Our fees are based on time spent in dealing with the matter.
We will always discuss with the client how much or how little they would want us to do. The lower end of the below estimate is for a service where the family of the deceased do all of the information gathering and estate administration themselves, the upper end of the estimate relates to us doing more of this work.
The below prices do not include VAT or disbursements.
Estimated Cost: £750 – £2,000
Hourly Rate: £195 (Clair Morgans) – £220 (Angela Hickey)
Estimated Hours: 4 – 10
Estimated Timescale: 6 – 8 months
For an estate without a valid Will there would be approximately 5 – 6 hours of additional work required
For a taxable estate or one in which full Inheritance Tax returns are required the estimated costs tend to be £3,500 – £5,000
A more complex estate may take between 1 and 2 years to administer fully
Completion and submission of the short Inheritance Tax forms
The preparation and submission of the application for grant of probate
Gathering the estate’s assets
Distributing those assets to the beneficiaries of the estate
We do help with matters which are, strictly, outside the Probate where bereaved families need help on jointly held property, missing grave deeds etc.
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:
Please note this fee does not include:
The cost of a transfer or sale of property
Enquiries regarding the validity of the Will
Disbursements are costs related to third party services which we pay on your behalf. All disbursements would be an additional cost and advised at the time. The following are likely disbursements:
Probate fees payable to the Probate Registry are not included – these are currently £155 but are subject to review by the MOJ and may increase substantially in 2019. Also the Probate Registry charges fees for sealed copies of the Grant which are currently 50p each if requested at the outset.
Swearing fees may be needed – usually approximately £14.
Any Land Registry fees to register an assent of land/houses will depend upon the value at the date of death and whether the property is already registered.
We may have to charge for “signed for” post/couriers if we have to send original documents abroad.
Please note, the fee indication does not apply:
Where any assets of the estate are outside England and Wales
Where the deceased or beneficiaries are domiciled outside the jurisdiction
The Will or distribution of the estate is contested
These fees do not apply if there is a claim against the estate under the Inheritance (Family & Dependants) Act 1975
If a Deed of Variation is required
If relationships between the executors and/or beneficiaries are so poor that much more time is needed to deal with queries/concerns etc.
Meet the Team
Supervisor, Head of Wills & Probate, Solicitor
Specialising in Wills and Probate for many years and having extensive experience in the field.
Specialising mainly in Wills and Probate since qualification and having extensive experience in the field.
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.
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 personal representative will complete the related forms as well as any additional schedules to establish the amount of tax payable.
Pay Inheritance Tax
If there is inheritance tax payable on the estate then it must be paid prior to obtaining the grant of representation. Funds can be transferred directly from one of the deceased’s accounts for this if there are sufficient funds.
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 personal representative will need to swear an oath at this stage to confirm that the details of the application are correct
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.
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.