The Probate process can often involve complicated legal, tax and financial work. It can be hard to work out how much work will be involved in administering an estate, the larger and more complex the estate, the more work is required to administer it.

Key Services

Checking if there’s a will and advising on the terms and construction of the Will. If there’s no Will we’ll advise on who is entitled to apply for authority to administer the estate. Drafting any relevant documents leading up to the application for the Grant which may include attending a meeting with the client to review and sign the documentation. Applying for a Grant of Probate/ Letters of Administration. We will lodge the papers in the Probate Office, the timescale for the Grant approval is approximately 6 weeks. Gathering the estate’s assets, for example money from the sale of the person’s property and registering the Grant of Probate with asset holders as appropriate. Collecting the assets of the estate and completing Estate Accounts detailing all assets, payments and the distribution of the estate to be approved by the Executor/Administrator. Paying out the debts existing at the time of death as well post death debts such as ongoing property expenses. Also arranging to pay any Inheritance Tax that’s due. Distributing the net estate in accordance with the Will or Rules of Intestacy. This means giving any property, money or possessions to the people entitled to it (‘beneficiaries’).

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The time it takes to get probate or letters of administration varies according to the circumstances. If there are no complications it may only take six weeks, however, in more complex cases, it can and will take much longer. Most estates are administered within 6 months of death, however, the more complex the estate the longer the administration will take.

The Team

All probate cases will be managed by our specialist Probate team which includes Castelo Partner Ana Afonso Martins and our special counsel who will also work with other members of our team with the appropriate level of experience.

Our Pricing

Hourly Fees: £350 plus VAT
Average Costs: £2,000-£10,00 plus VAT
Complex Cases: £10,000 +

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