Net Probate » Page not found http://www.netprobate.co.uk National Probate Helpline : Telephone 0845 9011 686 Thu, 07 May 2015 20:43:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How Much Does It Cost To Contest a Will ?http://www.netprobate.co.uk/how-much-does-it-cost-to-contest-a-will http://www.netprobate.co.uk/how-much-does-it-cost-to-contest-a-will#comments Fri, 21 Jun 2013 19:47:43 +0000 http://www.netprobate.co.uk/blog/?p=157 The Costs of Contesting a Will As a law firm specialising in contested probate claims, we are frequently asked how much does it cost to contest a will ? There is no straightforward answer as every case is different. Sometimes cases settle relatively quickly whilst others may well require Court proceedings which can be very […]

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The Costs of Contesting a Will

As a law firm specialising in contested probate claims, we are frequently asked how much does it cost to contest a will ? There is no straightforward answer as every case is different.

Sometimes cases settle relatively quickly whilst others may well require Court proceedings which can be very expensive. In all cases the starting point is to obtain a copy of the will. This is often quite difficult as sometimes an executor may refuse unreasonably to disclose a copy. If this is the case, very often a caveat may well be required so as to prevent probate being issued, this then enables investigations to be undertaken regarding the will, such as how it was made, who was present and whether the Deceased had the capacity to actually make the will.

The preliminary investigations need not cost huge sums indeed we typically advise clients that we will undertake the preliminary work on a fixed fee and thereafter discuss the various funding options, which typically are acting on a no win no fee basis, deferred fee basis, contingency fee agreement ( this is on a no win no fee will our costs paid as a percentage of the sums recovered, or a fixed fee. If a negotiated settlement is reached then very often the costs are paid from the estate however this is not always the case and should a case proceed to Court then the payment of costs is always at the discretion of the Court.

If you need help contesting a will or are unsure about the costs call us on 0845 9011 686 and speak with Tim Murden. He can be contacted via e-mail at tim.murden@tmsolicitors.co.uk

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Probate Costshttp://www.netprobate.co.uk/probate-costs http://www.netprobate.co.uk/probate-costs#comments Sat, 15 Jun 2013 20:15:20 +0000 http://www.netprobate.co.uk/blog/?p=160 The costs and fees of using a Solicitor for probate If you are an Executor and want some help with probate, we are frequently asked two questions what are the costs and how long will it take. While there are lots of companies offering probate services, we are one of the few to genuinely offer […]

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The costs and fees of using a Solicitor for probate

If you are an Executor and want some help with probate, we are frequently asked two questions what are the costs and how long will it take. While there are lots of companies offering probate services, we are one of the few to genuinely offer a fixed fee. We believe the clarity of a fixed fee service, is much easier for clients to understand exactly what the costs are at the beginning of the case as opposed to hourly rates and percentages. So how much is the typical cost ? a lot of clients prefer to undertake the administration of probate themselves eg. notifying utility companies of a death etc, and as such leave the legal side to ourselves which involves the application to the probate registry for the issue of the Grant of probate. It is this aspect of the probate process which  most Executors seek our help on. Thereafter as part of our fixed fee service we will often collect the assets as well, as we are familiar with all the forms and procedures of the banks.

If you want to know the likely costs of probate, call our probate helpline – we ask a few simple questions and then confirm our fee straightaway in writing, with the information we need. Contact us on 0845 9011 686 or by e-mail at tim.murden@tmsolicitors.co.uk. Prices start at just £500 with all costs deferred until conclusion.

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Probate bank : Do you need probate to close a Deceased account ?http://www.netprobate.co.uk/probate-bank-do-you-need-probate-to-close-a-deceased-account http://www.netprobate.co.uk/probate-bank-do-you-need-probate-to-close-a-deceased-account#comments Sat, 16 Mar 2013 13:47:35 +0000 http://www.netprobate.co.uk/blog/?p=151 Have you been asked by a bank for probate ? if so we can help. Probate is the process that is followed after someone has died in the UK. It ends with the probate courts called the probate registry issuing a legal document called a grant of probate when there is a will to the […]

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Have you been asked by a bank for probate ? if so we can help. Probate is the process that is followed after someone has died in the UK. It ends with the probate courts called the probate registry issuing a legal document called a grant of probate when there is a will to the Executor or a Grant of letters of administration to the Administrator when there is no will. We operate a simple fixed fee probate service if you need probate. Call us now on 01482 638564.

