Probate Fees

We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf. We will also undertake the collecting and distributing of assets.

How much does this service cost?

For a simple Estate where there is a single property, bank accounts and straight forward Will our services are provided on a fixed fee basis.

TOTAL: fixed fee of £500 (plus VAT).

This includes: obtaining the grant, collecting assets and distributing them. The fixed fee is on the basis that there are no complex investments, stocks and shares, life assurances, trusts, charities and Inheritance Tax.

Breakdown of costs:

Legal fees £500

VAT on legal fees £100

Disbursements (£430.60 in total)*:

  • Probate court fee of £157.
  • £7 Swearing of the oath (per executor).
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary).
  • £84.60 Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.
  • £180 Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims. This fee is a general estimate and would be dependent on the number of words in the advertisement.

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.

*The total set out for the disbursements is on the basis that there is only one executor, one beneficiary and that advertisements are placed in The London Gazette and one Local Newspaper. The total will vary in relation to the specific requirements of the Estate.

As part of our fixed fee we will:

  • Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate solicitor to work on your matter
  • Identify the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries
  • 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
  • Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf
  • Obtain the Probate and securely send two copies to you
  • Collect and distribute all assets in the estate

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6 – 9 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 6 – 8 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 6 – 8 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 6 – 8 weeks.

Complex Estates

For a more complex estate, which can include investments, inheritance tax etc. we charge on an hourly basis. Our hourly rates for a Solicitor dealing with the estate are £190, and a Legal Assistant’s rates are £110. Generally, the work is carried out by a Legal Assistant and supervised by a Solicitor. A complicated Probate could cost  in the region of £2000 upwards. In addition to this VAT and disbursements will be payable.

This includes: obtaining the grant, collecting assets, dealing with the inheritance tax and distributing them.

It is difficult to anticipate how long this will take as the number of hours spent on a complex estate will be dependent on the particular circumstances applying to it. However, it could take between 15 and 50 hours work at £110 – £190 per hour. On this basis the potential total could be in the region £1,650 – £9,500 (+VAT).

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, investments and trusts, costs will be at the higher end.

We will handle the full process for you. The fees indicated are for estates where:

  • There is a valid will
  • There is no more than one property
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs
  • There are no claims made against the estate

Disbursements (£430.60 in total)*:

  • Probate court fee of £157.
  • £7 Swearing of the oath (per executor).
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary).
  • £84.60 Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.
  • £180 Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims. This fee is a general estimate and would be dependent on the number of words in the advertisement.

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.

*The total set out for disbursements is on the basis that there is only one executor, one beneficiary and that advertisements are placed in The London Gazette and one Local Newspaper. The total will vary in relation to the specific requirements of the Estate.

Potential additional costs

  • If there is no will or the estate consists of any share holdings (stocks and bonds) there is likely to be additional costs that could range significantly depending on the estate and how it is to be dealt with. We can give you a more accurate quote once we have more information.
  •  Additional copies of the grant.
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.

How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range can take between 9 months and 2 years.

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