Probate costs and services

Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets 

We offer a range of fixed fee services and also a full service to deal with verification of the assets, collection and distribution. 

Grant Only (No inheritance tax) – This applies where you only want us to apply for the Grant only. We Will charge £375.00 + Vat for our Costs. [ Note we are not verifying, collecting or distributing assets on this package ] 

Disbursements in addtion to our fee:

  • Probate application fee of £155.00 (plus £1.50 per additional Copy)
  • £7 Swearing of the oath (per executor) or £5 for Oath for Administrators 

Grant (excepted estate) – This applies where you want us to obtain a Grant and an IHT form needs completing over one excepted asset. We will charge £750 + Vat for our Costs. [ Note we are not verifying, collecting or distributing assets on this package] 

Disbursements in addtion to our fee:

  • Probate application fee of £155.00  (plus £1.50 per additional Copy)
  • £7 Swearing of the oath (per executor) or £5 for Oaths for Administrators 
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)
  • £85.80 Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.

Grant and IHT 400 (Non excepted estate)  – This applies where you want us to get the Grant and help fill out the IHT 400, to a non-excepted  estate. We will charge £1500 + Vat for our Costs. [ Note we are not verifying, collecting or distributing assets on this package] 

Disbursements in addtion to our fee:

  • Probate application fee of £155.00 (plus £1.50 per additional Copy)
  • £7 Swearing of the oath (per executor) or £5 Oath for Administrators
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)
  • £85.80 Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.


Full Case Small Estate – Verifying, obtaining the Grant , collecting in the assets and distributing . No IHT work 

We anticipate this will take between 7 and 20 hours work at £250 per hour (Senior Fee Earner, reduced rates for lower grade Fee Earners)

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 1-5 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 in addtion to our fee:

  • Probate application fee of £155.00 (plus £1.50 per additional Copy)
  • £7 Swearing of the oath (per executor) or £5 for Oaths for Administrators 
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)
  • £83.40 Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.

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) 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 50p (1 per asset usually).
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included. 
  • Claiming Reliefs against IHT 
  • Disputes with the DWP or Creditors
  • Missing beneficiaries
  • Tracing Assets
  • Dealing with disputes 

How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6 – 9  months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 8 weeks. Collecting assets then follows. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 12 weeks. 

As part of our fixed fee we will:

  • Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate fee earner 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 
  • Place the statutory advertisements 

Larger Estates – Estates operating outside of the definition of a “small estate” will be subject to a bespoke quote at the outset based on the specific work that needs to be done.

Note Disbursements are subject to change a sand when they are increased by the Ministry of Justice / Court .  
 

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