Estate Administration

When we lose someone close to us the process of administering their estate can be bewildering. Manak Solicitors is here to help and assist in whatever way is necessary.

What is Probate?

When someone passes away leaving a Will, it is often necessary for the Executors under the Will to apply for a Grant of Probate. The Grant of Probate is a legal document that proves you are the appointed Executor and allows you to close the deceased’s bank accounts and sell or transfer their property.

If the Estate is simple and there is no Inheritance Tax to pay, and the only assistance you need is help in applying for the Grant, Manak Solicitors offers a fixed fee Probate application process.

Our fixed fee Probate is £750 plus VAT.

Full Estate Administration

If, however, you need assistance with valuing the assets and liabilities of an Estate, applying for the Grant of Probate or distributing the Estate to the beneficiaries, Manak Solicitors is also able to offer a full Estate Administration service.

Some Estates are subject to  Inheritance Tax and we are able to advise and assist in the payment of the tax from the Estate, as well as completing the relevant HMRC forms.

If there is a property in the Estate that needs to be sold, we are able to work alongside our conveyancing department so that you only need to deal with one set of Solicitors. Should you wish to speak to a member of our conveyancing team to obtain a quote please click the link here.

For those people who pass away without leaving a Will they are considered Intestate, and Manak Solicitors is also able to advise regarding the Intestacy Rules and assist in administering this kind of Estate.

How much does it cost?

We offer an initial appointment to discuss what needs to happen when someone passes away for £50. We can advise on the contents of the Will and working out whether any Inheritance Tax is likely to be payable from the Estate. If you wish to book in for an appointment please call either our Orpington office on 01689 870769 or our Gravesend office on 01474 324529.

Our Full Estate Administration service is charged at the Solicitor’s hourly rate and very much depends on the amount of work needed to fully complete the administration. However, we do not charge an additional fixed fee on top of the hourly rate (usually a percentage of the estate) as other firms may do. We are able to provide an estimated quote at an initial meeting once we know what the Estate comprises of.

Contested Probate

Manak Solicitors is able to advise in relation to disputes that arise regarding Wills when a family member passes away, and deals with Inheritance Act claims as well as claims in relation to the validity of Wills. Should you be facing a situation where you believe a Will is not valid or was incorrectly made, or provision has not been made for you under a family member’s Will, then please call to book an initial appointment with our Contested Probate Solicitor.

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