We provide services on a range of private client matters, including the re-sealing of foreign grants and English grant-only applications; for the sake of clarity we do not provide legal services in relation to estate administration.
We are required by professional regulation to publicise the basis of our re-sealing of foreign grants and English grant-only applications services.
Our experience and qualifications
Private Client lawyers
All matters will be led and delivered by one of our private client solicitors holding a current certification from the Solicitors Regulation Authority to practice as a solicitor. Our (non-partner) private client solicitors are supervised by a private client legal partner who is also a solicitor.
- Private Client Legal partner (solicitor) Sophie St John (Central London based); and
- Private Client Manager (solicitor) Alix Langrognat (Central London based).
Assistance on cases may be provided by a highly experienced legal secretarial team.
Price and timing information
Area of practice: Re-sealing of foreign grants / English grant only applications and our fees
Our fees. Please be aware that the price range shown is an estimate for a standard case. A case-specific estimate can be obtained by contacting us.
Our pricing is based on hourly rates, but the following information refers to amounts rather than hours.
A re-sealing application / grant-only application: this depends on the information made available to us at the outset and whether the estate is taxable or not. A typical range of cost is £3,500 to £10,000 plus VAT (where applicable) and disbursements (see below).
We do not offer conditional fee agreements, damages-based agreement or charge a percentage of the estate’s value.
Disbursement costs – payable to third parties
These typically include (but are not limited to)
- Application fees for a grant of probate – the fee is based on the value of the estate; the fee will be between £250 and £6,000 (the maximum for estates over £2 million), the fee is not subject to VAT.
- Oath and/or affidavit fees – ranging from £10 to £50 (the fees are not subject to VAT).
- Foreign notary fees – the fee will depend on the notary engaged (whether a value added tax, or equivalent, is charged on the fee will depend on the jurisdiction in question).
- Statutory advertising – in the region of £200 plus VAT.
- Unclaimed asset register search fee – fees vary depending on the provider used; we estimate in the region of £200 plus VAT.
- Missing share certificate indemnity fees – these will vary depending on the share registrar; they are subject to VAT.
- Valuation fees – starting from £500 plus VAT for residential property, up to £2,500 plus VAT for specialist tax valuations.
Our typical service includes (but is not limited to)
- Preparing of documents including Oath, affidavits, power of attorney.
- Calculating inheritance tax.
- Obtaining release of funds.
- Tax advice linked, and limited, to the re-sealing / grant-only application – inheritance tax.
- Liaising with executors, administrators, beneficiaries, HMRC and any other appropriate third parties.
- In relation to intestacy, advising on appointment of personal representatives.
Please note that we, along with our colleagues in RSM UK and RSM International, can assist with a wider range of work (e.g. tax planning, reporting and compliance, deeds of variation, cross border issues), if needed.
What is not included
- Estate administration.
- Sale of property.
- Deeds of variation and associated tax advice (e.g. inheritance tax, capital gains tax, income tax).
- Acting as your attorney in any grant application.
There are no fixed rules for these types of matters as each case will depend on its own facts and the information made available to us. We will aim to give you an indication of timescales once we have the information from you.
At a minimum, we would advise that three to four months is required to complete the re-sealing or grant of probate application. If there are complicating factors, this can increase to eight to 12 months. You will be kept updated regularly as to the timescales.
Common factors which increase the timings are:
- checking the validity of the deceased’s Will;
- obtaining information from foreign courts and advisers;
- dealing with share registrars and lost share certificates / obtaining indemnities; and
- preparation of tax certificates where required.
If the deceased died without leaving a will, the process is likely to take longer due to additional work involved in establishing their estate and identifying the beneficiaries. Given the potential foreign elements, additional evidence may be required from a foreign qualified legal adviser and/or foreign courts.
Regulatory and complaint information
Our complaints procedure is as follows:
We want to give you the best possible service. However, if at any point you become unhappy or concerned about the service we have provided, then you should inform us immediately, so that we can do our best to resolve the problem.
In the first instance, it may be helpful to contact the person who is working on your case to discuss your concerns and we will do our best to resolve any issues at this stage. If you would like to make a formal complaint, then you can read our full complaints procedure here. Making a complaint will not affect how we handle your case.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority can help you if you are concerned about our behaviour. This could be for things like dishonesty, taking or losing your money or treating you unfairly because of your age, disability or other characteristic.
You can raise your concerns with the Solicitors Regulatory Authority.
What to do if we cannot resolve your complaint
The Legal Ombudsman can help you if we are unable to resolve your complaint ourselves. They will look at your complaint independently and it will not affect how we handle your case.
Before accepting a complaint for investigation, the Legal Ombudsman will check that you have tried to resolve your complaint with us first. If you have, then you must take your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman:
- within six months of receiving a final response to your complaint, and
- no more than six years from the date of act/omission; or
- no more than three years from when you should reasonably have known there was cause for complaint.
If you would like more information about the Legal Ombudsman, please contact them. Solicitors Regulation Authority
Call: 0300 555 0333 between 9am to 5pm.
Legal Ombudsman PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ
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- private client legal services;
- employment law services;
- corporate legal services;
- commercial legal services; and
- partnership and LLP legal services.
RSM Legal LLP is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA No.626317)