Probate and estate administration
Winding up the affairs of a loved one can be a daunting and difficult task at a distressing time. Our experts can take away much of the worry and burden of this task and work with you to ensure that the estate is administered correctly and solve any problems arising.
If the deceased made a (valid) will then the executor(s) will have immediate authority to begin work but may well need to obtain a grant of probate to deal with the assets, particularly if the estate includes land or property, significant cash assets, shares etc.
If there is no will, if the will is for any reason invalid, or there are no surviving executors application will need to be made (to court) for a grant of administration.Our input may be needed at an early stage to help identify the person(s) entitled by law to make the application.
In all cases where a formal grant is required, an oath will need to be prepared and sworn then filed with the court along with a tax return of varying complexity according to the value and composition of the deceased's estate.
We have two fixed price packages to help executors and other personal representatives (PRs) faced with these challenges.
Our Grant Only option is designed for simple estates and/or PRs who have the time and capability to deal with all but the technical aspects of obtaining the grant and completing the Inland Revenue return.
We offer this service at a fixed price of £749 which includes oath fees, court fees and VAT at the current rate. Whilst aiming to be slick and economical, it is a personal service rather than web-based.
Our Full Administration option covers everything from start to finish and the pricing is simple. It’s 1.5% of the value of the estate plus VAT and disbursements, subject to a minimum charge of £2,000. Some exceptions will apply (e.g. foreign property, litigation) but in the majority of situations our fixed price will cover all necessary work.
Where problems arise with challenges to the validity of the will or claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 Williamsons' litigation team has the experience to handle what may become a contested estate.