Case Study 4 - Jonathan’s Story
We were called by a barrister whose father had recently died. He had heard of our service and was keen to have a meeting. Although he obviously had a good understanding of probate, he practiced in another area of the law and wanted Valued Estates to do everything on behalf of his surviving mother as quickly as possible.
His father’s estate included: -
- A will with several gifts to charities
- A four bedroom house and contents in Berkshire
- Guardian Financial Services portfolio
- British Gas
- Thames Water
- Council Tax
- TV license
- Natwest account
- Natwest credit card
- The Coventry Building Society
- BNY Mellon investment
- Local government pension
- State Pension
- Driving license
Our fixed fee was agreed at the outset and covered the following aspects: -
- All postage, letters, emails, telephone calls and return visits to collect documents
- Obtaining written valuations of all assets including savings, house, contents and car etc
- Drafting and swearing the oath on behalf of the mother
- Completing Inheritance Tax forms
- Applying to the probate Registry for the Grant of probate
- Calling in all assets
- Paying back overpayments of pensions
- Paying out gifts to charities in the will
- Making an interim distribution to the mother
- Arranging the transfer of property with the Land Registry
- Transferring all utilities into the mothers’ name
- Obtaining clearance from HMRC regarding Income Tax
- Obtaining clearance from DWP regarding state pension
- Providing comprehensive estate accounts
- Making the final distribution to the mother
Feedback was sent by email every week to both mother and son to keep them updated with progress. We liaised primarily with the son who was able to continue working as normal during the administration process.
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