Probate team and costs


The Probate team

We are a well-established department across our three offices; Chester, Wrexham and Llanrwst. Our team consists of 14 fee earners, who have over 40 years’ experience in delivering high quality work in all matters relating to Wills and Estate Administration.

We have 3 full members of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP), which is the global professional association for practitioners who specialise in family inheritance and succession planning www.step.org

Our team has expertise in all types of estates, ranging from relatively straight forward matters to complex high value and multi-jurisdictional ones. We are also able to advise you on Inheritance Tax matters and claims for Business Property and Agricultural Property relief.

We appreciate that dealing with someone’s affairs after they have passed away can be daunting and traumatic. We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of  Representation on your behalf. We can also undertake the collection and distribution of assets.

The team are listed at the bottom of the page.

Between them, Karl Beckett and Steve Davies who are both Directors at Allington Hughes supervise all Probate matters.

How much does this service cost?

These prices cover estates that are uncontested and where all the assets are in the UK. We set out here our pricing structure which shows a range of costs and scenarios.

The exact cost of dealing with any probate matter is dependent on a number of factors.  For example, whether or not there is a Will, the number of beneficiaries/monetary bequests, the number and type of assets held by the deceased, whether any reliefs can be claimed and whether the estate is taxable. If these factors apply there may be additional work which may increase our charges.

We are able to offer, as an alternative to our usual charging structure above, fixed fees in certain circumstances. The fixed fee option can provide certainty regarding the overall cost of your matter.

Please click here for details of our fixed fees and we can discuss with you whether these are suitable options for you.

Our costs do not include:

Any Inheritance Tax payable.

Any Income Tax payable during the lifetime of the Deceased or for the administration period, and similarly any Capital Gains Tax, or the calculation of either Tax.  (We do not routinely prepare Tax Returns; we normally instruct Accountants to do that.)

An inquiry raised by The Department for Work and Pensions.

The costs involved in relation to the sale or purchase of any property and/or shares in the estate.

For examples of the likely disbursements in a Probate matter, please click here.

Key stages

As part of our fees we will in all cases:

Provide you with a dedicated and experienced team member to work on your matter.

Take your initial instructions, renew the papers and advise you on the matter.

Identify the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries.

Accurately identify the type of Probate application you will require.

Obtain the relevant documents required to make the application.

Complete the probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms.

Prepare the Oath for you to swear.

Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf.

Obtain the Probate and send a copy to the Executor(s)/Administrator(s).

Collect and distribute all assets in the estate.

The stages set out above are an indication only and if some of the stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may wish to handle part of the matter yourself and involve us in relation to only some of the stages. This can be arranged to suit your needs.

How long will my matter take?

Non-taxable Estate

It will take between four and six weeks from the date of our instructions to obtain full and proper valuations of the Deceased’ assets; in the case of property however this may take longer.  Once papers have been submitted to the Probate Court it takes approximately two to three weeks for the Grant to be issued.  Once the Grant has been received it usually takes about three to six months to finalise matters.  Sometimes however when property and/or shares are involved this may be longer.

Although we will explain this to you, if relevant, if there is a requirement for the submission of a full Inheritance Tax Account to the Revenue, even though there is no Tax to pay, then once the Account has been submitted it usually takes three to four weeks for the Revenue to issue the stamped Probate Summary for production to the Probate Court at which time we can submit the papers to the Probate Court.

Taxable Estate

It will take between four and six weeks from the date of our instructions to obtain full and proper valuations of the Deceased’ assets; in the case of property however this may take longer.  Once the Inheritance Tax Account has been submitted to the Revenue it usually takes three to four weeks for the Revenue to issue the stamped Probate Summary for production to the Probate Court.  Once the papers have been submitted to the Probate Court it usually takes two to three weeks for the Grant to be issued.  Once the Grant has been received it usually takes about three to six months to finalise matters.  Sometimes however when property and/or shares are involved this may be longer.

Alistair Jones

Alistair Jones

Consultant Solicitor
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Angharad Hird

Angharad Hird

Associate Solicitor
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Bethan Mackinnon

Bethan Mackinnon

Solicitor
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Di

Denise Edwards

Probate clerk
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Hannah Barnes

Hannah Barnes TEP

Senior Associate Solicitor
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Iona Davies

Iona Davies

Probate Clerk
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John Marshall

John Marshall

Solicitor
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Kathy Dodd

Karl Beckett TEP

Director
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Mai

Mai Wynne Lewis

Trainee Solicitor
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Satnaam Kaur is a solicitor in our Wills, Trusts and Probate department.

Satnaam Kaur

Solicitor
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Steve Davies

Steve Davies TEP

Director
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Stuart Duckett

Stuart Duckett

Solicitor
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Val Stewart

Val Stewart

Associate member of CILEx
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