Estate & Probate Services

Clear, trusted guidance at a challenging time

Probate refers to the formal process required to manage the estate of a person who has died. Their estate is made up of everything they owned, combining (for example) money, shares, property and personal possessions.

Because no two estates are exactly the same, the length and complexity of the probate process will vary according to many factors. These include the size and nature of the person’s estate, and the exact terms of their will.

We understand that this can be an intense and challenging time, so our specialist advisers will work with you and provide support throughout the entire process.

Knowledgeable support

While timescales vary, obtaining a grant of probate typically takes between six and 12 months.

The process first involves identifying the assets of the person who has died, and then acquiring confirmation of their value.

Our experience of gathering and calculating financial information means we can potentially reduce the amount of time and effort it may otherwise take to compile the material needed.

Sensitive, step-by-step communication

Our specialist advisers will collate all relevant information about the estate, and liaise sensitively with executors, beneficiaries and external advisers, including estate agents and solicitors.

We will also ensure that the nominated executors are happy and able to undertake their responsibilities.

From there, we will calculate the potential inheritance tax liability, and obtain the Grant of Probate.

A comprehensive service

Once we have obtained the Grant of Probate, we will collect the estate assets, settle any outstanding debts, and distribute the relevant proceeds to the beneficiaries.

Our specialist team will also take care of the remaining administration, including communicating with potential creditors, and preparing a final account of the estate for executor approval and dealing with any required tax returns for either the deceased or the estate.

Speak to our estate and probate specialists.
If you’re seeking independent advice and support, please contact our experienced chartered accountants and tax advisers for professional guidance and analysis.
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Jamie Nice
Tax Director
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Gina Mills
Tax Manager

Timing and fees

It is not possible to provide a general price for probate services, due to the significant variation of the factors involved in managing an estate.

We do not charge according to the size or value of an estate, but on the time taken to complete the work involved. Again, many factors can affect the timeline for probate services, so while we will provide a clear estimate of fees and timescales, our specialist advisers will keep you regularly updated as the case progresses.

The case studies set out below provide examples of potential timescales, fees and the scope of work involved in probate services.

For a more detailed discussion surrounding our fee structure, or to ask questions, please contact us .

May include:

  • Summary of estate

  • No inheritance tax

  • Completion of IHT205 (if required)

  • Probate application

  • Administration dealt with by executors.

Fee in the region of £1,500 +VAT.

May include:

  • Summary of estate

  • Calculation of inheritance tax

  • Completion of IHT400 and a few backing schedules

  • Probate application

  • Administration dealt with by executors with advice as required.

Fee in the region of £4,000 +VAT.

May include:

  • Summary of estate, including involvement in some of the asset valuations

  • Calculation of inheritance tax

  • Completion of IHT400 and a few backing schedules

  • Probate application

  • Collecting in assets, settling debts and paying legacies

  • Estate accounts and tax returns.

Fee in the region of £12,500 +VAT.

May include:

  • Summary of estate including identifying assets and obtaining asset valuations

  • Calculation of inheritance tax

  • Completion of IHT400 and all backing schedules

  • Probate application

  • Dealing with complex reliefs such as agricultural or business relief

  • Collecting in assets, settling debts and paying legacies

  • Estate accounts and tax returns.

Fee in the region of £25,000 +VAT.

Disbursements

In addition to the above fees will be disbursements for the Probate Application fee (currently £273), additional copies of the Grant of Probate (currently £1.50 per copy), bankruptcy searches (£5 per beneficiary) and notification in the London Gazette (around £300).

Compensation Scheme

In the unlikely event that we cannot meet our liabilities to you, you may be able to seek a grant from ICAEW’s Compensation Scheme. Generally, applications for a grant must be made to ICAEW within 12 months of the time you become aware, or reasonably ought to have been aware of the loss. Further information about the scheme, and the circumstances in which grants may be made, is available on ICAEW’s website .

Complaints

We look to provide clients with a high level of service but should you feel that we have not delivered on this, please let us know by contacting the head of legal practice/probate contact partner, Jamie Nice . We will consider carefully any complaint that you may make about our probate services as soon as we receive it and will look to resolve the issue. We will acknowledge your complaint within five business days of its receipt and endeavour to deal with it within eight weeks. Any complaint should be submitted to us in writing.

If we do not deal with it within this timescale or you are unhappy with our response you may of course take the matter up with our professional body, ICAEW, and the Legal Ombudsman. Complaints to the Legal Ombudsman should be made within six years of the act or omission or within three years of you becoming aware of the issue, and in either case within six months of our written response to your complaint to us. The contact details for the Legal Ombudsman are:

  • Letter: Legal Ombudsman, PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 0300 555 0333.
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Licensed advice

Rickard Luckin is licensed by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) to carry out the reserved legal activity of non-contentious probate in England and Wales.

Together with our trusted experience in all areas of accounts, tax, and inheritance planning, you can feel confident in our ability to manage the most complex probate matters.

Details of our probate accreditation can be viewed at icaew.com/probate under reference number C004330535.

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