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We are a member of Winteam500 Law Group with over 100 branches worldwide in China, Russia, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, USA, Canada, Germany. Our UK branches are located as follows:

Latitude Office:
Unit 1 Latitude
155 Bromsgrove Street
Birmingham B5 6AB
Tel: 0121 6921898
Fax: 0121 6223828

Willenhall Office:
Quickjay Buildings
Bilston Street
West Midlands
WV13 2AW
Tel: 01902 366 615
Fax: 01902 366 614

Please book an appointment through
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Ian Henery Solicitors Limited
Quickjay Buildings
Bilston Street
West Midlands
WV13 2AW
Tel: 01902 366 615
Fax: 01902 366 614

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Ian D. Henery
Irene Yoong-Henery
Bernard K.Y. Yoong
Su Peng Lee
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Ian Henery is Birmingham Law Society's Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year 2015 and he is working from home in Aldridge, Walsall during the Coronavirus lockdown. He is offering residents in Aldridge over the age of 75 a free standard WILL, professionally prepared, for a limited time.

Please email
Irene your passport and driving licence and a utility bill (as proof of address) if you wish to take advantage of this offer. This offer is conditional that you are aged 75 or over and you agree to Ian Henery or another director of this firm being a co-executor in your Last Will and Testament.
includes Couriers, Fantastic Rates, Fast Service, Qualified Solicitors, Satisfaction guaranteed.

Walsall Wolverhampton Birmingham , all areas in England and Wales.

Probate from £1500 plus VAT

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At Ian Henery Solicitors Limited, we know that clients want certainty in an uncertain world. You want good advice which you can trust, without the fear of escalating costs. When a loved one dies, it is extremely distressing and you want someone to take care of the paperwork efficiently and yet offer sensitive support.

OUR FEES based on Hourly Rates

Our hourly fees start at £200 per hour plus VAT. A simple straight forward case involving obtaining Probate will cost around £1500 plus VAT. A simple case which involves obtaining Probate and Administration of the Estate will come to about 2% of the gross value of the estate (meaning the total value of all assets before taking into account funeral expenses and any debts), plus VAT at 20% and disbursements such as Probate Registry Fees (estimated at £156) and valuation fees (estimated at £200 per asset). This quote is for non-contentious Probate work and is valid for all areas of England and Wales. It does not include the cost of selling any property which we can also undertake on a separate fixed fee.

If you prefer our FIXED FEE PROBATE PREMIUM service, we charge 2.5% of the gross value of the Estate, plus disbursements.

Our FIXED FEE service includes:

  • Unlimited advice on the legal and practical issues of probate
  • One price, agreed upfront, instead of the uncertainty of hourly rates
  • Qualified solicitors to supervise all work on your case
  • Qualified accountants to check all the figures and to liase with HM Revenue & Customs
  • Access to a Fixed Fee Conveyancing service if you need a property to be sold
  • Access to future estate planning service for a surviving spouse or beneficiaries
  • Access to a Fixed Fee Will writing service for beneficiaries who may wish to make a new will or update an old one
  • Quality guaranteed. We are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and have to meet the Law Society's stringent rules with regards to best practice, training and insurance. We are insured to a level of £3 million for any claims.
  • Satisfaction guaranteed. If you are not happy with our service, please let us know and we will strive to resolve the problem to your satisfaction. If not, you can complain to the Legal Ombudsman and we will supply you with the contact details.

Why use Ian Henery Solicitors Limited?

  • Fantastic rate for unlimited advice, we offer very good value
  • We will use simple jargon-free language that is easy to understand
  • Accessible offices in Birmingham city centre and Willenhall town centre if you wish to have a face to face chat
  • Accessible legal advice: you can instruct us from anywhere in England and Wales via email, telephone or Skype
  • Free downloadable material on our website
  • Risk free because we have a sterling reputation and hire qualified professionals
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance to £3 million
  • Fast service because we know what we are doing
  • Proven results - please read our clients' testimonials on the home page

When someone dies . . .

The ‘Estate’ is a general word for an individual’s assets of which they have the power to dispose in their Last Will and Testament, such as their house, bank accounts, share accounts, car etc. After somebody dies, ‘Personal Representatives’ are normally appointed to represent the estate, and to administer the assets owned by the deceased. They must make decisions about the day to day management of any assets and are ultimately responsible for distributing those assets in accordance with the deceased’s Will or with the laws of Intestacy (if the deceased died without a valid Will). Personal Representatives can be executors or administrators depending if there is a valid Will.

