Wills, Trusts & Probate

Planning ahead to look after your loved ones and dealing with matters when someone has sadly passed away can be difficult issues to address, both practically and emotionally.

GHW Solicitors work with care and sensitivity, giving you all the guidance and advice you need to make decision that are right for you and for future generations.

Wills

If you die without making a Will this can lead to uncertainty, disputes and your loved ones may not be adequately provided for. Making a Will is about taking control and putting safeguards in place so that things are a little easier for those you leave behind. Here at GHW Solicitors we will listen to your needs and then provide you with sound advice, including the best way to structure your Will to protect your assets for the future.

We make our fees clear from the start, and there are no hidden extras for storing or releasing your Will. We can also arrange house or hospital visits if you are unable to come see us in the office.

Fees

Our Wills are charged on a fixed fee basis. A basic Will will be charged at £150 plus VAT.  After your initial discussion/meeting with one of our solicitors, we will be able to advise you of the cost of  your Will if it falls outside of the simple Will band.

Trusts

If you would like to set up a trust in your Will to minimise inheritance tax liability or to provide for beneficiaries who may be too young to inherit or unable to manage an inheritance themselves, we will advise you on how best to ensure that your wishes are met.

We can also help if you want set up a trust during your lifetime rather than through your Will. We will guide you through the process and can draft all the relevant documentation for you.

If you are a trustee and need guidance on managing a trust, we can provide expert advice either on a one-off basis or long term.

Fees will depend on the complexity and type of trust. Please call us for a quote.

Probate

The death of a loved one is a very difficult time. GHW Solicitors have the expertise and experience to help you through. We understand however that dealing with probate matters is often the last thing on your mind. That’s why we are committed to providing a professional, sensitive and efficient service tailored to meet your needs.

Fees

GHW do not charge for an initial conversation about the estate of a deceased. We will discuss with you what is required and how we can help. We will discuss with you what our likely costs are to be.

In terms of charges for handling the full process of administering an estate, we would always provide you with an estimate which sets out a minimum and maximum charge.

In respect  of administering an estate which does not involve the payment of Inheritance Tax and does not require the submission of an Inheritance Tax Account and if the value of the estate does not exceed £300,000 gross, our fees are likely to be between £1,000 plus vat and £3,000 plus vat.

In addition to our fees there will also be Disbursements. These  are costs relating to the administration of an estate that are payable to third parties, such as Probate Court fees.

Such fees are likely to include

Probate Court fee – £155

Additional copies of the grant of representation – £0.50 each – one is usually needed to deal with each asset

Bankruptcy search against each beneficiary – £2 each

Valuation of assets, including property, jewellery/antiques and share valuations

Fees payable to trace any missing beneficiaries

Obtaining copy documents such as grants of probate and marriage certificates