Information about our services and prices
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
In these situations, our fixed fee service is available as described below.
Fixed fee probate (where available)
We will obtain the Grant of Probate on your behalf, collect and distribute the assets.
We will charge a fixed fee for our work of £5,400.00 including VAT, as broken down below.
The charge for our services: £4,500.00
VAT on the legal fees: £900.00
In addition, you should expect the following expenses payable to third parties (these charges are not set by us so may be subject to change):
- Court fee: £155
- Oath fee: £7.00 per executor
- Bankruptcy searches: £4.00 per beneficiary
- Advertisement fees: £300
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.
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.