Probate Fees

Our fees for Probate work

 The following fees are for probate work in relation to uncontested estates where all assets are in the UK.

 We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf. We will also undertake the collecting and distributing of assets.

Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets  

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. The estimate below is for estates where:

  • There is a valid will
  • There is no more than one property
  • There are no more than 4 bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are 2-4 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

We anticipate this will take between 6 and 10 hours work that we will carry out for a fixed fee of £1000 – £1500 + vat depending on the complexity of the matter.  Additional work over the above timescales will cost £220 per hour for Mr Howden and £170 per hour for Mrs Ingamells.

Disbursements payable in addition to our above fee:

  • Probate application fee of £157.50 (includes 5 sealed copies)
  • Swearing of the oath (£7 per executor)
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)
  • Post (if required) in The London Gazette and in a local newspaper – protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors £130
  • Land registry fees if property forms part of the estate (office copies £6, in addition to the Land Registry’s sliding scale of fees).

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.

As part of our fee we will:

  • Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate solicitor or legal executive 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 five copies to you
  • Collect and distribute all assets in the estate
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 cost 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 50 pence each, if requested at the time of the application for probate (1 per asset usually).
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.
  • Possible genealogy costs if no will can be found
  • If shares form part of the estate, registrars’ fees for selling holdings or obtaining missing share certificates.
How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 3-8 months, longer where property is to be sold.  Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 6-8 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 4-6 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally take 2-4 weeks. However we advise not distributing assets until 6 months have passed after grant of probate.

Grant of Probate only

If our instructions are to extract the grant of probate only, our estimated fees are 50% of the above estimates.

Example costs 1:
For a straightforward uncontested estate valued at £100,000 with 2 executors and where there is a valid will and funds are held in the deceased’s bank account. Example illustrates 2 beneficiaries
Our fee                                                                 £1500 + vat
Probate application fee                               £157.50
Swearing of the oath                                     £14
Bankruptcy only
Land Charges Department searches  £4

TOTAL: (incl. VAT).                                         £1975.50

Example costs 2:
For an uncontested estate where there is a valid will with 2 executors, estate value of £250,000, assets held in bank accounts, and 5 different share holdings with valid share certificates, and 10 beneficiaries to the estate.
Our fee                                                                 £2500 + vat
Probate application fee                             £157.50
Swearing of the oath                                   £14
Bankruptcy only
Land Charges Department searches £4

TOTAL: (incl. VAT).                                        £3175.50

The value of the estate is taken into account as per The Law Society Non-Contentious Costs guidelines.