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Probate Fees

It can be difficult to estimate the costs of Probate because so much depends on the deceased’s circumstances, for example whether there is a valid Will, did the deceased die without a Will, are the beneficiaries easily ascertainable, the size of the estate and the type of assets in the estate. No two cases are the same. We can:

We will not do the following:

The below price information is a general indication of costs based on our experience.

Grant of Probate only

If we are instructed to obtain the Grant of Probate only with the Executors dealing with the subsequent administration, then for a straightforward estate in England and Wales our fixed fee would be between £1,000 - £1,500 plus VAT and disbursements. This is based on the following assumptions:

To obtain the Grant of Probate only we will:

The following factors are likely to increase the cost of your matter and the time it will take:

The timescale for dealing with a straightforward estate and obtaining the Grant only Probate matter with no complications is between two to four months.

Full Administration

If we are instructed to deal with obtaining the Grant of Probate and the subsequent administration then on the basis of the above assumptions for a straightforward Grant only estate where no inheritance tax is due we will take all steps listed above in addition to the following:

In such a case our fee will be between £3,500 - £5,000 plus VAT. Alternatively we may agree with our clients to charge on a percentage basis of between 1 – 2% of the gross value of the estate, which is industry standard for solicitors, although banks can charge significantly more.

More complex estates

For a more complex estate where there is a valid Will which is not contested, there are no Executor/beneficiary disputes, IHT is payable and assets include for example stock market investments, multiple beneficiaries, to obtain Grant of Probate only we will;

If dealing with the administration of the estate as well we will:

It can be difficult to gauge the time that a Probate case will take. An estate that includes multiple assets can take up to a year or more to conclude, if complex issues arise it could take longer, until we know what your estate entails we cannot give a precise timescale.

For example obtaining the Grant of Probate alone in a complex estate can take 9 months or more, this depends on issues encountered with ascertaining all necessary financial information. Once the Grant of Probate has been obtained collecting in the assets can take between 2 – 6 months again depending on issues encountered.

However, if the estate includes agricultural or business assets and IHT is payable despite claiming available reliefs, the administration may take well in excess of 12 months since additional time will be required in dealing with the District Valuation Office, HMRC share valuation and other branches of HMRC to ascertain values of such assets before HMRC clearance can be obtained.

Any conveyancing work involved in the estate administration is dealt with by our Conveyancing department and their prices are set out separately under the Conveyancing section of our website.

It is impossible to accurately predict the likely fee in the administration of a complex estate. When we have met with you and assessed the work involved we will be able to give you a clearer idea of the fees involved. For your information our hourly fees are charged as follows:

We will add VAT to these at the rate that applies at the time when the work is done. At present VAT is 20%.

We will incur disbursements on your behalf, these are payable to third parties. Below are the most common disbursements in a Probate matter that are payable to third parties. Other costs may also be incurred depending on circumstances for example valuation of assets or missing beneficiary search, etc.

Item

Amount

VAT

Certainty Will Search

95.00

20%

Probate fee**

£155.00

None

Oath fee per Executor

£7.00

None

Office copies for the Grant of Probate (per copy)

£0.50

None

Advert in the local newspaper

£185.00

None

Advert in the London Gazette

£62.15

None

Money Laundering and ID check for each Executor

£4.80

None

Copy of Land Registry Register of Title to each property to include site plan

£6.00

None

Bankruptcy Search for each Beneficiary

£2.00

None

** Please note that the government has issued proposals to increase fees in the future. We will attempt to make the application for the grant before the fee changes but due to the nature of the process and reliance on third parties this may not be possible.
Please contact us so that we can provide you with an individual estimate based on your specific circumstances.