Information about our services
The cost of our probate services varies depending on the complexity of the deceased person’s affairs, and whether any challenges are made against the will or estate.
However, we can give you a fixed quote for a straightforward estate with the following features:
- A valid will, which is readily available to us
- No more than one property
- All assets and debts are readily identifiable
- No more than 6 bank or building society accounts
- No intangible assets (ask us if you are not sure what this means)
- Up to 6 UK resident beneficiaries
- The identity and address of all beneficiaries is known and all are co-operative
- No disputes between beneficiaries or challenges from other parties
- No claims are made against the estate
- All executors are co-operative and not in dispute with each other, and we can meet them in person if required
- No inheritance tax is payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC
- The Deceased and all beneficiaries are not subject to any insolvency issues
- No overseas assets
- No power of attorney is required
What does the service include?
Our probate service in straightforward cases includes the following:
- Establishing the type of administration applicable
- Identifying the executors or administrators and beneficiaries
- Completing the Grant application and relevant HMRC forms
- Drafting the oath to support the application
- Submitting the application to the Probate Court
- Advising on all documentation required to make the application and complete the administration
- Collecting and distributing all assets in the estate.
Fixed fee probate (where available)
We will obtain the Grant of Probate on your behalf. We will also collect the assets, deal with liabilities and distribute the estate to the beneficiaries.
We will charge a fixed fee for our work based on 3% of the value of the estate, subject to a minimum of £1,000 plus VAT.
As an example, for an estate valued at £35,000, our fee would be:
- Our fee for our services: £1,050
- Plus VAT on our fee: £210
For an estate valued at £150,000, our fee would be:
- Our fee for our services: £4,500
- Plus VAT on our fee £900
In addition, you should expect certain expenses which are payable to third parties on your behalf (these charges are not set by us and may be subject to change). These include, but are not limited to:
- Probate Registry application fee: £155
- Official copies of Grant of Probate: 50p per copy
- Bankruptcy searches: £2 per beneficiary
- Creditors’ notices: £300 (approximately)
We have a number of lawyers acting in this area. For more information about their experience and qualifications use the links below.
How long will it take?
Typically, straightforward estates can be administered within 6 to 18 months. This depends on the circumstances, and on the response times of anybody that we need to liaise with in order to do our work.
Normally, once all the information is available, obtaining the grant of probate takes between 4 and 8 weeks. The assets can then be collected, which often takes between 16 and 52 weeks. Once this has been done, we prepare the final accounts and distribute the assets, a process which usually takes between 4 and 12 weeks.