Wills, Probate &
Lasting Power of Attorney

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Why Taylor Law?

We at Taylor Law are committed to giving you peace of mind that your family and estate are fully protected. Our solicitors are specialists in working with clients, protecting their assets and helping plan and protect themselves and their families for the future.

You can be confident that you will be given the highest level of professional service, care and empathy during what can be a very difficult time for you and your family.

Our solicitors are always happy to have an initial discussion with you free of charge. Please feel free to call us on 0330 0539147.

 

Our Services include:

Wills

A will is a very important document that everyone should consider having. Very simply, it sets out how you want your estate to be passed on following your death.

On average, 7 out of 10 adults do not have a will, which means that when they die, they do not have control over how their estate will be passed.

However, this can be avoided with a properly prepared will that sets out your wishes clearly for your loved ones, which will mean that your estate can be passed on in the most efficient manner possible.

If you have been putting off making your will, for whatever reason, you can be assured that by instructing us, you will receive a friendly and professional service.

 

Amendments to a Will

Wills should be reviewed from time to time to make sure that it is still relevant and reflects what is in your estate and your circumstances.

Sometimes, a will need to be changed. This can be for a variety of reasons, such as:

– The arrival of children or grandchildren;
– Marriage, separation or divorce;
– The death of a beneficiary; or
– A general change to finances.

By instructing us, we will ensure that your will reflects these changes.

 

Disputes with Wills

Unfortunately, disputes in relation to wills can arise. This can be for a number of reasons, but can include:

– Whether the will was properly executed;
– Interpretation of the will;
– If the testator lacked the required mental capacity to make a will;
– Forgery;
– If undue pressure was placed on the testator;
– If the will failed to make reasonable financial provision for someone.

Whether you are a beneficiary, someone for whom reasonable financial provision was not made or an executor, we are able to advise you as to the steps you can take to either challenge a will or defend the will that you have been asked to distribute as a personal representative.

 

Estate Administration

When a person dies, their estate needs to be administered. This means that their personal representatives must identify the assets in the estate, pay its liabilities (including, potentially, inheritance tax) and then distribute the assets in accordance with the will (if there is one) or in accordance with the procedure that the law sets out (if there was no will.)  This can be a very time consuming and stressful process.

Our lawyers will help and support all family members navigate their way through this process

 

Lasting Powers of Attorney

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a document that is created by a person (a ‘donor’) which gives a person (an ‘attorney’) the ability to look after their health and welfare and/or property and finances, in the event that they become unable to do so themselves due to losing their mental capacity.

If you are seeking advice on drafting an LPA, our solicitors are glad to assist.

Price and Service Information: Probate Services

Introduction

As part of our professional rules, we aim to ensure that anyone wishing to use our services has the information they need to make an informed choice of legal services provider, including understanding what the costs may be.

Why instruct Taylor Law?

At Taylor Law we offer a friendly and efficient service in helping you to plan for the future. Based in London, Leeds and Middlesbrough, our approach to clients is one of friendliness and efficiency. Our services include advice about preparing a Will, creating a Lasting Power of Attorney, Estate Planning, or the creation of Trusts. We are also able to assist with estate administration after a loved one has died. We understand that this is a very difficult time and our aim is to make the administration of an estate as easy for our clients as possible. We are regularly instructed by executors to administer and distribute estates or the firm itself is appointed as the executor. We are also instructed by insurers to represent clients in this process.

Occasionally clients feel comfortable distributing the estate themselves and seek our assistance in obtaining the Grant of Probate only. We can also help in situations when someone dies without a Will or where a Will has not been located. The administration of an estate in these circumstances is often more complicated but it is our aim to make this as straightforward for you as possible.

Likewise, we also deal with Inheritance Act claims and in circumstances where the validity of a loved one’s Will is in dispute. We offer a committed service and strive to provide grounded and robust advice to ensure that you do not enter into any unnecessary proceedings.

To assist our clients, we have set out below an indication of the likely costs involved in Probate matters along with an indication of the timescales.

Estate Administration

Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets

What the service includes

We will:

  • Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate solicitor to work on your matter
  • Identify the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries
  • Accurately identify the type of Probate application you will require
  • Obtain the relevant documents required to make the application and liaise with all relevant organisations
  • Complete the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms
  • Draft a legal oath for you to swear
  • Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf
  • Obtain the Probate and securely send two copies to you
  • Deal with closure of accounts, collect in estate funds and pay any liabilities
  • Prepare a final estate account and distribute legacies to beneficiaries

 

Anticipated charges and expenses

We anticipate this will take between 8 and 20 hours work at £200.00 per hour. Total costs estimated at between £1,600.00 – £4,000 plus VAT.

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, costs will be at the higher end.

We will handle the full process for you. This above applies for estates where:

  • There is a valid will
  • There is no more than one property
  • There are no more than 5 bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are 1-9 beneficiaries
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs
  • There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC
  • There are no claims made against the estate

Disbursements1 in addition to this fee include:

  • Probate application fee of £155.00
  • £5 Swearing of the oath (per executor) plus £2 per exhibit (per executor)
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)
  • Post in The London Gazette –  Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.
  • Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims.

1 Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Potential additional costs

Please note:

  • If there is no will or the estate consists of any share holdings (stocks and bonds) there is likely to be additional costs that could range significantly depending on the estate and how it is to be dealt with. We can give you a more accurate quote once we have more information.
  • If any additional copies of the grant are required, they will cost £0.50 (1 per asset usually).
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.

How long will this take?

It is difficult to estimate with any precision how long a Probate matter will take as it will be influenced by many factors, some of which are outside of our control. However, on average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6-9 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 8-12 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 3-6 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 3-5 weeks.

Probate

Application for Grant only

What the service includes

We will:

  • Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate solicitor to work on your matter
  • Identify the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries
  • Accurately identify the type of Probate application you will require
  • Obtain the relevant documents required to make the application
  • Complete the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms
  • Draft a legal oath for you to swear
  • Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf
  • Obtain the Probate and securely send two copies to you

Anticipated charges and expenses

We can help our clients through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on their behalf.

Legal fees:  Fixed fee of £750.00 to £1,000 plus VAT + disbursements

Disbursements1 in addition to this fee include:

  • Probate court fee of £155.00.

1 Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Potential additional costs

There will be additional costs if it is necessary to prepare a full IHT account and we can provide a more accurate quote upon receipt of further information.

How long will this take?

It is difficult to estimate with any precision how long such a matter will take but, on average, such applications are dealt with and finalised within 3-5 weeks. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 3-4 weeks.

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“Had trouble in the past with firms not having a regular point of contact and having to chase up personally for information. Found Taylor Law to be extremely well equipped to manage every element of my case and got me the outcome I asked for in our initial meeting. Wouldn’t use anyone else in the future or even consider it”.

 

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