Probate Fees

We are obliged to provide cost information in respect of obtaining a Grant of Probate and administering that person’s estate following their death. Our Probate Team have considerable experience in dealing with the administration of estates of all sizes and complexity and if you do require any assistance please do not hesitate to contact us to arrange a free initial no obligation appointment.

Please note that each probate matter is unique, however there are common features to all cases. In view of this we have set out pricing information for a range of scenarios which we commonly experience. We have highlighted factors that may cause the price to vary and we would recommend that for a full and accurate quote you contact our Team so as to explain your specific circumstances.

Applying for a Grant of Probate only

What this includes:

We will provide you with an experienced Probate Solicitor or Executive who will deal with the following:

  1. Evaluating the size of the estate based on the documentation and valuations provided to us;
  2. Completing the Inheritance Tax Forms;
  3. Preparing the appropriate Oath to enable the Grant of Probate to be obtained;
  4. Making the Probate application;
  5. Obtaining the Grant of Probate and providing you with copies of the same;
DescriptionFee
Legal Fees£500 plus VAT (£600)
Disbursements:These are expenses which are payable to third parties such as the Probate Registry
Swearing of Oath (per executor)£5 plus £2 for each exhibit (e.g. Will)
Probate Application Fee£155 for estates over £5000
Extra copies of the Grant of Probate

50p per copy

 

Please note that the above is based on the estate not being subject to Inheritance Tax. If the estate is subject to Inheritance Tax then it is not possible to provide a fixed fee. The exact cost will depend on a variety of factors, including the number, value and complexity of the assets in the estate and also whether you are claiming any Inheritance Tax reliefs. Our legal costs will be based on an hourly rate and the number of hours it takes to complete the various Inheritance Tax Forms. In such matters we would estimate that our legal fees would be between £1000 and £1750 plus VAT (£1200 - £2100). The disbursements would remain as highlighted above.

As previously explained the above estimates are for obtaining the Grant of Probate only. If the instructions prove to be complex, then the price would increase and we would advise you of the same at the outset. Some examples of scenarios where the price would increase are as follows:

  • If we are required to advise you on the valuations of the assets which you have obtained;
  • If we are required to obtain valuations in respect of the assets in the estate- for example write to the banks, financial institutions etc;
  • If there are overseas or business assets in the estate.

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 3-6 months.

Dealing with the entire estate administration, including obtaining valuations, applying for the Grant of Probate, collecting and distributing the assets

What this includes:

We will provide you with an experienced Probate Solicitor or Executive who will deal with the following:

  1. Collecting the details of the assets and liabilities;
  2. Evaluating the size and value of the estate based on the documentation obtained;
  3. Completing the Inheritance Tax Forms;
  4. Preparing the appropriate Oath to enable the Grant of Probate to be obtained;
  5. Making the Probate application and obtaining the same;
  6. Closing and realising the various assets and arranging the sale of residential property (if applicable);
  7. Distributing the estate to the beneficiaries in accordance with the terms of the Will.
DescriptionFee
Legal Fees£2500 - £5000 plus VAT (£3000 - £7200)
Disbursements:These are expenses which are payable to third parties such as the Probate Registry
Swearing of Oath (per executor)£5 plus £2 for each exhibit (e.g. Will)
Probate Application Fee£155 for estates over £5000
Extra copies of the Grant of Probate50p per copy
Bankruptcy Search£2 (per beneficiary)
Notice in London Gazette and local newspaperApprox £150

 

Please note that the above is based on the estate not being subject to Inheritance Tax. If the estate is subject to Inheritance Tax then the cost will depend on a variety of factors, including the number, value and complexity of the assets in the estate and also whether you are claiming any Inheritance Tax reliefs. Our legal costs will be based on an hourly rate and the number of hours it takes to complete the various Inheritance Tax Forms. Once we have an assessed the estate, then we will be in a position to provide you with an accurate estimate of the legal costs in the matter. Please note that the disbursements would remain as highlighted above.

Please also note that if the instructions prove to be complex, then the price would increase and we would advise you of the same at the outset. Some examples of scenarios where the price would increase are as follows:

  • If the will is complex- for example there are trust provisions contained in it;
  • If the validity of the will is questioned;
  • If there are beneficiaries that need to be traced;
  • If there is a claim made against the estate or there is dispute between the beneficiaries;
  • If the there is more than one residential property;
  • If there are foreign assets or business interests;
  • If there are complex shareholdings.

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6-12 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 3-6 months weeks. Collecting and distributing the assets as well as winding up the estate generally takes a further 3-6 months.

As highlighted, the information provided is purely a guide and we recommend that you contact our Probate Team in the first instance. They will be able to arrange a free initial no obligation appointment and provide you with an accurate estimate of costs and disbursements.