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Wills, Probate and Lifetime planning

If there is one thing that every adult should do when planning the rest of their life, it is to make a Will.

A good Will ensures that your assets are passed onto those you love and care about. It protects them from additional stress at an already painful and distressing time. Making a Will provides you and your family with real peace of mind.

When a person dies, our specialists can deal with the complexities of administering the estate.

Similarly, a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that nominates someone to run your affairs if you lose mental capacity through accident, illness or old age.

– We have an expert team who specialise in all aspects of lifetime planning
– We can arrange Wills, LPAs and act as administrators
– Call us now for your free telephone consultation

Click here to download your Will Instructions Form.

Probate Funding Options

Administering an estate typically involves the Personal Representatives extracting a Grant with the
Probate Registry to enable them to access or sell assets.

Hewitts Solicitors charge for administration work at a rate of £220.00 per hour. The time it takes to
complete the administration will depend of the complexity of the estate and the assets involved.

As part of the Administration of an Estate, payments to third parties, known as disbursements, will usually be made. A Statement is now required. If any document needs to be sworn by an Executor, there is usually a £7 fee payable, with a £2 supplement payable for each additional document.

For most estates where a Grant is required a charge of £155.00 to the Probate Registry will apply.
Each asset will usually require a sealed copy of the Grant at an additional charge of £1.50.
A creditors notice will usually be published. This protects the executors against any Legal action
against them for unidentified debts. The notice is published in a local newspaper and the London
Gazette at a cost of around £200.

A Land Charge search will also be made against the name of every beneficiary when they receive
their legacy, at a charge of £2.00. This protects the Executors against proceedings by Trustees in


Lee Wardman of Wardman Brown Architects, Leyburn and Darlington.

Architect Lee Wardman chose Hewitts to draw up his Will after a glowing recommendation from a friend.

“Hewitts came highly recommended and with good reason – they were excellent throughout the entire process. The whole thing was entirely hassle-free.”

With a growing business portfolio to look after Lee didn’t have a lot of time – so Hewitts took instructions over the telephone. “It was so simple – just a phone call really. They asked me what I wanted and to outline my circumstances, then they went away and drew up the Will.”

And with Hewitts holding on to a copy of Lee’s Will for safe-keeping free of charge he knows his family’s future is in safe hands.