There are some circumstances (set out below) when it is best for you to seek legal advice. Call us for a free no obligation chat.
Seek Legal Advice
It is wise to seek legal advice no matter how small and simple the estate may seem at first. This is because a firm of Solicitors will leave no stone unturned when administering the estate. Some small estates can be administered without legal help. However, there are some circumstances set out below when it would be very wise to seek legal help and advice. We find that many people simply do not want the worry and hassle and simply instruct a good firm of Solicitors (such as ourselves) to deal with the administration of an estate and do most of the work so you can concentrate on more important things and coming to terms with your loss.
Circumstances When It Is Highly Advised You Seek Legal Advice
It is always best to seek legal help and advice in the following circumstances:
- Children under 18;
- Property needs to be sold or transferred;
- The estate has a value of over £5,000;
- The estate may be complicated;
- Inheritance Tax may need to be paid;
- The deceased owned a business;
- Possible dispute or arguments;
- Any unusual circumstances.
Legal fees are charged on the amount of time it actually takes to administer the estate. These can range from around £1,000 to £2,000 plus VAT and disbursements for most estates. Solicitors will give you an estimate of what they will charge in advance.
Most solicitors’ fees are actually very reasonable compared with using other organisations such as banks or other probate companies. It is worth noting that banks, some solicitors and other organisations sometimes charge on a percentage of the value of the estate which can prove to be more expensive than on a time basis.
We at Seatons charge low sensible fees. Call us for a free no obligation chat and estimate.
Free Legal Advice
If you have any questions that you feel you can’t answer yourself then please call us for a free no obligation chat over the phone where we will do our best to point you in the right direction.
Probate & Estate Specialists
I’m Adrian Chambers and specialise in Probate and Estate matters. We aim to provide our clients with an outstanding legal service.
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