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Wills and Probate Experts

 

The Private Client team at Baxter Harries provides a sensitive, comprehensive and specialist service to clients in relation to all aspects of Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney and the Administration of Estates, including disputes in relation to inheritance or estate administration.

Nobody likes thinking about growing old, losing capacity or dying. But, life changing events have a habit of occurring when you least expect them.

It is important to make sure that your affairs are managed in a way that ensures your family are looked after when you die or when you are no longer able to manage things yourself. We can help.

It doesn’t matter what age you are, or whether you have any assets, it is important that you make a Will to ensure that when you die, your family is taken care of, and your wishes are followed.  We offer a specialist Will writing service for a competitive fixed fee and our service includes advice on tax saving.

Our Private Client team understand how upsetting and difficult it can be to sort out a family member’s affairs after they have died. Often, there are complex legal issues that arise, and sometimes disputes that need to be resolved. Our team have many years of experience so you can feel reassured you are being advised by a sensitive professional.

When you have capacity, you can make decisions about your own affairs, but what happens when you lose the ability to make these decisions?  We can help you put a Lasting Power of Attorney or a living Will in place, so that you know your wishes will be fulfilled and decisions about you will be made by someone you trust.

We will  provide you with the advice and guidance you need to have the peace of mind of knowing that your personal affairs are in order should anything happen to you.

We offer home visits to any clients who are unable to visit us at our office.

Our Wills and Probate services cover

Wills

If you die without having a will, your estate will pass in accordance with the rules of intestacy. This means that your estate may not pass to those who you want it to. We can help you put arrangements in place to ensure that your estate passes to the people who are important to you.

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Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs)

A lasting power of attorney is a way of giving someone you trust the power to make decisions about your financial affairs and/or health and wellbeing if you encounter difficulties that mean you cannot make those decisions yourself. A Last Power of Attorney is an essential document and we can help you put one in place.

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Probate / Contested Probate

Baxter Harries provides specialist advice in relation to the administration of estates and can also provide expert and practical advice when there are disputes about wills or how estates should be administered.

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Living Wills

If you want to leave directions to your next of kin as to what medical treatment you wish to receive in circumstances where you are unable to make those decisions yourself, we can help you make a living will.

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If you would like to speak with one of our private client specialists, please contact us

Non-contested probate - costs

What are the approximate costs of a non-contested probate matter?
Probate and Estate Administration (Non-Contested)Fees range between Steps taken Grant only (non-taxable) £1,000.00 plus VAT * - To advise on the Will or estate; - To obtain accurate valuations of all assets at the date of death; - To complete the IHT205 form as required by HM Revenue and Customs; - To complete all necessary probate papers; - To obtain the Grant from the Court.Grant only (taxable) £1,500.00 - £2,500.00 - To advise on the Will or estate; plus VAT * - To obtain accurate valuations of all assets at the date of death; - To complete the necessary inheritance tax forms as required by HM Revenue and Customs; - To complete all necessary probate papers; - To liaise with HM Revenue and Customs with reference to all matters regarding income tax and inheritance tax matters; - To obtain the Grant from the Court.Complete service (non-taxable) £2,500.00 - £5,500.00 - To advise on the Will or estate; Plus VAT * - To obtain accurate valuations of all assets at the date of death; - To complete the IHT205 form as required by HM Revenue and Customs; - To complete all necessary probate papers; - To obtain the Grant from the Court. - To realise all assets; - To arrange interim distributions to all beneficiaries; - To advise on Deed of Variation where appropriate; - To distribute the Estate; - To include all advice, correspondence, telephone calls, liaising with all financial companies to include all utility companies, creditors and relevant financial institutions as appropriate and attendances throughout.Complete service (taxable) £2,500.00 - £5,500.00 - To advise on the Will or estate; plus VAT * - To obtain accurate valuations of all assets at the date of death; - To complete the necessary inheritance tax forms as required by HM Revenue and Customs; - To complete all necessary probate papers; - To liaise with HM Revenue and Customs with reference to all matters regarding income tax and inheritance tax matters; - To obtain the Grant from the Court; - To realise all assets; - To arrange interim distributions to all beneficiaries; - To advise on Deed of Variation where appropriate; - To settle all inheritance tax and obtain clearance for the executors/administrators; - To distribute the Estate; - To include all advice, correspondence, telephone calls, liaising with all financial companies to include all utility companies, creditors and relevant financial institutions as appropriate and attendances throughout. * In addition disbursement fees are as follows: Swear fee - £5.00 per Executor/ Administrator plus £2.00 per exhibit; Court Fee - £155.00 plus 50p per court sealed copy.Hourly Rate It may be more affordable for our clients to opt for an hourly rate to obtain the Grant and administer the Estate. Fees for our specialist team are charged at an hourly rate of £255.00 plus VAT. Our team are only too pleased to discuss your need with you and provide a bespoke service specific to your needs.

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Our Wills and Probate team

Alisha Francis

Alisha Francis
Office: Ongar

Kim Boylett

Kim Boylett
Office: BasildonOngar

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