Will drafting and Probate Services in Bishops Stortford

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Do you have a current Will that contains all your wishes?

Do you have an old Will that needs amending?

Have you made adequate and legally binding arrangements for your loved ones, should the unexpected happen?

Navigating delicate matters such as writing your will or obtaining probate require a balance of legal acumen and empathy. At Anderson Browne Solicitors, we approach these sensitive issues with the utmost care and respect, ensuring that your wishes are honoured, and your loved ones are provided for.

Our Comprehensive Wills and Probate Services

Drafting and Reviewing Wills

Writing a comprehensive and legally sound will is a crucial step in securing the future for your loved ones. Our experienced solicitors specialise in drafting wills that reflect your wishes accurately. Whether you are creating a will for the first time or need to update an existing one, we are always meticulous and deliver expert guidance to ensure your intentions are clear and legally binding.

Applying for Probate and Letters of Administration

The probate process can be intricate and time-consuming, especially during periods of grief. Anderson Browne Solicitors is here to guide you through every step, whether you are the named executor seeking probate or in need of letters of administration when there is no valid will. Our team works to streamline the process, allowing you to focus on other arrangements and honouring your loved one's memory.

Note: We do not handle complex contentious probate matters.

Assisting with Applications for Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA)

Planning for the future involves more than just distributing assets. Our experienced solicitors are attentive in the creation and registration of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA). We discuss your requirements in a comfortable environment and assist you in appointing trusted individuals to make decisions on your behalf regarding health and financial matters should you become unable to do so. Safeguard your interests and maintain control over your affairs with our expert guidance.

To speak to a member of our expert law team, or arrange a free 15-minute consultation

Why Choose Anderson Browne Solicitors for Wills and Probate:

Expert Guidance: Our solicitors bring expertise in Wills and probate, providing you with informed advice and enabling you to make sound decisions for the future.

Compassionate Support: Dealing with matters of Wills and probate usually involves sensitive and emotional situations. Our team is committed to providing compassionate and professional support, guiding you through the legal processes with empathy and understanding.

Efficient and Thorough Service: Anderson Browne Solicitors prioritizes efficiency without compromising the service quality. We are accessible, and streamline the legal processes, to ensure that your affairs are managed promptly and in accordance with the law.

Secure Your Legacy with Anderson Browne Solicitors:

Planning for the future should not be a daunting task. Anderson Browne Solicitors is here to offer you peace of mind and assurance in securing your legacy and addressing the legal intricacies of probate and lasting powers of attorney. Trust us to provide you with the expert guidance and support needed during these critical moments.

Contact Anderson Browne Solicitors today to schedule a consultation and take the first step in securing your future and the well-being of your loved ones. Your peace of mind is our priority.

Anderson Browne Solicitors Wills and Probate Seminars

We host free Seminars several times a year providing valuable knowledge and experience about these crucial issues and providing a forum for questions and answers in a relaxed environment.

Our Seminars are well received as they simplify issues concerning the drafting of valid Wills, the importance of lasting powers of attorney, and the probate process.

For care home managers and community groups interested in arranging a free seminar, please get on touch with our team (you will require a suitable venue and at least 10 people attending).

Uncontested Probate & Estate Administration

  • Applying for the grant, collecting in and distributing the estate assets
  • Providing you with a dedicated and experienced probate solicitor to work on your matter
  • Identifying the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries
  • Accurately identifying the type of Probate application you will require
  • Obtaining the relevant documents required to make the application
  • Completing the Probate Application and any relevant HMRC forms
  • Drafting a legal oath
  • Submitting the application to the Probate Court on your behalf
  • Obtaining the Probate and securely sending copies to you
  • Collecting in and distributing all assets in the estate

  • There is a valid Will
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries. If disputes arise after a fixed fee is agreed, this will lead to an increase in costs
  • There are no claims made against the estate
  • Any change of circumstances that makes the matter prolonged or complex will lead to an increase in costs

Disbursements (i.e. expenses), are costs related to your matter that are paid to third parties, such as court fees, experts, barristers etc. These expenses are never included in our fees. We require funds on account, in order to handle these expenses to ensure a smooth process. The usual disbursements include (but not limited to):

  • Probate application fee of £273.00
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£3.00 per beneficiary)
  • Additional copies of the grant cost £1.50 each
  • £125.00 Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors
  • £450.00 to £500.00 Post in a Local Newspaper – This helps to protect against unexpected claims
  • Circa £300-£800.00

  • There will be additional costs for any of the following reasons: no Will, estate consists of shareholdings (stocks and bonds), including mixed portfolios, size and complexity of the estate, tracing missing heirs, or assets held outside the UK. We can give you a more accurate quote when we have more information.
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included, and will be charged for separately.
  • If Counsel (i.e. a barrister), is engaged for an opinion or to advise or draft a Deed of Variation, then Counsel’s costs will probably in the range of £1,500.00 to £2,500.00 (excluding VAT). This will be confirmed at the time of instruction.

On average, the process to obtain probate or letters of administration takes within 4 to 6 months.

Hourly Rate
At the lower range, this type of work will typically take between 8 to 12 hours at an hourly rate of £285.00 per hour. The more issues or complexities involved in a matter, the more time will be required. The final cost will depend on the individual circumstances, complexity and duration of the matter.
Simple case Medium complexity case High end / Complex case
The estate will typically have no more than three beneficiaries, up to one property, no more than three bank accounts, no shareholding and no Inheritance tax due. Costs could be in the range of £2,500.00 to £4,500.00 excluding VAT and disbursements. The estate is slightly bigger than at the lower end, may have some shareholding, various bank accounts, one property eligible for RNRB, but no liability for inheritance tax. Costs could be in the range of £5,000.00 to £8,500.00 excluding VAT and disbursements. The estate is more sizeable, complex, or liable for inheritance Tax. Costs will start from £9,000.00 excluding VAT and disbursements. Fees will be assessed at the beginning and reviewed at various stages and you will be kept informed throughout the process.

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