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What is the average cost of probate ?http://www.netprobate.co.uk/what-is-the-average-cost-of-probate http://www.netprobate.co.uk/what-is-the-average-cost-of-probate#comments Thu, 21 Feb 2013 19:45:40 +0000 http://www.netprobate.co.uk/blog/?p=126 There are lots of horror stories on the Internet about the costs of probate, about banks charging high fees and solicitors hourly rates. Fortunately, not everyone is the same, and we are one of the few firms to genuinely charge a simple fixed fee service for obtaining probate. By charging a a fixed fee you […]

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There are lots of horror stories on the Internet about the costs of probate, about banks charging high fees and solicitors hourly rates. Fortunately, not everyone is the same, and we are one of the few firms to genuinely charge a simple fixed fee service for obtaining probate. By charging a a fixed fee you know exactly the costs at the beginning of the case and don’t have to worry about an unexpected bill. As we specialise in probate, our in house systems are designed to ensure that probate is obtained as quickly and cost effectively as possible. So how do we charge and what are the likely costs ? if you call our probate helpline we ask a few straightforward questions relating to the Deceased persons estate, such as whether there is a will, what are the assets and liabilities and who are the beneficiaries. Once we have this information, as specialist probate solicitors we can then send you a fixed fee quot, in which we set out what information we need, how much probate will cost and how long probate will take.

As a guide, if you need a grant of probate to collect monies from a bank account our costs start at £500 plus vat and court fees of £50. All our fees are deferred until the end of the case and paid from the estate assets. If you need a fixed fee quote call us on 0845 9011 686 or e-mail tim.murden@tmsolicitors.co.uk

 

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Probate House Valuationhttp://www.netprobate.co.uk/probate-house-valuation http://www.netprobate.co.uk/probate-house-valuation#comments Mon, 28 Jan 2013 20:37:52 +0000 http://www.netprobate.co.uk/blog/?p=120 As part of the probate process, the Executor or Administrator must complete an Inheritance Tax return in every case. This return will be either an IHT 205 or IHT 400. If the Deceased left a property then the date of death value must be inserted on the return. The Inland Revenue rules provide that the […]

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As part of the probate process, the Executor or Administrator must complete an Inheritance Tax return in every case. This return will be either an IHT 205 or IHT 400. If the Deceased left a property then the date of death value must be inserted on the return. The Inland Revenue rules provide that the value must be that at the date of death ( not the subsequent sale date ) representing an open market value. When determining the value, a variety of factors can be considered, including the condition of the property, recent sales, as well as the development opportunity. Always seek professional help, don’t guess the value as the Inland Revenue will check the return through their District valuer who will be an experienced surveyor with a local knowledge of the market. If a valuation is challenged this costs time, and money and remember that the costs of a surveyor can be claimed as a legitimate expense of the estate. If tax is paid and the property is sold for a lot less than that valued then you can always apply for a refund from the revenue however there are very strict rules relating to this as you can imagine !

 

 

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Heir Hunters Feeshttp://www.netprobate.co.uk/heir-hunters-fees http://www.netprobate.co.uk/heir-hunters-fees#comments Tue, 22 Jan 2013 19:43:19 +0000 http://www.netprobate.co.uk/blog/?p=113 If you have been contacted by an Heir Hunter what should you do ? our advice is always NOT to sign the paperwork or any agreement with them. Heir Hunters are often unregulated companies that track down beneficiaries who maybe entitled to an a share in a Deceased persons estate. They will have researched the […]

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If you have been contacted by an Heir Hunter what should you do ? our advice is always NOT to sign the paperwork or any agreement with them.

Heir Hunters are often unregulated companies that track down beneficiaries who maybe entitled to an a share in a Deceased persons estate. They will have researched the Deceased and found that you are a blood relative. The name of the Deceased will have been obtained from the Treasury solicitors, who are a government department that handle estates where the Deceased has died intestate or when no will can be located. Heir Hunters will often charge a percentage of either the estate or the beneficiaries entitlement, the percentage in our experience can be anything between 15-30%, plus probate fees ! The costs of a heir hunter far exceed those costs that a probate solicitor like ourselves would charge. In a recent case, we charged approximately 4% of the estate compared to a quote of 25% which the heir hunter was seeking to charge. We saved the beneficiary thousands.

If you have been contacted by an heir hunter call us first, on 0844 740 0948

 

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Who Can Apply For Probate ?http://www.netprobate.co.uk/who-can-apply-for-probate http://www.netprobate.co.uk/who-can-apply-for-probate#comments Sun, 20 Jan 2013 19:28:52 +0000 http://www.netprobate.co.uk/blog/?p=108 Who can apply for probate depends upon whether the Deceased left a will, or not. If a will is left the person with the responsibility for applying for probate is called the Executor, while if the Deceased left no will ( known as Intestate ) then the person who can apply for probate will be […]

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Who can apply for probate depends upon whether the Deceased left a will, or not. If a will is left the person with the responsibility for applying for probate is called the Executor, while if the Deceased left no will ( known as Intestate ) then the person who can apply for probate will be known as the Administrator. Their entitlement is set out in the Intestacy Rules.

