Probate Applications

Pricing Information

Fixed Rate Probate Application

Preparing the Probate Application and, if required, Return to HMRC.

Applying for the grant only

Subject to you providing us with all the information and this being a non taxable estate, our minimum fee is £1,500 plus VAT.

In order to comply with the Money Laundering Provisions a charge of £30 plus VAT is made to verify the identity of each client.

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter.

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 more than 3 shareholdings
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are no more than 2 proving executors
  • There are no disputes between the executors
  • There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC
  • There are no claims against the estate.

Disbursements in addition to this fee

  • Probate application fee of £273
  • Copies of grant at £1.50 per copy
  • Land Registry search fee of £3 plus VAT
  • Unclaimed Asset Search fee of £25

Disbursements are costs related to your matters that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

How long will it take:

On average the papers will be ready to sign within two working weeks of receiving all the information from you.

It is taking around 8 weeks for the Probate Registry to return the Grant of Probate to us.


Probate Applications and Administration of Estate

We can help you through this difficult process. We can identify the steps needed to collect and collate the necessary information and prepare the papers including the Inland Revenue Account and Statement of Truth, apply for the grant and deal with the administration of the estate.

Our costs are based on a time basis and charged at an hourly rate of £325 per hour plus VAT.

To comply with the money laundering provisions a charge of £30 plus VAT is made to verify each client’s identity.

The cost of the probate service depends upon the amount and type of assets and complexity of the Will.

Generally the costs range between £2,500 - £10,000 plus VAT. The more varied and complex assets in the estate or the more complex Will then costs can be higher than this. You will be provided with a cost estimate at the onset of your matter.  

Disbursements in addition to this fee:

  • As above
  • Bankruptcy – only land charges department search £4 per beneficiary
  • Advertisements in the London Gazette and in a local newspaper to protect against claims from unknown creditors or claims against the estate in the region of £300 plus VAT

Potential additional costs:

  • If there is no Will or the estate consists of any shareholdings (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.
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.
  • If complex Income Tax returns or Capital Gains Tax calculations are required, these may be referred to an accountant which will incur further costs.

How long will it take:

This depends on the type of assets and the complexity of the estate. The estate administration can be delayed if it takes time for a property to be sold. Typically probate and the administration can take between 9-18 months, although some can take longer.