Private Client Department

Charis Muir - Solicitor & Partner

Charis is the head of the department and has over 16 years' experience in Private Client work.  Charis joined the firm in 2001 having worked for a number of different law firms in the South East.  Charis specialises in both taxable and non-taxable estates including those with a foreign element.

Harald Gardiner - Solicitor

Harald qualified as a solicitor in 1988 and has specialised in Private Client work for over 15 years'.  Harald has worked in the Dover/Deal area for most of his career, having previously worked in Oxfordshire.   Harald is particularly skilled at dealing with high value complex estates.

Isobel Povah – Solicitor

Isobel qualified as a solicitor in March 2015 and since qualification has specialised in Private Client work.  She has become skilled at dealing with all aspects of Private Client work and has dealt with both taxable and non-taxable estates.

Zara King - Solicitor

Zara qualified as a solicitor in July 2019.  Before joining the firm in 2018, Zara graduated with a 2:1 in Law from the University of Southampton and went on to complete her Legal Practice Course with distinction.

Stephanie Somers - Chartered Legal Executive

Stephanie qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2017. Before joining the firm, Stephanie graduated from the University of Winchester in 2012 with a Law Degree.

Private Client Fees

Outline Prices for an Uncontested Probate

This quote is for estates where:

  • There is a valid will
  • There is no more than one property
  • There are no more than 5 bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are 2 – 4 beneficiaries
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs
  • There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC
  • There are no claims made against the estate

Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets

We anticipate this will entail between 5 and 10 hours work at £225.00 per hour excluding VAT at 20%.  In addition to the hourly work, we will also charge for letters sent and telephone calls at £22.50 per unit (1/10th of the hourly rate) excluding VAT at 20%.

Our total costs are estimated at between £1,500.00 and £3,000.00 excluding VAT at 20%.

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, our costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, our costs will be at the higher end.  We will handle the entire process for you.

Disbursements (not subject to VAT) not included in this fee

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. These may include some or all of the following:

  • Probate application fee of £155.00
  • £7.00 Swearing of the oath (per executor)
  • £140 - £160.00 per post in The London Gazette and a Local Newspaper– Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.

We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Potential additional costs

  • If there is no will or the estate consists of any share holdings (stocks and bonds) there is likely to be additional costs that could range significantly depending on the estate and how it is to be dealt with. We can give you a more accurate quote once we have more information.
  • If any additional copies of the grant are required, they will cost £0.50 (1 per asset usually).
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included, please see our Conveyancing calculator for any costs involved in this.

How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6 and 12 months.

Typically, obtaining the Grant of Probate takes between 2 and 4 months; this is subject to any delay by HMRC or other third parties. 

Collecting and distributing assets follows; the time this takes depends on the assets within the estate.  As soon as we are aware of the nature of these, we will be able to advise you further.

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