Probate Solicitors Hull

What is probate and what does it mean

If the unfortunate happens and somebody dies it is the task of the Executors (whoever they may be) to obtain what is called a Grant of Probate. Very often people are now choosing relatives to be their Executors rather than solicitors however obtaining probate and being an Executor is not always easy. It is for that reason that James Legal's Probate Team are here to help.

Being an Executor is easy. Really!

If it is your responsibility to deal with an estate and the deceased person has left you with up to date details of their property, where all their money is held, details of any debts as well as beneficiaries who are happy to wait in the background until they receive their money then fantastic, you are part of a very rare club and would suggest that you deal with the matter yourself!

However, the usual reality is when a person dies they leave random pieces of paper relating to various accounts with numerous banks, they have debts no one in the family were aware of, they have been claiming benefits which they weren't entitled to as they didn't fully understand the process and beneficiaries want their money straight away.

Ease the stress

If it makes it easier for you, gather together every item of post, scrap of paper and bank statement relating to the deceased person and put them in a box or carrier bag and drop them off for us to sort out. We shall contact banks, building societies, benefit agencies and any other relevant organisations to work out exactly how much the deceased person's estate is worth. Then we will arrange for the debts to be cleared. At this point we shall prepare full estate accounts and the beneficiaries will be paid their share of the estate. You will have the reassurance that all your Executors duties are being carried out correctly in accordance with the law.

We don't know the beneficiaries and so, although we are happy to speak to them daily, we will not feel pressured into giving them their money before the matter has been dealt with properly. If they have any questions about their share of the estate, let them hassle us and not you!

It does not have to cost the earth

With Banks charging 4.5% of the estate value even a modest estate of £150,000 would set you back £6,750. We understand that fixed fees are important to a lot of people but people are also wary of fixed fees relating to probate especially in cases where the amount of work does not justify the fixed fee. Therefore, our policy is to charge an hourly rate to a maximum of 1.5% of the estate. We can't be fairer than that!

Why not take advantage of our free client introduction meeting and free initial advice meeting.

Chris Hutchinson

Senior Solicitor

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