Our specialised probate team
Ratna and co has over 30 years of experience in delivering high quality work in all matters relating to wills and probate. We have two members of the team who may work on your matter. Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by Mrs Kulanayaki Ratnapalan, Senior Partner and Head of firm.
Kulanayaki Ratnapalan- Solicitor and senior partner
Mrs Ratna was admitted as a solicitor in 1989 after which she established this firm, becoming a Partner in the firm at the same time. She has more than 30 years experience in private client work, specialising in wills and probate. Mrs Ratna has been working in this area since she qualified and has helped thousands of families and individuals. She has been the Senior Partner at Ratna and co Solicitors since its inception and has developed a loyal client base and leads our East Ham office. Nominated by staff for law society’s excellence awards Mrs Ratna heads our Civil Litigation, Immigration, Property and Probate teams and is the Firm’s Compliance Officer for Legal Practice.
Sabiha joined the firm in September 2011 as paralegal and qualified as a Chartered legal executive in December 2015. She was appointed as an associate in January 2012. Having achieved distinction in this area of law whilst studying with the Chartered Institute Of Legal Executives, Sabiha specialises in all matters pertaining to the private client department including Will writing, advising on Lasting Powers of Attorney and matters with regards to the Court of Protection. She has gained significant experience in this area, successfully advising on more than 200 probate and estate matters since qualifying. Her language skills of speaking Urdu, Punjabi & Hindi has assisted with helping many of our local clients.
Whether you are an Executor, personal representative or a beneficiary, Ratna and co Solicitors can deal with the grant of probate of both testate (Will) and intestate (no Will) estates. We can assist you to obtain grants of probate or letters of administration and also provide further services I.e. if you wish to sell property during estate administration and liaise with the beneficiaries.
How much does this service cost
TOTAL: fixed fee of £1200 (incl. VAT).
This includes: Preparing the estate report and obtaining the grant.
Breakdown of costs:
Legal fees £ 1000
VAT on legal fees £200
Disbursements not included in the above fixed fee (approximately £700-800 in total):
• Probate court fee of £215 (nil vat);
• £10 (nil vat) Swearing of the oath (per executor);
• £10 (nil vat) per beneficiary to conduct Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department search;
• £70- 95.50 plus vat to Post notice in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors;
• £ 250-350 plus vat to Post notice in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims;
• £1.50 (nil vat) per extra copy of grant of probate;
• £1.50 (nil vat) per extra copy of grant of probate required for international purpose.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
As part of our fixed fee we will:
• Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate solicitor/legal executive to work on your matter;
• Identify the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries and accurately identify the type of Probate application you will require;
• Obtain the relevant documents required to make the application;
• Complete the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms;
• Draft a legal oath for you to swear and make the application to the Probate registry on your behalf;
• Obtain the Probate and send the same ( with any copies) to you securely;
• If there is no will or the estate consists of any share holdings (stocks and bonds) there may be additional costs which could range significantly depending on the estate and how it is to be dealt with at which time we will give you a more accurate quote after having all the information at hand.
• Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.
How long will this take
Typically, obtaining the grant of probate can take about 8-12 weeks.