Costs Information – Probate

We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate or Grant of Letters of Administration on your behalf. Generally speaking, where there is a Will, Grant of Probate is required. Where there is no Will (intestacy), Grant of Letters of Administration is required. We will also undertake the administration of the estate (i.e. collecting and distributing the assets).

Our work will include:

  • Providing you with a dedicated and experienced probate practitioner to work on your matter
  • Identify the legally appointed executor(s) or administrator(s) and beneficiaries
  • Accurately identify the type of grant application you will require
  • Obtain the relevant documents and information regarding the estate required to make the application
  • Prepare the grant application and the relevant HM Revenue & Customs tax forms for signature
  • Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf
  • Obtain the grant and register this where necessary
  • Collect all assets in the estate
  • Settle all debts
  • Distribute the estate

If the Will or intestacy is contested or if there are disputes regarding the estate, we will not deal with this but will instead recommend that you seek advice from lawyers specialising in disputes/contested cases.

We calculate our fixed fees for dealing with uncontested estates, whether there is a Will or not, based on a fee of 2% of the total value of the estate plus VAT at 20%.

The following payments to others will be applicable:

VAT is calculated at the current rate of 20% and where applicable will be shown as +VAT with the amount of VAT applicable in brackets.

Probate Court fee £280.50 – no VAT applicable

Statutory Notice in the London Gazette – estimated £120 +VAT(£24)

Statutory Notice in a Local Newspaper – estimated £100 +VAT(£20)

Asset Search fee (including digital asset search) – £220 +VAT(£44)

Will Search fee – £105 +VAT(£21)

Inheritance Tax may be payable to HM Revenue & Customs depending upon the size of the estate and you can obtain information on this from their website at https://www.gov.uk/inheritance-tax

Please note our fee does not include conveyancing fees for dealing with the sale or transfer of any freehold or leasehold properties in the estate.

How long will my probate matter take?

We normally expect to obtain the Grant within 3-6 months and then to collect in the assets within 6-9 months and to then complete the administration within 12 months from date of death but the timescales may vary if unforeseen difficulties arise.

For example:

The grand total for dealing with an uncontested/undisputed estate where the estate has a value of £400,000 would be:-

Our fee £8000

VAT £1600

Probate court fee £280.50.

Statutory Notice (London Gazette) £120

VAT £24

Statutory Notice (Local Newspaper) £100

VAT £20

Asset search (including digital asset search) Fee £220

VAT £44

Will search Fee £105

VAT £21

Total – £10,534.50