make sure your sums are right before submitting the forms to avoid a potential investigation and penalty from HM Revenue and Customs.
If the documents aren’t completed correctly then they will be returned by the Probate Registry and the errors will have to be fixed before submitting the application again. In most cases the assets of the person who died are frozen until Probate has been granted so delays due to mistakes in the application can be costly for those left behind. Add in a disgruntled relative who hasn’t been left what they feel they were entitled to and what was at best an inconvenient administrative task at a time when you have other things to focus on can quickly become a nightmare.
Instructing a solicitor at Spratt Endicott to obtain the Grant of Probate for you will usually cost between £750 and £1000 plus VAT depending on how complicated the matter is – we do not charge a fee based on the value of the estate. This will be paid directly from the estate which means that legal fees do not have to be found upfront. We can also deal with the administration of the estate for you such as gathering in the assets, paying any liabilities and distributing the estate.
Spratt Endicott is recognised by The Legal 500 UK (A clients’ guide to the capabilities of law firms) as the leading firm in North Oxfordshire in terms of its expertise and experience in the areas of personal tax, trusts, estate planning, wills and probate. We deliver these services at competitive prices and can often agree a fixed fee with you at the outset of the matter.