After difficulties that families experience of bereavement, probate is one of the many issues that need to be dealt with during the difficult times.

We at Gangar & Company offer a service to deal with the administration of the estate on your behalf. You can contact us so that we can offer you practical support and advice in order to have matters resolved as quickly as possible.

Probate is estate administration and deals with assets and liabilities of an estate and executing the will in accordance with the instructions of the deceased. If the deceased has passed away without making a will, then their estate will need to be distributed in accordance with the rules of intestacy.

In order for a distribution of the estate, the executors named in the will may have to apply for a grant of probate or if the person who passed away had not made a will, then the next of kin may need to apply for what you call letters of administration.

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If you are one of the persons whose name in the will as in executor then you can apply for probate.

If the person who passed away did not make a will and you are the next of kin, then the order of priority for applying for letters of administration is in the following order: –

  • Spouse
  • Children (including children adopted by the person who has passed away but excluding step child)
  • Parents
  • Siblings
  • Grandparents
  • Uncle or Aunt

Obtaining the grant of probate or letters of administration can be a relatively complex area, but we at Gangar & Company will guide and advise you throughout the process.

Expenses & Timescales

Our estimate of cost will include advising you on what information you will need, attend to you at the office and obtain that information from you and then to submit the completed application to your local Probate Registry.

Your application to the Probate Registry will include the original will plus two copes, the statement of truth, the inheritance tax form and the application fee.

In terms of timescales, it is difficult to predict the actual time because each application may vary however, we normally estimate that in order to obtain the grant of probate, that can take between 3 to 9 months to deal with the estate and about 3 months to obtain the letter of administration or grant of probate.

If we are instructed to deal with the sale of any property owned by the deceased there will be additional charges.

Please note that VAT is charged at 20%.

Our fees are on average are between £1,000 to £2,000 plus VAT @ 20% plus disbursements and probate fee. We will inform you of the up-to-date probate fee before that application is submitted.

Our legal fees in relation to probate are dependent on the value and nature of the assets involved and whether there is a will or not in existence.

Once we are aware of all the information relating to your matter, we will then be in a position to advise you with a more accurate estimate of costs, which we will keep to unless there are any unforeseen circumstances and if this happens, we will update you regarding our costs beforehand.

Please contact us to discuss matters.

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