An Executor is the person appointed by the deceased to administer his/her Estate upon the death of the deceased and this appointment is specifically mentioned in the Last Will and Testament of the deceased. It is usual to have at least 2 executors especially if there is property involved. The Executor will apply to the Probate Registrar for Probate to be granted. If the deceased owns property, the Executor MUST use solicitors as Her Majesty’s Land Registry will not transfer property to the new beneficiaries.

This is the process of carrying out the wishes of the deceased as per his/her Last Will & Testament. This will include contacting all beneficiaries, collecting in all the assets of the deceased, paying all liabilities (bills and debts etc) and paying legal fees and funeral costs. After that process is completed, to pay all pecuniary legacies (gifts of lump sum of money) and then to divide the remainder and pay the residual beneficiaries (what is left in the Estate). When all the Estate has been distributed, the administration of the Estate is concluded.

This refers to an individual who is going to administer the Estate of the deceased when there is no Will.

This is the person who will benefit (ie. inherit part or all of the Estate) when the Estate is distributed by the Executor/Administrator. Sometimes the Beneficiary is also the Executor/Administrator.

Who can apply for Letters of Administration
Broadly speaking, immediate family of the deceased who are next in line to inherit the Estate, can apply for Letters of Administration from the Probate Registrar. If the deceased leaves a surviving spouse or civil partner, he or she is entitled to a grant of Letters of Administration in priority to any other person. This does not include partners living together with the deceased as husband/wife who were not married to the deceased (ie. “common law husband/wife” cannot apply). Divorced spouses cannot apply for Letters of Administration as spouses but if they have children under 18 with the deceased, they may apply as the parent of the minor who has an interest in the Estate.

When to apply for Probate / Letters of Administration
As soon as possible. If there is Inheritance Tax to pay, the Estate may be fined for late payment. Inheritance Tax is due 6 months after the date of death of the deceased.

Where an individual dies without making a Will, their Estate is distributed under the Rules of Intestacy. Generally speaking, these are the categories of who will inherit next :-

  1. Spouse or Civil Partner (ie. “common law husband/wife” cannot inherit)
  2. Children including adopted and illegitimate children
  3. Parents
  4. Siblings
  5. Half -siblings
  6. Grandparents
  7. Aunts and Uncles and cousins (children of the aunt/uncle)

Where the net Estate (after liabilities have been taken into consideration) is worth up to £250,000 the entire Estate goes to the Spouse/Civil Partner free of inheritance tax.

Please contact Ian Henery Solicitors for more information. Tel : 01902 366615 or 0121 6921898.

UK Inheritance Tax Rules 2019-2020
Inheritance Tax is a tax on the estate (the property, money and possessions) of someone who’s died.

There’s normally no Inheritance Tax to pay if either:

  • the value of your estate is below the £325,000 threshold
  • you leave everything to your spouse or civil partner, a charity or a community amateur sports club

If you give away your home to your children (including adopted, foster or stepchildren) or grandchildren, your threshold will increase to £475,000.
If you’re married or in a civil partnership and your estate is worth less than your threshold, any unused threshold can be added to your partner’s threshold when you die. This means their threshold can be as much as £950,000.

Inheritance Tax rates
The standard Inheritance Tax rate is 40%. It’s only charged on the part of your estate that’s above the threshold.

Giving away a home before you die
There’s normally no Inheritance Tax to pay if you move out and live for another 7 years.

If you want to continue living in your property after giving it away, you’ll need to:

  • pay rent to the new owner at the going rate (for similar local rental properties)
  • pay your share of the bills
  • live there for at least 7 years

You don’t have to pay rent to the new owners if both the following apply:

  • you only give away part of your property
  • the new owners also live at the property

If you die within 7 years
If you die within 7 years of giving away all or part of your property, your home will be treated as a gift and the 7 year rule applies.

The additional threshold rates

If someone dies on or after 6 April 2020 and their estate is above the basic Inheritance Tax threshold, the estate may be entitled to an additional threshold before any inheritance tax becomes due. The maximum available amount will go up yearly.

For deaths in the following tax years it will be:

  • £175,000 in 2020 to 2021 (£500,000)

For later years, the threshold will go up in line with inflation based on the Consumer Prices Index.

Therefore, a married couple (or those is a civil marriage) can leave a house worth up to £1 million to their children free of inheritance tax if the couple dies in the 2020/21 tax year.

Call us now on 01902 366 615 to start your Probate case for just £100 payment by debit card - EASY!

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