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Prepaid Probate Packages

There are many benefits of taking out a prepaid probate and estate administration package, mainly the clarification and peace of mind it gives you and your family regarding the overall costs and process of administering your estate.
We take care of all aspects of probate and estate administration on your behalf. Take a look at what is included in one of our prepaid probate packages, from the registration of death to the distribution of your estate.
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Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive regarding our plans. If you have any further queries regarding our services and plans, how probate works, and pricing please contact us for more information.
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We cover all probate costs and fees related to the administration of your estate. From obtaining a grant of probate and administering your estate to carrying out Executor duties, we charge a single fixed fee which will not rise with inflation.
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Prepaid Probate Costs

A typical solicitors’ fee, for each single probate case can cost £10,000 + VAT. Use our calculator below to see how you can save £1,000’s by using our services.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions or queries our friendly and knowledgeable team are here to help. Speak to us today if you are ready to get started, we'll guide you through the process.
01. Why do I need probate?
Probate allows the Executors in a Will to settle the estate. This means that once any debts and Inheritance Tax are paid the estate can be settled between the beneficiaries. If probate is not undertaken the assets are frozen and beneficiaries will not receive their inheritance.
02. How long after probate is granted will inheritance be distributed?
Most estates typically take around 6 to 9 months for beneficiaries to receive their inheritance. It can be shorter on a small estate with no property and significantly longer on complex estates or where no Will is in place, known as dying intestate.
03. Who pays the probate fees?
The probate registry fee needs to be paid up front in order to obtain the grant of probate. The Executor usually pays it, this along with any other fees and debts can be reimbursed from the estate. All debts should be reimbursed prior to assets being distributed to ensure the Executor does not end up footing the bill for probate.
04. What are current probate fees?
If you take out a prepaid probate plan with us, you pay a single fixed fee for the process of obtaining the grant of probate and the administration of your estate. The current probate application fee is £155 if made by a solicitor or £215 if made by an individual. This is paid out of the estate by the executors of the Will. It is paid as an up front disbursement fee at the time of sending the application for the grant of probate, but reimbursed out of the estate funds once they are ready to distribute. All disbursements are paid out of the estate. Most banks offer probate and estate administration services at the time of death. These are usually charged on a percentage of the estate value and can be significantly higher.
05. Why do you ask me detail of my estate value?
There are a couple of reasons. Firstly, we get some elderly applicants who wish to proceed to purchase from us, but they have lower estate values. Because our pricing is based on age, with lower estate values, it is cheeper to use a solicitor charging a percentage of the estate. In these circumstances we are unhappy taking payment where it would be cheaper to proceed elsewhere. Secondly, if we know the value of your estate, we can give you a direct comparison of what a typical solicits cost would be against our age related fixed cost. You can then see just how competitive our fees are. Finally, if we spot that you have an inheritance tax problem, we do not want your beneficiaries to end up paying 40% tax unnecessarily. With your consent, we would introduce you to a fabulous firm who have some great IHT solutions.
06. Can I do probate myself or do I need a solicitor?
Yes, you can do probate yourself. You will be responsible for all the paperwork which includes legal, financial and tax. You will also be responsible for administering the estate and ensuring beneficiaries receive according to the Will. Some people find it too time-consuming and complex so seek assistance from probate specialists.
07. How will my loved ones know I have already paid for probate?
We can re-write a simple Will naming our professional Executors, at our expense. They will be contacted at the time and will take over probate. If you do already have a Will in place please discuss this with our experts and we'll advise you individually.
08. Is the government introducing new probate fees and rules?
The government announced there would be changes to probate fees, with some seeing a large hike. However, the changes have been delayed with no future date in place for review. Correct as of April 2020.
09. How can you do it so cheaply?
Whilst the job of obtaining a grant of probate is time consuming and complex, our probate specialists are super efficient. But the trick is to be completely organised in advance. To start the probate process, we need the will, all account numbers for savings, banks, insurances, utilities, lists of all assets, contact details of executors and beneficiaries and numerous other things. We make it easy for you to store/supply all these things, which saves weeks off the usual time it takes your loved ones to discover all this information. Getting all this info ahead of death makes sure that no assets are lost or forgotten and if things need to be done to simplify matters, there is the time to do it whist you are here. In reality, the whole probate industry has been over charging for far too long. You just do not need to be paying a solicitor £250-£300 per hour (including VAT) or paying a percentage of the value of your estate. The bulk of the work is simply administration, with the specialist legal and accountancy part only accounting for a small amount of time. Our professional probate practitioners can read and understand even the most complex of wills. They are familiar with all the difficult HMRC and court application forms as well as being experienced in managing the expectations of the most demanding of beneficiaries.
10. What happens if your professional probate practitioner go bust?
Funds are held by independent trustees until the grant of probate is needed. We nominate a professional probate practitioner from the outset to your case and you are notified of which firm has been nominated. However if the firm ceases to trade, you don’t need to worry. The trustees have complete power to appoint your case to a different probate lawyer.

What is included in your Prepaid Probate Plan:

Your Probate Plan may require your Estate and or beneficiaries to pay additional fees as disbursements or professional fees for services required outside of but essential to the completion of your Probate, some of which are, inter alia, set out below:

Included

Identifying, valuing and managing your assets.
Preparing the necessary documentation for the application of probate.
Applying and obtaining the appropriate probate from the courts.
Ensuring accurate distribution of your estate.
Corresponding with HMRC to complete Income Tax, Inheritance Tax and Capital Gains Tax returns and making any necessary corrections that are required, including arranging for any Nil Rate Band Allowance to be transferred.
Identifying any relevant reliefs or exemptions to the estate before calculating any tax owed.
Liaising with the appropriate organisations, financial institutions and beneficiaries of the estate throughout the process.
Ensuring any debts and liabilities are paid from the estate.
Preparing the accounts and distributing the estate to the beneficiaries.
Dedicated probate lawyer.
Basic professional Will written by an IPW Will Writer.
Your fees are securely placed in an independent trust fund.

Excluded

The Grant of Probate registration fee.
Advertisement in both local paper and London Gazette.
Third Party Costs incurred by your appointed Probate Service Provider or Probate provider at the time of your Probate.
Any fee payable to the courts.
Any conveyancing work for the transfer of a property.
Any estate agency fees for the sale of a property.
Any fees or disbursements for dealing with assets outside of England and Wales.
Tracing missing of unknown beneficiaries.
Managing any disputes or claims against the estate which would need to be passed to a litigator.
Business or farming advice.
The beneficiaries’ personal taxation.
Financial advice on the suitability of the disposal of assets.
Dealing with any investigations by Government departments, such as HMRC or the benefits office.
Ongoing management of any Trusts arising from the estate, including Will Trusts or beneficiaries of Trust assets.
Preparing Deeds if required by the Court or by the beneficiaries.

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Cost Comparisons

Our fees for obtaining a grant of probate and administering your estate are tailored specifically to your circumstances. They are fixed at the outset and inclusive of VAT meaning that future price increases will not affect you.
Many probate specialists, banks and solicitors charge an hourly rate. Others charge a percentage of the value of your estate.

Some probate specialists charge both an hourly rate and a percentage. This means that even a relatively straightforward estate could incur substantial fees.

Most banks offer probate and estate administration services. However, these are usually far more expensive than using one of our solicitors.

Take a look at what you could be charged:

Firm Cost of administering a £270,000 estate
Barclays £13,395.00
HSBC £6,874.00
Lloyds/HBOS £10,800.00
NatWest / RBS £12,220.00

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