Wills & Probate

Coping with the death of someone you know is a difficult enough task, but when you are the one who has to deal with the legal implications it can be an overwhelming experience.

Mark Matthews Solicitors, are fully versed in the area of probate law, and are here to help, we can guide you through the process of applying for the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration, enabling you to deal with the distribution of assets to beneficiaries, and the payment of outstanding liabilities/debts.

We appreciate that this is a heavy responsibility at an already sensitive time and could prove to be too much of a burden for anyone, to this end we have a fully managed Administration service. Our charges for this service are not based on a percentage of the estate as some other solicitors do, but are charged based on the time we spend administering the estate.

Please see the fees section for the costs related to probate services. Wills & Probate Fees

What does it all mean

A will is a document drawn up before death outlining your intentions when it comes to the distribution of assets you leave behind your funeral arrangements and beneficiaries.

Probate on   the other hand is the permission to exercise your intentions after death, it is normal for a will to contain the details of the executors who will oversee your wishes after death, they will need to obtain a ‘Grand of Probate’ from the courts to carry out
their duties.

 

Why make a Will

A will says how your funeral should be dealt with, what will happen to your possession and assets when you die. If you die without making a will (“dying intestate”) it can be complicated working out who will get what.

 

What is a valid Will

For a person’s will to be valid they must be

  • mentally capable
  • at least 18 years old

The will must

  • have been made without undue influence
  • be in writing
  • be signed by the person whose will it is and two witnesses
  • signed and witnessed all at the same time.
  • the witnesses should not be people who are named in the will
  • the witnesses should not be the spouse, i.e. husband or wife of the person.
 

What are Executors?

Executors are people named in the will who will carry out the administration of the estate i.e. ensuring that people receive legacies that they are entitled to, debtors are paid etc. An executor can be a person known to the person who made the will (i.e. family, friend etc) or a solicitor.

Upon death the executors will need to apply to the probate registry for a ‘Grant
of Probate’.  The grant is a legal document which confirms that the
executor has the authority to deal with the deceased person’s assets

 

Wills & Probate Fees

Service TypePricing Range From – To
Legal Fees
Will Writing Service£100 – £300 + Vat
Grant Of Probate£450 – £600 + Vat
Administration Of Estate£500 – £3500 + Vat

Typical Disbursements

Service TypePricing £
Probate Fee (Only until 31st March 2019) ***
(see new probate fees table below from 1st April 2019)
£155
Copies of Grant – Price Per Copy£0.50
Oath Settling£12 – £15
Official Copy of Property Register£3

*** Please note this fee is valid until 31st March 2019, after that date the new government probate fees below will be applied.

New Probate Fees from 1st April 2019

From 1st April 2019 the following probate fee table will be applicable:

Estate Value Probate Fee £
   
Up to £50,000.00 NIL
£50,000.00 – £300,000.00 £250.00
£300,000.00 – £500,000.00 £750.00
£500,000.00 – £1,000,000.00 £2,500.00
£1,000,000.00 – £1,600,000.00 £4,000.00
£1,600,000.00 – £2,000,000.00 £5,000.00
Over £2,000,000.00 £6,000.00

*** Probate fees are charged by the government and are in addition to our legal fees.