If you have recently suffered a bereavement, we pride ourselves on being able to help with the administration of the estate in a professional, straightforward and sympathetic manner to include applying for Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration, dealing with any tax issues, dealing with any issues raised in the Will or on intestacy and helping you to collect and distribute the assets.
Actual costs will vary depending on the precise details of your case or transaction together with the experience of the individual undertaking the work for you. Please do ask us for an Estimated Quotation based on your particular case or transaction details.
It is impossible to provide an estimate of costs until we know what assets are involved in an estate but we charge purely on the amount of time taken to deal with the administration and not on the value of the estate.
Probate: Range of costs (with fixed fee for additional work)
Uncontested cases where all the assets are in the UK. This includes both testate and intestate and taxable and non-taxable estates.
Example template (range of costs with fixed fee for additional work)
Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets
We anticipate this will take between 4 and 40 hours work. Legal costs on this basis would be estimated at £700 to £8,400+VAT. Additional separate costs may be incurred for example, Inheritance tax, preparing tax returns etc.
Please visit HMRC Inheritance tax calculator for these costs based on your particular matter.
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.
We will handle the full process for you. This quote is for estates where:
There is a valid will
There is no more than one property
There are no more than 2 bank or building society accounts
There are no other intangible assets
There are 1-2 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
Disbursements in addition to the legal fee may/may not include:
Probate application fee of £155
£5 Swearing of the oath (per executor)
£2 per exhibit (e.g. Will, Codicil) per executor
Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£1 per beneficiary)
Costs of a Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.
Costs of a Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims.
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 50p (1 per asset usually).
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 3-6 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 2-3 months. Collecting assets then follows, which can also take between 2-3 months. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 1-4 weeks.