Probate Fees

For obtaining a Grant of Probate only our fees usually start from £650 plus VAT depending upon the amount of work that is required.
For this service, you would need to provide us with all necessary information including the values of all assets that will enable us to complete a simple inhertance tax assessment form (IHT205) and a Statement of Truth for the Executors. We will make an application to court for the Grant and send it to you.

There we would be additional fees if:-

  • you require any advice
  • any inheritance tax is payable
  • there are any complications with the Will or intestacy that would require any additional paperwork or further clauses to be included in the Statement of Truth.

In addition to the fixed fee there will a court fee payable.

Our full administration service

Every case is different and we do not offer a fixed fee for fully administering an estate.
However, below is an example of the average charges for administering a straightforward probate.

For obtaining a grant of probate, collecting assets and distributing an average charge would be in the region of £1,800 (including VAT) plus all disbursements.

How the fee would be made up:

Legal fee £ 1,500.00
VAT £ 300.00
Disbursements £ 417.50
Total £ 2,217.50

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. The disbursements which we anticipate will apply are set out separately below.

  • probate court fee of £155 plus £0.50 per official copy of the Grant of Probate
  • If a Statement of Truth is not appropriate then there may be Commissioners fees of £5 for swearing of the oath plus £2 per exhibit (eg the Will) for each executor
  • Bankruptcy search – £1 per beneficiary
  • £56.50 (approx) for advertising in The London Gazette. This is to protect against unexpected claims from unknown persons
  • £150 – £200 (approx) for advertising in a local newspaper. This is also to protect against unexpected claims.

For the fee shown above we will:

  • Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate lawyer to work on your matter
  • Identify the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries
  • Accurately identify the type of Probate application you will require
  • Peruse the relevant documents required to make the application
  • Complete the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms
  • Draft a Statement of Truth or legal oath for you to swear
  • Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf
  • Obtain the Probate and send two copies to you
  • Collect and distribute up to 3 assets in the estate that may be obtained by completion of one form each.

How long will it take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 3-6 months.

Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 2-3 months.

Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 3-6 weeks.

Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 3-4 weeks.