Common problems that can arise in regard to an entitlement are as follows :-

  • The death of an Executor. Most wills appoint substitute executors, if none are alive then a beneficiary can apply for probate.
  • An Executor is unwilling to apply. If a deed of renunciation is signed then a beneficiary can apply.
  • The Executor cannot be found. This can be complicated and legal advice should be sought as the Courts permission for someone else to apply must be obtained. This will require affidavit evidence showing the attempts made to trace the Executor.
  • The Executor does not have the capacity. If a power of attorney has been obtained then the attorney may apply on behalf of the Executor.

Need help with who can apply for probate ? call us now on 0845 9011 686 we operate across the UK and are specialist probate solicitors.

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How Long Does Probate Take ?http://www.netprobate.co.uk/how-long-does-probate-take-2 http://www.netprobate.co.uk/how-long-does-probate-take-2#comments Sat, 19 Jan 2013 20:20:43 +0000 http://www.netprobate.co.uk/blog/?p=103 Perhaps the most commonly asked question is how long does probate ? the answer depends upon a number of factors., which include :- the value of the estate ? is there Inheritance Tax payable ? if so an Inheritance tax schedule MUST be filed within 6 months and tax paid who is handling the estate […]

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Perhaps the most commonly asked question is how long does probate ? the answer depends upon a number of factors., which include :-

  • the value of the estate ? is there Inheritance Tax payable ? if so an Inheritance tax schedule MUST be filed within 6 months and tax paid
  • who is handling the estate ? a Solicitor or someone applying in person ? in our experience it is quicker to use a Solicitor to apply for probate
  • how well did the Executor or Administrator know the Deceased ? if you did not know the Deceased well finding out about assets and liabilities can take time eg. there maybe a need for a Statutory Notice about Creditors
  • what are the assets of the deceased ? is there a property or cash assets ? selling a property can take time while the collection of cash assets is typically much quicker
  • how well organised are the Deceased’s assets. Sometimes an estate is well organised with all assets clearly identified if this is the case handling the estate is much easier.

In very simple estates we can obtain probate within 3-5 weeks however in more complicated estates the estates can take upto 12-14 weeks on average.

If you need help with probate call our helpline on 0845 9011 686 we operate across the UK and provide a simple fixed fee service.

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Solicitors fees for probatehttp://www.netprobate.co.uk/probate-solicitors-fees http://www.netprobate.co.uk/probate-solicitors-fees#comments Thu, 17 Jan 2013 20:53:39 +0000 http://www.netprobate.co.uk/blog/?p=98 We are probate specialists and are a little bit different from the majority of law firms in how we charge for probate, in so far as we always undertake work on a fixed fee basis. We think that this is much easier, simpler, and transparent way of charging for work. If you would like a […]

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We are probate specialists and are a little bit different from the majority of law firms in how we charge for probate, in so far as we always undertake work on a fixed fee basis. We think that this is much easier, simpler, and transparent way of charging for work. If you would like a quote for probate call us on 0845 9011 686, and we will confirm our fixed fee straightaway in writing to you. But how do other firms quote for work, and what is reasonable ?

By far the biggest problem calls we receive are about the fees quoted by banks. Typically, in our experience they charge between 3-5% of the estate which we believe to be really unfair as often the amount in an account has no bearing upon the actual work involved, there has been lots of criticism about banks fees for probate. Last year the Office of Fair Trading also produced a report highlighting issues relating to the role of banks when acting as executors. More traditional firms of solicitors will charge an hourly rate and a small percentage however the difficult with this is often there is no certainty just how much the final costs will be. Call us now on 0844 9011 686 for a fixed fee probate quote.

 

 

 

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Do you have to use the Solicitor who wrote the will to obtain Probate ?http://www.netprobate.co.uk/do-you-have-to-use-the-solicitor-who-wrote-the-will-to-obtain-probate http://www.netprobate.co.uk/do-you-have-to-use-the-solicitor-who-wrote-the-will-to-obtain-probate#comments Wed, 16 Jan 2013 18:05:12 +0000 http://www.netprobate.co.uk/blog/?p=95 Our probate helpline regularly helps those applying for probate with general probate issues. One frequently asked is whether you have to use the Solicitor that wrote the will to apply for probate. Absolutely not ! is the answer. It is important to recognise that if you are the Executor it is your choice as to who […]

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Our probate helpline regularly helps those applying for probate with general probate issues. One frequently asked is whether you have to use the Solicitor that wrote the will to apply for probate. Absolutely not ! is the answer. It is important to recognise that if you are the Executor it is your choice as to who you instruct to apply for probate and therefore don’t feel embarassed asking the solicitor to return the will to you. Very often a son or daughter may not have any connection with a local solicitor and understandably may choose to instruct someone ele. We are probate specailists and can help you obtain probate quickly and cost effectively. We operate a transarent fixed fee policy and operate across the UK. Call us now on 01482 638564 for a fixed fee probate quote.

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