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We charge our probate matters on a fixed fee basis.  The fee is very much dependent on the individual person’s estate who has passed away.  For example, if the deceased has left a will with one property and one or two bank accounts to deal with, then the fee will be lower.  If the deceased has not left a will and there are numerous properties and bank accounts, plus other investments such as stocks and shares and the estate is liable for inheritance tax, then the fee will be higher. 

Please see below some guidance for you on our fees.  Please note that all matters will be quoted on an individual basis but this gives you some idea of the scope of this.

  • To obtain the Grant of Probate only: £750.00 plus VAT
  • To obtain the Grant of Probate and administer the entire estate (simple) £1,500 - £2,000 plus VAT
  • To obtain the Grant of Probate and administer the entire estate (medium) £2,500 - £3,000 plus VAT
  • To obtain the Grant of Probate and administer the entire estate (complex) £4,000 plus VAT up to £7,000 if very complex and is liable for inheritance tax

There are other additional disbursements involved in the process which you should be aware of below.  These are fees charged by third parties:

  • Court fee to obtain the Grant of probate: £155.00 plus 50 pence for every additional copy required

(Please note that the government are planning to increase this court fee significantly in 2019 and we will update this section when we are informed of the new fees.)

  • Solicitors fee to swear the Oath: £5.00 - £7.00
  • Bankruptcy charges - £2.00 per individual
  • Trustee Act Notice – from £100.00 - £300.00 plus VAT dependent on which newspaper this is posted in.  We recommend that a notice is placed in the London Gazette and the local newspaper to the deceased to to protect against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.

(Please note that if a property is to be sold or transferred then this will be quoted at the time and is not included in the above fees.)

If you instruct us to obtain the Grant of Probate only we will:

  1. Provide you with an experienced Solicitor to work on your matter
  2. Identify the executors or administrators and beneficiaries
  3. Identify the type of probate application you require
  4. Obtain the relevant documents and information required to apply for the Grant by contacting all third parties including banks estate agents etc
  5. Deal with the placing of the Trustee Act Notice if required
  6. Complete the inheritance tax report for HMRC and draft a legal Oath for you to swear
  7. Submit the probate application to the court on your behalf
  8. Obtain the Grant of probate and securely provide you with copies of this for your use

If you instruct us to obtain the Grant of Probate and administer the entire estate, we will do all of the above and the following:

  1. Send the Grant of Probate off to all third parties who require it e.g banks and estate agents
  2. Fill out all release forms to release all assets due to the estate
  3. Collect all assets in the estate
  4. Hold all estate monies in our designated client account for you
  5. Pay off any debts or liabilities on your behalf
  6. Prepare an estate account showing all monies that have come in and out of the estate
  7. Deal with bankruptcy searches for all of the beneficiaries
  8. Pay all monies out to the beneficiaries once the final estate accounts have been approved
  9. Deal with the closure and finalisation of the estate

We offer free of charge consultations for you and your family to meet with our specialist solicitor Claire Brown who can answer all of your questions and offer guidance on the process in full.