Probate and Administration
We realise that dealing with probate can be a burden at an already difficult time. At what we know can be a very distressing time professional help and guidance can be invaluable. Our aim is to make matters as easy as possible for those involved by taking on the tasks involved and explaining everything in a clear and jargon fee way.
Our personal service can be tailored to your individual requirements, whether it is simply obtaining a grant of probate, or taking over the full administration of the estate or any stage in between. Whether you live locally, or on the other side of the world, our sympathetic and experienced team can help you with all of the various aspects of administering an estate in England and Wales including arranging insurance, property clearance, valuations and sales as well as handling the legal and taxation implications.
If you think you have a claim against an estate, we can advise you on the rights that you may have, and pursue them for you so that you recover what you are entitled to.
Charges and experience
Our team has over 75 years of collective experience in delivering high quality work in all matters relating to wills and estate administration. The team has particular expertise in high value and complex estates and inheritance tax matters.
We have four members of the team who may work on your matter. Work carried out from our Beckenham office is supervised by David Arnott, Partner and Head of probate and estate administration. Work carried out from our Bromley office is deal with by Tony Bentley.
David Arnott – Partner
David is the head of our team and has over 25 years' experience in private client work, specialising in wills and probate on which he spends over 90% of his time. David has been working in this area since the early 1990s and in that time has helped thousands of families and individuals.
David qualified as a solicitor in 1988 after gaining a Law Degree from Aberystwyth University. He worked at in London and locally before moving on to join our firm in 1994. He became a partner in 2000. He is based in our Beckenham office.
Caroline Mills – Associate
Caroline went to Bristol University and qualified as a Solicitor in 2009. She headed up the Private Client work for a firm with London and regional offices before joining us in 2015 and became an Associate in 2018. Caroline has more than 10 years of experience in this area of law and is based in our Beckenham office.
Tony Bentley – Consultant Solicitor
Tony qualified as a Solicitor in 1975. He was a partner with the local firm of D J Griffiths Harveys until 2004 when he joined Tinklin Springall as a Consultant. He has undertaken probate work throughout his career. As well as acting for longstanding clients of his former firm he also now services the clients of Tinklin Springall through the Bromley Office.
Leonita Berisha – Trainee Solicitor
Leonita obtained gained her Law degree from Kingston University and completed her Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in London. She joined the firm in 2016 and has more than three years legal experience although the majority of this is not in this area of law. She is based in our Beckenham office.
No two cases we deal with are ever the same. Our charges are very competitive and our charging structure transparent, so you know exactly how much and what you are paying for. We can discuss different basis of charging tailored to your individual circumstances and requirements. These can include a fee based on a percentage of the value of the estate, a fee just based on the time spent on the work (the hourly rate charged depending on the person carrying out the work) or a lower percentage of the value of the estate and a lower hourly rate. Please contact us to discuss this further. An example of how we may charge in an appropriate case is as follows.
Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets
We anticipate this will take between 5 and 15 hours work at £250 per hour. Total costs estimated at - £1605-£4105 (+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 quote is for estates where:
- There is a valid will
- There are no more than 2 executors who are based in the UK who acting in a non professional capacity
- Neither the firm nor any of its solicitors are acting as an executor
- There is no more than one property
- There are no more than 5 bank or building society accounts
- There are no other intangible assets, such as stocks shares or insurance policies
- There are between 1 and 5 beneficiaries all of whom are based in the UK
- 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
Disbursements included in this fee:
- Probate application fee of £150
- £7 Swearing of the oath (per executor) when required
- Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£1 per beneficiary)
- £100 Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.
- £100 Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims.
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
- 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 inheritance tax is payable on the estate there are also likely to be extra legal costs to reflect the additional work involved. This will also mean that the administration of the estate will take significantly longer than the time estimates we have given.
- If any additional copies of the grant are required, they will cost £1 (1 per asset usually).
- Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.
How long will this take?
On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 3-6 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 8-12 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 2-6 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 3-6 weeks.
For more information please contact us using the enquiry form.