Probate costs and services

Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets

We anticipate this will take between 10 and 15 hours work at the hourly rates shown below. Total costs estimated at £2,500 - £3,500 (+VAT). 

Title Hourly rate (without VAT) Hourly rate (with VAT)
Partners, Solicitors, Consultants, Associates and Legal Executives over eight years qualified £250 £300
Solicitors and Legal Executives of over 4 years qualification £210 £252
Solicitors, Legal Executives and Licensed Conveyancers (From qualification to 4 years’ experience) £190 £228
Trainee Solicitors, Paralegals and other fee earners £145 £174

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.

We will handle the full process for you. This quote 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 2-4 beneficiaries residing within the UK
  • 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 to be added to this fee:

  • Probate application fee of £155.00
  • £7 Swearing of the oath (per executor)
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2.00 per beneficiary situate in England & Wales)

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 does not fall within the description above 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 £1.50 (1 per asset usually).
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.
  • £83.40 Post in The London Gazette - Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.
  • Approx £95.00 Post in a Local Newspaper - This also helps to protect against unexpected claims.

How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 3-6 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 8-12 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 8-12 weeks. Distribution of the estate will depend on all the circumstances and the instructions of the executors.

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