WILLS, PROBATE, TRUSTS, ESTATE PLANNING, LASTING POWERS OF ATTORNEY &
We have provided Wills and probate services for over forty years,
over twenty of these in Eynsham. We carry out the whole range
of Wills and probate work.
Our Wills and Probate Team
Our principal probate lawyer is Rachel Burrows (MA Oxon) who
has over thirty years experience in this field. Joanna Pellman
(LLB Reading) (who qualified in 1997) deals with some probate
work, although mainly with Wills, Estate Planning, Trusts and
Lasting Powers of Attorney. She has over twenty years experience
of this. Adrian Pellman (LLB London) primarily does the tax and
trust side of this work, in particular where farms, businesses
or overseas properties are involved. He has over forty years
experience of this work.
As to costs, all Wills and estate planning work is charged at
£180 per hour (plus VAT) and probate work at £195
per hour (plus VAT) although work by Adrian Pellman, in his specialised
fields, is charged at £200-£225 per hour (plus VAT).
Our terms of business entitle us to charge a value element in
probate matters but this is charged only infrequently in very
complex, high value or troublesome cases.
In the case of Wills, tax/estate planning, trusts and probate
work do contact us in person or by telephone so we can consider
your individual circumstances and give you a more tailored estimate.
In relation to probate matters, as estates vary considerably
in size, in the nature of their assets and generally in complexity,
so do the costs of administering them vary proportionately.
As a guide, in a straightforward case where the deceased left
a Will and had UK assets such as a home owned outright, savings,
investments and insurance policies and where there are no issues
as to the beneficiaries, we would expect our costs to be in the
range of £1,000-£5,000 (plus VAT).
In a less straightforward case where there are issues with the
Will or where the deceased died intestate, where there are substantial,
trust or foreign assets where tax issues arise or there are issues
regarding the distribution of the estate, we would expect our
costs to be between £3,000 and £12,000 (plus VAT)
and, in very complex cases up to as much as £25,000 (plus
In both of the above cases, if there is a house in the estate
which is sold, there will be our usual conveyancing fees to add
(see the conveyancing part of this website).
We also carry out Court of Protection Deputyship applications
and if you contact us we can give you price information according
to your specific case.
For Lasting Powers of Attorney, in most cases we will complete
all the necessary paperwork for you and go through it with you.
In most circumstances if you wish, one of our solicitors can act
as your certificate provider. We will write to your attorneys
as necessary and deal with the service of the notice which may
be required. We can then deal with the Application for Registration
with the Office of the Public Guardian.
If there are no unusual circumstances, we will do all the work
involved in the preparation, execution and registration of a Lasting
Power of Attorney (LPA) for £400 for one LPA, £550
for two (either an individual making both types or a couple making
one of each), £750 for three and £850 for four (one
couple making both types). The Office of the Public Guardian charges
a registration fee of £82 for each Lasting Power of Attorney,
although fee remission is available in some cases. The above prices
may need to be varied if the matter is complicated by issues regarding
capacity or ability to give instructions or the documents are
to relate to complex assets, in which case, if you contact us
directly we would be pleased to provide an estimate tailored to
Services covered by charges above relating to probate work
These include taking instructions, locating and considering the
terms of the deceaseds Will, in cases of intestacy ascertaining
the entitlement to take out a Grant of Letters of Administration
and to the distribution of the estate, ascertaining the assets
and liabilities of the estate, calculating the inheritance tax
due and completing the necessary Inland Revenue forms, arranging
for payment of inheritance tax, applying for and obtaining the
Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration, calling in the
assets of the estate, paying the liabilities and distributing
the estate to those entitled.
How long will my probate matter take?
The time that it takes from taking initial instructions to the
final resolution of a matter depends largely on the presence or
absence of the various factors mentioned above. In a normal case
this will be between 6 and 18 months, but in complex cases it
can be considerably longer.