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Please note that any prices on this page are indicative costs only.  A full quote will be given once we have understood the individual circumstances of the matter.

We offer two services for Estates, a Full Administration and obtaining Grant of Probate only.

Full Administration of Estate

We anticipate this will take up to 20 hours work at £220 per hour plus VAT for Robin Townsend.

Total costs are estimated at £2,200 – £4,400 (+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 thehigher 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 five bank or building society accounts with different institutions
  • There are no more than four beneficiaries
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on 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
  • The executor is not a partner in the firm

In addition, we will also pay Disbursements (costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees) once we are in funds.  These are expected to be:

Probate application fee £155
additional copies of the grant 0.50p each (1 per asset usually).
Swearing of the oath (per executor) £7
(Bankruptcy only) Land Charges
Department searches
(£2 per beneficiary)
S27 Trustee Act notices in
The London Gazette and
Local Newspaper to protect against unexpected claims
from unknown creditors.
£240 + VAT

Potential additional costs

  • If there is no will or the estate consists of any share holdings (stocks and bonds) there are 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 the executor is a partner of this firm there will be additional costs, we will 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.

How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6-12 months depending on whether Trustee Notices are placed (2 months) and whether the executors protect themselves from claims from unknown beneficiaries (6 months from the date the Grant of Probate is issued). Typically, obtaining the Grant of Probate takes 8-12 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 4-6 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 2-3 weeks.

Applying for Grant of Probate only

We can help you by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf, on the basis that you can provide us with all of the required financial information.

How much does this service cost?

No Inheritance Tax (IHT) payable or
simple estate (IHT205)
fixed fee of £750 + VAT
IHT chargeable or
more complex estate (IHT400)
between £900 and £1500 + VAT

This includes preparing the paperwork in order to obtain the grant.

In addition, we will also pay Disbursements (costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees) once we are in funds.  These are expected to be:

Probate application fee £155
additional copies of the grant 0.50p each
(1 per asset usually).
Swearing of the oath (per executor) £7
(Bankruptcy only) Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)
S27 Trustee Act notices in The London Gazette and Local Newspaper to protect against unexpected
claims from unknown creditors.
£240 + VAT

As part of our fixed 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
  • 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 and send copies to you

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 3-4 months. Typically, obtaining the Grant of Probate from the Probate Registry takes 8-12weeks.

For an additional fee, we can also collect and distribute all assets in the estate which can take between 4-12 weeks, on average.

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