Probate fees

Dealing with the administration of an Estate, including applying for the Grant of Probate and collecting and distributing the assets

In straightforward estates, we anticipate this will take between 7 and 10 hours work at £130.00 per hour for an experienced Probate Clerk or £240.00 per hour for a senior solicitor. Total costs may therefore be estimated at £910.00–£1300.00 (plus VAT) if carried out predominantly by an experienced Probate Clerk or £1680.00-£2400.00 (plus VAT) for the work of a senior solicitor. 

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 estimate is for estates where:

  • There is a valid Will
  • There is no more than one property
  • There are no more than two bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are no more than two beneficiaries
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries about the division of assets. If disputes arise, this is likely to lead to an increase in costs
  • There is no Inheritance Tax payable and the Personal Representatives do not need to submit a full account to HMRC
  • There are no claims made against the estate

Disbursements payable in connection with an administration:

  • Probate application fee of £155.00
  • £12.00 Swearing of the oath (per executor)
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2.00 plus vat per beneficiary)
  • £73.20-£99.90 plus VAT for a notice in The London Gazette – which protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.
  • £13.50 plus VAT (price is per word, so prices will vary) for a notice in a local newspaper – which also helps to protect the Estate against unexpected claims. (This may be included in the service you will get from a funeral director.) 

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 shareholdings (stocks and bonds), there are likely to be additional costs that could range significantly depending on the size and nature of Estate and how it is to be dealt with.  We can give you a more accurate fees estimate in such circumstances once we have more information.
  • If any additional copies of the Grant of Probate are required, they will cost £1.50 each.
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.

How long will this take?

On average, the administration of Estates that require the kind of work set out above are dealt with within 2-4 months. Typically, obtaining the Grant of Probate takes 6-8 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 2-4 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 1-2 weeks.

Obtaining Probate only

We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf once you have ascertained the nature and value of all relevant assets. We will also undertake the collecting in and distributing of assets.

How much does this service cost?

TOTAL: fixed fee of £1,080.00 (incl. VAT).

This includes: obtaining the Grant, collecting in assets and distributing them.

Breakdown of legal costs:

Legal fees £780.00

VAT on legal fees £156.00

Disbursements (£274.70 in total):

  • Probate court fee of £155.
  • £12.00 Swearing of the oath (per executor).
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2.00 per beneficiary).
  • £87.84 notice in The London Gazette – which protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.
  • £15.86 notice in a local newspaper – which 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.

As part of our fixed fee we will:

  • Provide you with a dedicated and experienced Probate practitioner 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 Registry on your behalf
  • Obtain the Grant Probate and securely send two copies to you
  • Collect and distribute all assets in the Estate

On average, Estates that may be dealt with in this way are administered within 2-4 months. Typically, obtaining the Grant of Probate takes 6-8 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 2-4 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 1-2 weeks.