Our usual hourly rate for probate work is £180 per hour plus VAT.
If you just want us to apply for the grant of probate for you and do not want us to collect and distribute the assets we can do this work for a fixed fee of £450 plus VAT (£540 including VAT) for estates comprising no more than one property and money in no more than 3 bank or building society accounts and no foreign assets. If the estates are more complex the charges may be more. In addition to our charges there will be the Probate Registry fee of £155 (if you do not use a solicitor the fee is £215) to pay (these fees apply to estates worth £5,000 or more) and fees in relation to swearing the oath of £7 per executor.
For the 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 send two copies to you
If you would like us to collect and distribute the assets and ensure that the deceased’s wishes, as set out in their will, are fully carried out in addition to obtaining the grant of probate, there will be additional charges. We estimate that the work will take between 5.5 and 11 hours work at £180 per hour (total cost estimated at £1000 to £2000 plus 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, costs will be at the higher end. If there is foreign property involved the costs could be significantly higher.
We will handle the full process for you. This estimate is for estates where:
- There is a valid will
- There is no more than one property
- There are no more than 3 bank or building society accounts
- There are no other intangible assets
- There are no more than 3 beneficiaries
- 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
Disbursements additional to this fee:
- Probate application fee of £155
- £7 Swearing of the oath (per executor)
- Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)
- £approximately £220 Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.
- £50 - £100 Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims.
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.
Potential additional costs
- If there is no will or the estate consists of any share holdings (stocks and bonds) or foreign property 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.
- If any additional copies of the grant are required, they will cost £5 each (1 per asset usually).
- Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.
- Inheritance tax
How long will this take?
On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6 -10 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 8 -10 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 15 - 30 weeks. Once this has been done we can distribute the assets, this normally takes a further 2-3 weeks.
Who will be doing the work?
Probate work is undertaken by a qualified solicitor who may be supported by more junior staff, for example trainee solicitors or paralegals. Please see the ‘Our People’ section of our website.