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Probate Pricing Information

Applying for the Grant of Probate

We can apply on your behalf for the Grant of Probate to an estate. This applies to cases where:

  • There is a valid will
  • The estate is below the nil rate band (currently £325,000)
  • There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC
  • All relevant information relating to the assets and liabilities of the estate are provided.

We will:

  • Meet with you to discuss the estate and your instructions
  • Prepare the probate papers including the oath, Revenue forms, and any necessary notices or affidavits
  • Meet with you to arrange the signing of the probate papers
  • Arrange for the submission of the papers to the probate registry.

Our fees for obtaining the Grant of Probate only are £950 plus VAT.  Our fees do not include correspondence with the institutions to obtain the necessary estate information and the administration and distribution of the estate assets.  Such work would be charged in addition, based on hourly rates of between £165 plus VAT and £230 plus VAT, based on experience.

We can correspond with the institutions to obtain the necessary estate information to apply for the Grant of Probate in cases where:

  • There is no more than one property
  • There are no more than six bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets.

Applying for the Grant of Probate and obtaining the estate information

We anticipate that corresponding with the institutions will involve an additional three to four hours work in addition to the Grant of Probate application fixed fee of £950 plus VAT. The hourly rates of our fee earners range from £165 plus VAT to £230.00 plus VAT.  Our total costs (including the Grant of Probate fixed fee) are estimated at between £1,445 plus VAT and £1,870 plus VAT.  Our fees do not include the administration and distribution of the estate.

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

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of any disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Disbursements are not included in our fees and include:

  • Probate application fee of £155
  • Sealed copies of the grant of £0.50 each
  • Swearing of the oath by each personal representative of £7 each

Additional disbursements may be required depending on individual requirements.

Applying for the Grant of Probate, then Collecting and Distributing the Assets

We can apply for the Grant of Probate on your behalf and then deal with the administration and distribution of the estate so as to handle the full process for you. Our stated fees apply for estates where:

  • There is a valid Will
  • There is no more than one
  • There are no more than six bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are one to eight 
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets (if disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs)
  • There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC
  • There are no claims made against the estate.

We will:

  • Meet with you to discuss the estate and your instructions
  • Liaise with the relevant institutions to obtain the required information for the probate papers
  • Advise on the appropriate inheritance tax reliefs that can be claimed
  • Prepare the probate papers including the oath, Revenue forms, and any necessary notices or affidavits
  • Meet with you to arrange the signing of the probate papers and arrange for the submission of the papers to the probate registry
  • Liaise with the Revenue to check that all tax matters are up to date
  • Collect in all assets and deal with the distribution of the estate.

This will ordinarily take between 12 to 25 hours work. The hourly rates of our fee earners range from £165 plus VAT to £230 plus VAT based on experience.  Our total costs are estimated at between £1,980 plus VAT and £5,750 plus VAT.

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if there is only 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, costs will be at the higher end.

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.

Disbursements are not included in our fee and include:

  • Probate application fee of £155
  • Sealed copies of the grant of £0.50 each
  • Swearing of the oath by each personal representative of £7 each.

Additional disbursements may be required depending on individual requirements.

Potential additional costs:

  • If there is no will, the estate consists of any shareholdings (stocks and bonds) and if there is further inheritance tax advice required (including claiming the transferable nil rate band) then there are 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.
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included in our listed fees.

How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are usually distributed within 3 to 6 months from the Grant of Probate. Typically, obtaining the Grant of Probate takes six – eight weeks from your initial instructions to us.

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