During this distressing and difficult time having someone you can trust and depend on is important.   Here at Murray Hills Solicitors you can rest assured that our experienced and professional team will guide you through the legal process in a sympathetic and efficient manner, offering support and information every step of the way.   We are committed to offering the highest standard of customer care and firmly believe in the personal touch with a fully informative relationship, we know that lack of information can lead to concern and worry, so we will keep you as informed as possible.

OUR TEAM

Our Private Client Department is experienced in delivering high quality work in all matters relating to wills and estate administration and there are currently two lawyers within the department who may work on your matter. Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by Alexandria Sarah Cartledge who heads up the department.

Alexandria Sarah Cartledge – Company Director

Alexandria heads up the Private Client Department and is a Solicitor with over four years’ experience in private client work, specialising in wills and probate. Alexandria has been working in this area since shortly after she qualified and has helped well over a thousand individuals and families both locally and nationally.

Alexandria qualified as a Solicitor in 2013 after gaining a degree in Law from the University of Hull. She went on to study at the University of Law in York and completed her training contract in Hull. She joined Murray Hills Solicitors Limited in 2014 and became a Company Director in 2015.

Alexandria is a member of the Law Society’s Private Client Section and is accredited by Solicitors for the Elderly.

Alexandria has also completed several professional development courses in probate and estate administration.

Alexandria’s hourly rate is £212.40 inclusive of VAT but most work carried out within the department is done on a fixed fee basis, rather than an hourly rate.

Adam Daniel Biglin – Trainee Solicitor

Adam obtained an upper second class degree in Law from the University of Hull and passed his legal practice course with distinction at the University of Law in Leeds. He joined Murray Hills Solicitors Limited in 2017 as a Paralegal in our Private Client Department and started his training contract with us in September 2018. In addition to wills and probate, he will also gain experience in residential conveyancing and civil litigation before he qualifies as a Solicitor in March 2020.

Adam’s hourly rate is £133.20 inclusive of VAT but most work carried out within the department is done on a fixed fee basis, rather than an hourly rate.

OUR PRICING

Probate

Grant Only

We can assist you with obtaining a grant of probate or a grant of letters of administration.

In either case, you will pay:  £816.00 inclusive of VAT in respect of our fees;  £155.00 in respect of the court fee;  £0.50 in respect of each additional copy of the grant you may require;  £5.00 in respect of each executor that may swear an oath; and  £2.00 when each executor swears an oath if the deceased had made a Will.

Whilst only £816.00 of your monies will be paid to us, we will handle the payment of the other monies to the other parties to ensure a smoother process.

This will cover the cost of:  Meeting with you to advise you on your options and to take your instructions;  Advising you on the information and documentation we will require you to provide us with in order for us to commence work;  Preparing the necessary papers and sending these to you for your approval;  Meeting with you to swear your oath or oaths;  Sending the necessary papers to the court; and  Providing you with the grant and office copies of the same.

Once you are in receipt of the grant, the matter will have concluded and it will be for you to administer the estate.

On average, this will take approximately four to six weeks from beginning to end.

Our prices do not cover the cost of accounting to HMRC when inheritance tax is due to be paid and we would be grateful if you would telephone us on 01262 672249 to either obtain a fixed fee price for obtaining a grant in this case over the telephone or to arrange a free 30 minute no-obligation appointment to discuss your needs and obtain some advice as to your options.

Estate Administration

We can assist you with administering the estate of someone who has passed away, whether they have made a Will or not. We will handle the full process for you.

In either case, you will pay:  the hourly rate of the dedicated lawyer of your choice;  £155.00 in respect of the court fee;  £0.50 in respect of each additional copy of the grant you may require;  £5.00 in respect of each executor that may swear an oath;  £2.00 when each executor swears an oath if the deceased had made a Will;  £2.00 in respect of a bankruptcy search against each beneficiary;  £83.40 in respect of arranging a notice in the London Gazette to protect against claims; and  £126.00 in respect of arranging a notice in the Hull Daily Mail to protect against claims.

Please note that the Hull Daily Mail may not be the most appropriate paper to post a notice in and this cost may therefore vary as each newspaper charges a different fee and the deceased’s local newspaper may charge a different fee to the Hull Daily Mail.

You may also be required to pay further monies such as the cost of clearing and cleaning and insuring the deceased’s property in preparation for sale or the cost of insurance to protect you if a beneficiary cannot be located but each matter will depend upon its unique circumstances. We will usually be able to give you a clear indication of the monies that will be required to be spent on your behalf at the outset of the matter.

This will cover the cost of:  Meeting with you to advise you on your options and to take your instructions;  Advising you on the information and documentation we will require you to provide us with in order for us to commence work;  Identifying the various assets and liabilities;  Preparing the necessary papers and sending these to you for your approval;  Meeting with you to swear your oath or oaths; Sending the necessary papers to the court;  Forwarding the grant, upon receipt, to the relevant financial institutions; Liaising with various institutions to ensure all ongoing matters are concluded; Collecting in all assets; Paying all liabilities; Liaising with the beneficiaries in order that their inheritance may be paid; Preparing estate accounts; and Arranging payment of the estate monies to all beneficiaries.

We anticipate that this will take between 18 and 45 hours’ work at either £212.40 inclusive of VAT or £133.20 inclusive of VAT per hour, dependent upon the experience of your dedicated lawyer.

Total legal fees, excluding monies to be paid to other parties, are estimated at between £3,823.20 inclusive of VAT and £5,994.00 inclusive of VAT.

The exact cost of our legal fees will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property then the costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts then the costs will be at the higher end.

Our estimated costs are for estates where:  there is a valid Will or no uncertainty as to the appropriate beneficiaries;  there is no more than 1 property;  there are no more than 3 bank or building society accounts;  there are no other intangible assets;  there are no more than 3 beneficiaries; there are no disputes between the beneficiaries on the division of the estate;  there are no claims against the estate; and  there is no inheritance tax due to be paid on the estate.

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 9 to 12 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 2 to 3 months. Collecting assets and paying liabilities then follows which can take between 6 to 8 months. Once this has been done, we can distribute the estate which takes between 1 to 2 months.

The best indication you can get as to how much of the estate monies will be spent on legal fees and other monies to be paid out in respect of the administration can be obtained by either telephoning us on 01262 672249 to discuss the individual circumstances over the telephone or to arrange a free 30 minute no-obligation appointment to discuss the same.

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