Our best advice on Wills and Probate issues
Whether bequeathing or inheriting your property and possessions, you can be assured that at Kelcey & Hall those entrusted to protect your interests, know and understand entirely your intentions and your needs.
Why should I write Will?
- A Will gives you peace of mind ensuring that your wishes will be carried out
- Without a Will the distribution of your assets is governed by the law and they may not automatically pass to your spouse, children or other family members as you wish
- A Will can make provision for modern day family dynamics, such as unmarried couples, second marriages, step children and step grandchildren, which are not automatically included by the law
- If there has been a change in your personal circumstances, e.g. marriage, divorce, birth of children or grandchildren – if you made a Will before you were married it may no longer be valid.
- Your Will can appoint guardians to look after any children under the age of 18.
- Using your Will you can record your wishes for items of sentimental value, family pets and other possessions that are close to your heart.
- A Will can allow you to gift money to any charities or other organisations that you may support.
- To avoid costly disputes for your loved ones
At Kelcey & Hall we are able to draft most uncomplicated wills for a fixed price and to make the process as easy for our clients as possible by providing you with sound uncomplicated legal advice.
Price for a standard Will is from £ 200 +VAT and £350 + VAT per couple.
We can assist you in the winding up of your loved one’s Estate. Our aim is to provide an efficient and responsive, cost-effective probate service.
We are required by the SRA rules to provide price information regarding probate work in relation to uncontested cases where all the assets are in the UK. This includes both testate and intestate and taxable and non-taxable estates
Our prices are based on an hourly rate only as opposed to a percentage of the value of the assets in the estate. This means we will give you an estimate for our costs for dealing with the administration of the estate based on the number of hours of work required.
Our estimate of costs will always be provided once we have assessed the complexity of the estate.
Complications can arise at any time and any change in our estimate would always be communicated with you clearly and as early as possible to take into account any additional unforeseen work.
The price, depending on complexity and the overall value of the estate, for a standard Probate, will generally be between £1500and £5000+ VAT for estates that are uncontested and have UK assets only. Our hourly rate is £200 per hour but we are happy to consider agreeing on a fixed price depending on the circumstances and complexity. This does not include disbursements outlined below.
Our full probate service includes:
- Initial meeting and fact-finding
- Collecting information
- Applying for the Grant of Representation
- Placing public notices and undertaking the relevant asset, liability and Will tracing searches (where required)
- Arranging valuations
- Dealing with Inheritance Tax
- Collecting in assets
- Paying any liabilities
- Distributing the estate
- Dealing with the sale or transfer of any land in the estate
- Dealing with assets outside of the UK.
- Disputes arising with an estate.
- Disbursements such as:-
- Probate Registry Fee – £155 plus 50p for every additional copy of the Grant required.
- Land Registry registration and search fees.
- Fees for placing public notices, undertaking asset, liability and Will tracing searches.
- Tracing Agents and Genealogists fees.
- Miscellaneous expenses such as travelling expenses.
- Other professional fees, such as accountants and valuers.
Estates can be standard and straight-forward but many can also throw up complications and the unexpected as well as being fraught with family emotions. We have a team of caring and specialist professionals who have wide experience in a range of estates. We will talk you through the process from start to finish and be there to deal with any situation during what can be a difficult emotional time in your lifetime.
We would advise all Personal Representatives to communicate to beneficiaries the need to be flexible and understanding. The process could take on average between 9 -12 months, sometimes longer before an estate can be concluded.
If you ask us to draft your Will you can also ask us to be your Executors. We are happy to provide this service and advise you on matters connected to the Estate.
Appointing someone you know and trust to look after your affairs on your behalf, should a time come when you are unable to make decisions for yourself, provides both security and reassurance. Imagine having a stranger deciding for you what medical treatment you should have, where you should live, or whether your home should be sold? Decisions such as these are better made by someone who knows you, and what you want.
You don’t have to be old to make an LPA. Illness or accident can render you incapable of making decisions for yourself at any stage in your life. Having a legal document in the form of a Lasting Power of Attorney registered with the Office of the Public Guardian will ensure the choices that you would have made yourself are met.
There are two types of LPA’s
- Property & Financial Affairs
- Health and Welfare
If you need to talk to a Solicitor please contact us for more information on 0117 927 9604 or Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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