Our Fees

Our fee for obtaining a Grant of Probate starts at £450 plus VAT plus a court fee of £155. This is purely for making the application on your behalf and does not include dealing with any of the estate assets

To deal with the administration of the estate the exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, costs will be at the higher end.

The average fee for dealing with estate based on the scenario below would be £1250 plus VAT and a court fee of £155. For this sum we would deal with the full process provided that:-

  • There is a valid will
  • There is no more than one property
  • There are no more than three bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are no more than four beneficiaries
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs
  • There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC
  • There are no claims made against the estate

If there is additional work we would agree an additional fee with you.

Disbursements included in this fee

  • £7 Swearing of the oath (per executor)

Disbursements 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.

Potential additional costs

  • If there is no will or the estate consists of any share holdings (stocks and bonds) there is likely to be additional costs that could range significantly depending on the estate and how it is to be dealt with. We can give you a more accurate quote once we have more information.
  • If any additional copies of the grant are required, they will cost £1 (1 per asset usually) if obtained at the time of requesting the Grant. Thereafter the charge from the Court is £10.00 per copy
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.

How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6 to 9 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 4 to 6 weeks from the date of obtaining all of the information required from you to be able to prepare the Oath and IHT Form. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 4 to 6 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 2 to 4 weeks.

As part of our fixed fee we will:

  • Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate practitioner to work on your matter
  • Identify the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries
  • Accurately identify the type of Probate application you will require
  • Obtain the relevant documents required to make the application
  • Complete the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms
  • Draft a legal oath for you to swear
  • Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf
  • Obtain the Probate and securely send two copies to you
  • Collect and distribute all assets in the estate