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Our Fees

We offer a fixed fee for applications for Grant of Probate which is limited by the amount of assets in the estate. The price below details what is included and what limitations there are for the service. The Grant of Probate services include the completion and submission of the relevant forms and other required documentation for taxation as well as the completion and submission of forms for the grant of probate.

The below prices do not include VAT or disbursements.

Grant of Probate and Estate Administration

The below is an estimate for attaining a grant of probate as well as administering a non-taxable estate. Our fees are calculated on an hourly rate and an estimated cost for this service is provided below based on a typical case. This estimate includes completing and submitting paperwork in relation to taxation, application for the grant of probate, discharging any liabilities, and the administration of the estate on your behalf.

Estimated Cost: £750-4,800

Hourly Rate: £150 – £180 (dependent on complexity and value of the estate)

Estimated Hours: 5-30

Estimated Timescale: up to 12 months

The upper end of the estimate considers a complex matter where there are many assets with tax implications, deeds of variation, and many valuations to be obtained of various assets. It considers an estate of 5 properties worth £1,000,000, various other assets requiring liquidation, tax calculations, and gifts. It is estimated at 30 hours work at £160 per hour. 

Includes:

Completion and submission of Inheritance Tax forms for the estate.

The preparation and submission of the application for grant of probate

Gathering the estate’s assets

Distributing those assets to up to 5 beneficiaries of the estate

The estimate is based on a service which includes us dealing with five properties and five bank/building society accounts. This would apply if it was a taxable estate and where we would be distributing assets to up to five beneficiaries. This fee does allow for some intangible assets such as shareholdings. The fee does not include disbursements which are discussed in greater detail below, or allow for claims against the estate.

Get a more accurate quote

Every case is different, to get a bespoke estimate contact us today and we can discuss the specifics of yours.

Call: 01685 872 491

There may be additional tax due on this matter which would be separate to the estimated cost.
For additional information on Inheritance Tax please visit the gov.uk website:
gov.uk/inheritance-tax

Disbursements are costs related to third party services which we pay on your behalf. We have not included the following disbursements in the above prices which may be charged in addition to the above fee. We price these based on the cost these services are charged to us:

Probate Application Fee: £155 (plus 50p per additional copy, 7 copies required)

Please note:

These fees do not apply where any assets of the estate are outside of the UK

These fees do not apply if the Will or distribution of the estate is contested or the executors are in dispute

These fees do not apply if there is a claim against the estate under the Inheritance (Family & Dependants) Act 1975

If there are disputes between beneficiaries over valuations this may extend the timescale and increase costs

Fees may vary dependant on individual circumstances.

Meet the Team

Steven Reed

Solicitor, BA
Qualified: 1997

Deals with mainly non-contentious law including probate, conveyancing, and commercial conveyancing.

 

Lesley Pearce

Solicitor, BA
Qualified: 1995

A specialist probate conveyancing lawyer who is also regarded for her deputyship work, she is also a notary public.

 

Gerald Francis Carter

Consultant Solicitor, LLB
Qualified: 1980

Having joined the firm in 1988 Gerald Francis Carter has a substantial following in this area where he was born and bred.

Andrew Morgan

Consultant Solicitor, BA Cantab
Qualified: 1992

A senior non-contentious lawyer.

 

Susan Vincent

Legal Executive, FCIlex
Qualified: 2008

Susan is an experienced conveyancing lawyer who conducts probate cases as part of her expanding practice.

Our Process

Probate

Stage 1

Valuing the Estate

At this stage we will go through the deceased’s papers and bank statements to establish their assets and liabilities. This can be quite straightforward, however in some cases there may be multiple investments, properties, and other personal belongings to consider.

At this stage we may need to contact banks, lenders, fund managers, pension providers, the local government, the DWP, and HMRC.

Stage 2

File Inheritance Tax Forms

Regardless of whether inheritance tax must be paid inheritance tax forms must be completed. One form is used for non-taxable estates, another for taxable estates.

The Executor will complete the related forms as well as any additional schedules to establish the amount of tax payable.

Stage 3

Pay Inheritance Tax

If there is inheritance tax payable on the estate then it must be paid prior to obtaining the grant of probate. Funds can be transferred directly from one of the deceased’s accounts for this if there are sufficient funds.

Stage 4

File Probate Forms

Once we have assessed the size of the estate we will be able to complete the probate application form by applying to the Probate Registry.

The Executor’s will need to swear an oath at this stage to confirm that the details of the application are correct

Stage 5

Pay Probate Fees

At this stage we will pay the applicable probate fees on your behalf. These are fixed regardless of the size of the estate and are detailed above in the disbursements section.

Stage 6

Administer the Estate

We will collect in the assets of the estate, discharge the liabilities and subsequently distribute the estate in accordance with a Will or the rule of intestacy.