Probate

Bolton & Co have a probate license from the ICAEW which allows us to handle probate matters from start to finish or simply to assist where help is needed.

HMRC have implemented a new probate fee from 26th January 2022 of £273 for both professionals and individuals.

With many years’ experience in dealing with more complex probate cases the move to providing a full probate service and dealing with the simpler routine aspects also was sensible after the regulatory changes in 2007 which led to the ICAEW becoming authorised in 2014.

Often when an individual dies, a grant of probate is required. This permits the person licensed to carry out probate work to access legal documents such as bank accounts and Wills. This allows the licensed individual to distribute the estate to its beneficiaries and to pay any inheritance tax due. Our Managing Director Tim Bolton is licensed to carry out such activities, after gaining a first in his probate exams, he is more than adept enough to carry out any probate work at a not unreasonable fee.

Probate Facts

At Bolton & Co we offer a service tailored to our clients’ needs, this could not be any truer than with our probate service where we can offer one of four packages to you as shown below.

Please contact us if you need further advice, have any questions about our services, would like a free initial consultation or a fixed fee quote.

Tax Card for y/e 2023

Please use our link above to download the Government’s tax rate card.

Apply to Probate Registry for the Grant of Representation X X X X
Receive Grant of Probate X X X X
Place statutory notices in local newspaper X X X
Review all paperwork (including the death certificate and original Will [if applicable]) X X X
Obtain values of the estate, assets and liabilities X X X
Calculation of inheritance tax due X X X
Calculation of gross and net values of the estate X X X
Advice on searching for lost assets X X
Prepare the Statement of Truth X X
Pay all known debts and liabilities of the estate X X
Pay legacies X X
Finalise the estate tax X
Distribute the residuary estate X

*Prices exclude VAT and disbursements

These prices are based on our experience and are not conclusive, more complex estates may involve additional time and fees.

 

A common misconception with probate is that the majority of the general public believe it is an area for solicitors only. However since accountants have been permitted to study and therefore practice probate, numbers have soared. Often accountants work closely with solicitors when dealing with probate as there is often work that coincides. There is roughly £81 billion dealt with in the current probate system in England and Wales each year, with £5.6 billion in IHT going to HMRC in the 2020-2021 tax year, so it is vital that the right advisor is employed, there are also a number of advantages in working with an accountant as set out in our blogs.

Preparation time is dependent upon the complexity of the case and can be from one week to many months. Once the information is collated, an application can be made in about two weeks. If IHT is payable then an IHT reference needs to be obtained and any IHT paid. This can take 21 days and is subject to available funds.

Once an application is made a normal turnaround time is 28 days before a Grant of Probate is issued. However, if queries are raised then this can take longer.

Auditing

We are registered auditors which is unusual for a small practice which allows us to be competitive. We tend to specialise in unusual audits such as pension schemes and Solicitors Accounts Rules audits. Additionally we take a holistic approach to auditing which can often save on the more frustrating aspects of the role.

Taxation

The key differential is that all tax queries will come through our Director Tim Bolton, who with over 30 years of professional accounting experience is both academically and practically adept in the area of tax. Individual areas of tax legislation are relatively easy to understand. However, it is essential to understand how the area in question fits with all the taxes and provide practical advice based on the individual circumstances.

Overseas Taxation

Bolton & Co provide advice to a number of clients who are based elsewhere in the world but have connections to the UK. We are familiar with dealing with the complexities of international tax and the various Double Taxation agreements. Many of our clients also have accountants in their own countries and communication with them and the client is essential in order to arrive at the best possible solution.

Taxation Generally

We have advised clients on share restructuring, HMR&C clearances and HMR&C enquiries and are very familiar with the processes. We give advice to assist our clients pay the correct amount of tax, being the lowest amount possible. At no stage do we allow this to tip into tax schemes or a process whereby HMRC will be able to raise a challenge without a robust defence.