Wills and Probate

Wills and Property Solicitors in Manchester

With the help of John Poyser Solicitors, we can ensure that your assets will be protected and safeguarded for future generations. Our wills and probate solicitors will combine their knowledge and skills so that you feel in complete control of the entire process that can sometimes be difficult to plan.

It is important to note the real value of a professionally executed will and our specialist solicitors will assist you in every stage of the process. We can aid you in planning your estate in a tax efficient way, thereby reducing your liability for inheritance tax for example. It will also mean that your estate will be bequeathed, as much as possible, in accordance with your own wishes.

Our solicitors are happy to be appointed executors to administer your estate, either solely or in conjunction with any other person you may choose. With our assistance, the distribution and administration of your estate will be as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Probate Solicitors in Manchester

We understand that, following the death of a loved one, dealing with legalities can be extremely difficult and upsetting for a family. Our probate solicitors can explain the necessary steps of how the deceased person’s estate will pass. John Poyser Solicitors also provides Family Solicitors in Manchester.

We can guide you if there is a will in place or if the estate will pass under intestacy rules.

Private Client Solicitors

Our private client department is specialists in issues concerning the elderly. We can provide expert legal advice and representation in the following areas:

1. Lasting power of attorney
2. Living wills e.g. advanced decision to refuse treatment
3. Enduring powers of attorney
4. Court-appointed deputies
5. Entering care and strategies which may reduce liability for nursing home fees

Our solicitors are also able to be appointed as Court Appointed Deputies if there is no other suitable person who is either able or willing to take the role. This can be so, even if there is a substantial family dispute.

We are able to draft straightforward wills for a fixed fee whilst for more complex estate planning we will be able to provide estimates based upon the expected work which will be undertaken.

Wills

Our fees in relation to the drafting and preparation of a standard simple Will is £200 plus VAT of £40 a total of £240

For simple Mirror Wills our fees are £300 plus VAT of £60 a total of £360.

In the event that additional work is required to prepare either a simple Will or Mirror Wills then we will quote for any additional work to be undertaken.

Probate

Our Probate Department has many years of experience collectively in delivering high quality work in all matters relating to Wills and estate administration. In particular, the Department has particular expertise in high value estates and Inheritance Tax matters.

John Poyser Solicitors do not charge for an initial conversation about the estate of a deceased. This gives us an opportunity to discuss how we can help in relation to the administration of an estate and we can discuss with you what our likely costs are to be.

In terms of charges for handling the full process of administering an estate, we would always provide you with an estimate which sets out a minimum and maximum charge.

Currently, our fees are calculated on the following basis:-

10 – 15 hours work at our standard charging out rate of £217 per hour plus 1% of the gross value of the estate.

Our fees are likely to be between £2,170 together with VAT of £434 amounting to £2,604 and £3,255 together with VAT of £651 amounting to £3,906.

There are various factors which affect this range which are as follows:-

  • The size of the estatE
  • The number of individual assets held and liabilities which need to be investigated
  • The number of executors and beneficiaries
  • The level and detail of information provided about the deceased and their assets.

Please note that the average estimate provided above is based on an average estate which is administered. We will provide, in relation to each estate, either a full specific quote or estimate which can always be obtained before we proceed to undertake any work.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs relating to the administration of an estate that are payable to third parties, such as Probate Court fees. We will handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf and the following is a summary of the likely disbursements:

  • Probate Court fee – £155.
  • Additional copies of the grant of representation – £0.50 each
  • Bankruptcy search against each beneficiary – £2 each
  • Valuation of assets, including property, jewellery/antiques and share valuations
  • Fees payable to trace any missing beneficiaries
  • Obtaining copy documents such as grants of probate and marriage certificates to claim any transferable Inheritance

Tax allowances

Should we be required to simply apply for Letters of Administration then we will charge a fixed fee of £750 plus VAT of £150 a total of £900.
Stages in Connection with the Administration of the Estate
In terms of administering an average estate, it can take between 2 to 6 months to obtain a Grant of Probate. Collecting the assets then follows the issuing of a Grant of Probate, followed by distribution.
Therefore, after a Grant of Probate has been issued, it is likely to take a further 1 to 3 months afterwards if the assets are all capable of being collected at that point.

In terms of an overall timescale, for the average estate it takes between 3 to 12 months to administer and often this depends on whether or not there is a property which has to be sold in an estate.

Work Involved

Once we have provided you with a quote or estimate, this will cover the following work:

  • Ascertaining the value of all the assets held in the estate, which includes the balances held in any bank or building society accounts, the value of any shares and other investments and any properties which are owned
  • Identifying the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries of the estate
  • Accurately identifying the type of probate application which will be required
  • Completing the relevant H M Revenue & Customs forms and if the estate is subject to Inheritance Tax, arranging for the payment of any tax to be made
  • Preparing the Oath papers for swearing by the personal representatives to enable us to submit an application to the Probate Registry to obtain the grant of representation, which is the formal authority to handle the assets and distribute the estate
  • Arranging to collect in the assets of the estate and paying any funeral expenses and other debts
  • The preparation of an estate account in respect of monies received and paid out on behalf of the estate for your approval, prior to distributing the estate
  • Answering any enquiries from the Department for Work & Pensions in the event of any benefits being received during the lifetime of the deceased
  • Finalising the Income Tax affairs of the deceased

For any further information on how we can help you, please contact us.

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