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.
How much does this service cost?
For a simple estate we will provide an estimate.
For example, an estate worth £200,000 with no more than 2 executors and no more than 2 beneficiaries where there is no Inheritance Tax to pay and a Grant of Probate is required, including obtaining the Grant, collecting assets and distributing them we estimate that we would charge the following fees:
Legal fees £2500
VAT on legal fees £500
As part of our fee we will:
- Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate solicitor 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
- Collect and distribute all assets in the estate
On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 3-5 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 6-10 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 3-6 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 3-6 weeks.
For more complex estates, where we don’t feel able to give a fixed fee quote, we usually charge on an hourly rate basis of ) £360 + vat per hour (£400 + vat per hour where there is a solicitor executor). (Current 2022 rates). These rates are reviewed annually in January and usually increase in line with inflation
Disbursements (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):
- Probate court fee of £155 (£273 from early 2022).
- Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary).
- £170 advert in The London Gazette and local newspaper – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors (if appropriate).
Additional fees in certain circumstances
The following are likely to increase our fees (in which case we will quote an additional fixed fee):
- Inheritance Tax is payable
- A full Inheritance Tax Account (IHT400) is required
- More than 2 executors
- More than 2 beneficiaries
- Foreign assets
- Lost share certificates
- More than 1 property
- Business assets
- Agricultural land
- More than 2 certificated shareholdings
- A trust under the will
- Assets held under trust or in a pension
- Missing beneficiaries
- Trust under a predeceased spouse’s will
- Trust that aggregates with the estate for tax purposes
- Lifetime gifts
- A claim or threat of a claim from a disappointed beneficiary
- A solicitor acts as an executor
- We are responsible for clearing the house
- The extent or nature of assets in the estate are difficult to ascertain
- More than 2 meetings are required
- A large number of communications from any beneficiary or executor
Costs information is general and we will give more precise and personalised information in individual matters.