Probate Fees

Our team has over 70 years of collective experience in delivering high quality work in all matters relating to wills and estate administration. The team has particular expertise in high value estates and inheritance tax matters.

We have five members of the team who may work on your matter. Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by Rebecca Lauder, Partner and Head of probate and estate administration. Please see our service page for more information on the people who may work on your matter. https://www.bsglaw.co.uk/wills-probate-estate-planning-solicitors/

Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets

We anticipate this will take between 8.5 and 15.5 hours work at £185 per hour. BSG’s total costs are estimated at £1,500-£2,750. (+VAT). 

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, costs will be at the higher end.

We will handle the full process for you. This quote is for estates where:

  • There is a valid will

  • There is no more than one property

  • There are no more than 5 bank or building society accounts

  • There are no other intangible assets

  • There are 2-5 beneficiaries

  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries or executors/administrators on the administration of the estate or division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs

  • There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC

  • There are no claims made against the estate

Disbursements payable in addition to our fees are as follows:-

  • Probate application fee of £155 plus 50p per sealed copy

  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)

  • £69.50 + VAT Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.

  • £90.49 Post in Lancaster Guardian – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims. The advert will need to be posted in the paper local to where the deceased lived. Quotes for other newspapers can be found here https://www.legalads.co.uk/trustee-act-form/

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.

Potential additional costs

  • If there is no will or the estate consists of any share holdings (stocks and bonds) there is likely to be additional costs that could range significantly depending on the estate and how it is to be dealt with. We can give you a more accurate quote once we have more information.

  • If any additional copies of the grant are required, they will cost £.50 (1 per asset usually).

  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.

How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 3-6 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 6-8 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 4-8 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 4-8 weeks.

Fixed Fee Application for Grant of Probate only

We can help you through this difficult process by simply obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf.

How much does this service cost?

TOTAL: fixed fee of £756 (including VAT).

This includes: obtaining the grant, collecting assets and distributing them.

Breakdown of costs:

Legal fees £500 + VAT

VAT on legal fees £100.

Disbursements:

  • Probate court fee of £155 + £1 for two sealed copies (50p each if more are required)

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.

As part of our fixed fee we will:

  • Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate solicitor to work on your matter

  • Accurately identify the type of Probate application you will require

  • Complete the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms on the basis of information supplied by you

  • Draft the legal statement of truth

  • Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf

  • Obtain the Probate and securely send two copies to you

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within approximately 6-8 weeks.

Potential additional costs

  • If you require us to identify the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries

  • If you require us to obtain the relevant documents required to make the application

  • If you require us to collect and distribute the assets.

  • If you require us to advise on potential personal liabilities for the Executors/Administrator