Direct Access – Probate and Inheritance

Introduction

Becket Chambers deals with all aspects of Probate and Inheritance and the Court of Protection, including appearing on behalf of claimants/applicants, defendants/respondents or third parties.

Our Barristers welcome instructions on both contentious and non-contentious probate claims, applications to the court to make a decision regarding personal representatives, the administration of estates and applications under the 1975 Act for financial provision. We advise and represent estates as well as beneficiaries or interested parties.

Members have experience of cases concerning undue influence, fraud, issues with Executors and Trustees (including breach of their duties), claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, construction of wills and trusts, constructive trusts and proprietary estoppel, validity of wills and issues of testamentary capacity.

For more information on our areas of specialism, and the profiles of the barristers who undertake this work, please visit our website – https://direct2barrister.co.uk/areas/civil/probate-inheritance/

Timescales

Timescales for your case may vary depending on factors such as the type of claim issued, barristers’ availability, the complexity of your case, the need for additional documents, court availability and the level of engagement from the other party. However, as a guide, the more straightforward cases tend to have a hearing date listed within two to six months of a claim being issued. Dependent on whether the parties engage in negotiations, the estimated timescale for the completion of a case may be increased.

Fees

In most cases, we will charge fixed fees. A fixed fee means that we will charge you a set amount of money for a specified item of work. Below, we provide estimates based on the ranges of fixed fees for barristers at Becket Chambers. The range of fees will factor in the varying experiences of our barristers and the nature of each case.

Stage of Case Range of Fixed Fees (estimates)
Initial Case Conference £250 plus VAT
Case Conference £250 – £1,000 plus VAT
Drafting Advice £300 – £1,250 plus VAT
Drafting Proceedings £300- £1,250 plus VAT
‘PTR’ (Pre-Trial Review) £300 – £1,500 plus VAT
‘CMC’ (Case Management Conference) £300 – £1,500 plus VAT
‘CCMC’ (Cost and Case Management Hearing) £600- £2,000 plus VAT
Multi-Track Trial £750 – £15,000 plus VAT
Muti-Track Trial (multi-day) £3,500 – £20,000 plus VAT
Hourly Rate (where applicable) £80 – £250 plus VAT

Contact us

Please note that the fee ranges detailed above are estimates only. Please contact the Clerks on 01227 786331 for further information.

Direct Access – Probate and Inheritance Barristers