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Bereavement is a difficult time for families, and at Larking Gowen we offer a probate service that covers the whole process of administering a deceased person's estate. We can also give advice on all tax issues relating to the estate and beneficiaries, and negotiate any final tax settlements with HMRC.
Before 2014, only solicitors were able to deal with probate, but after that time chartered accountants were able to take up probate work as well. The advantage of using an accountant is that with our experience and knowledge we can advise on income tax, capital gains tax and inheritance tax all together, helping us minimise your overall tax liability.
For our existing clients, we have much of the information we need to deal with the estate on our files which means we can process the probate application quickly and efficiently.
Once you contact us, we'll take the following steps in administering the estate:
We can act as executors or work with the executors named in the will. If you want to deal with some of the work yourself, we can help with tax returns and correspondence with HMRC.
The fees for our services are charged on the basis of the time spent at hourly rates for the individuals involved on your assignment (the cost is dependent on the seniority of the person carrying out the work).
We will provide you with an estimate of our fee for the work that we have agreed to undertake on your behalf, prior to work starting. Additional services will be charged at the relevant hourly rates.
Invoices will be raised throughout the assignment unless otherwise agreed. We do not usually demand settlement of fees until after you have obtained probate and have access to funds in the estate.
Costs incurred on your behalf such as the probate application fee will be added to our charges but are not subject to VAT.
We do not charge fees based on the value of the estate.
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