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Probate Fees

We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Representation (such as a Grant of Probate where there is a Will or Letters of Administration where there is no Will) on your behalf. We will also undertake the collecting in and distributing of assets. Our professional fees will include:

  • Providing initial advice over the telephone or at a meeting in our offices

  • Contacting banks and financial institutions involved in the estate

  • Completing and submitting the relevant Inheritance Tax Return

  • Drafting a legal oath for you to swear or statement of truth for you to sign (once these are accepted by the Probate Registry (imminent))

  • Applying for the Grant of Representation

  • Contacting financial institutions or banks involved in the estate to collect the estate assets

  • Paying taxes, liabilities and any legacies

  • Preparation of estate accounts and tax returns

  • Distributing the balance of the estate to the estate beneficiaries.

How much does this service cost?

The fees set out below relate only to estates only involving England and Wales. Please contact us for fees relating to estates with an international element.

For simple non-contentious estates, our fees will vary between £5,000 to £6,000. For complex, non-contentious estates our fees will be higher and based on our hourly rate published in our main fees page.

Our fees are exclusive of VAT and disbursements.

This does not include the sale of any real estate property or dealing with disputes

The following disbursements may apply. Please note that these 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.

  • Probate court fee of £155 (scheduled to rise in April 2019)

  • £5 plus £2 for each extra document Swearing of the Oath per executor (until Statements of Truth are accepted by the Probate Registry imminently).

  • £ 2 Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches per beneficiary.

  • £62.15 excluding VAT Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.

  • £143.50 excluding VAT to place a notice in a local newspaper via The Gazette This also helps to protect against unexpected claims.

How long does the process take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6-12 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 3 to 6 months Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 1 to 2 months. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 1 month although final distribution should not take place until 6 months after the Grant of Representation is issued.

The timescale can vary depending on various factors such as how easy or quick it is to obtain all relevant information and the above assumes that there are no unexpected complications or delays.