Probate/Estate Administration

We can deal with the process of estate administration from the initial practical steps through to obtaining a Grant of Probate and on to full settlement of the estate. A Grant of Probate is not always required depending on the type and ownership of the assets within the estate. We can also advise on the procedure where no Will has been made (intestacy) and in situations where there may be potential conflict or claims against estates.

We deal with all types and values of estates from small estates, where no inheritance tax is payable to complex, taxable and high value estates involving property in foreign countries. 

How much will the Probate process cost?

Fees for our Probate service are charged in two ways, these are detailed below:

Application for the grant only – Fixed fee

Probate and Estate Administration – Range of costs/hourly rate


Application for the grant only – Fixed fee

We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Representation on your behalf:

This quote is for estates where:
• There is a simple estate with no foreign assets and no contentious issues
• The Inheritance Tax Return forms are limited to the IHT205 and the IHT217 (excepted estates only)
• There is no more than one property
• There are no more than 10 bank or building society accounts
• There are no other intangible assets
• There are 1-6 beneficiaries
• There are no disputes between beneficiaries or personal representatives
• There is no Inheritance Tax payable and the executors do not need to submit any further information to HMRC other than the Inheritance Tax forms referred to above
• There are no claims made against the estate

Total Legal Fees: a fixed fee of £1,000 plus VAT and disbursements.

What is included
• Face to face meetings with the client
• Correspondence via email and/or post
• Making and receiving telephone calls
• Determining whether or not any Inheritance Tax will be payable and advising you accordingly
• Preparation of the Oath for the personal representatives and Inheritance Tax forms as stated above (based on the information and values regarding assets and liabilities of the estate that you provide to us)
• Attending upon the personal representatives to swear the Oath and complete the Inheritance Tax forms
• Making the application for the Grant to the Probate Registry and receiving the Grant
• Sending copies of the Grant of Representation to you, for you to carry on the estate administration yourself
• Payment of disbursements 
Disbursements are costs relating to your matter that are payable to third parties such as court fees. We handle the payment of disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. These include (but may not be limited to): 
Probate Court fee of £155.00
Swearing of Oath (per executor) £7.00
Land Registry fee of £3.00
• VAT

Who will work on your matter
A solicitor with at least 10 years experience in this area of work
Some areas of work may be supported by our Paralegal
Administrative duties will be undertaken by our support staff

Typical timescales 
Typically, obtaining the Grant of Probate takes between 8-12 weeks from the point that we have received all of the information we require from you, but this timescale depends upon how quickly you and any third parties respond to our enquiries/application

Factors which may increase costs
• The absence of valid will
• Multiple properties
• More extensive investments
• A large number of beneficiaries
• Inheritance tax payable
• An existing trust
• A will creating a trust
• Life policies
• Lifetime gifts
• Agricultural property or business property
• Lifetime and estate income tax


Probate and Estate Administration – Range of costs/hourly rate

We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Representation and administering the estate on your behalf.

This quote is for estates where:
• There is a simple estate with no foreign assets and no contentious issues
• The Inheritance Tax Return forms are limited to the IHT205 and the IHT217 (excepted estates only)
• There is no more than one property
• There are no more than 10 bank or building society accounts
• There are no other intangible assets
• There are 1-6 beneficiaries
• There are no disputes between beneficiaries or personal representatives
• There is no Inheritance Tax payable and the executors do not need to submit any further information to HMRC other than the Inheritance Tax forms referred to above
• There are no claims made against the estate

What is include
• Face to face meetings with client
• Correspondence via email and/or post
• Making and receiving telephone calls
• Determining whether or not any Inheritance Tax is payable and advising you accordingly
• Preparation of the Oath for personal representatives and Inheritance Tax forms
• Attending upon the personal representatives to swear the Oath and complete the Inheritance Tax forms
• Making the application for the Grant to the Probate Registry and receiving the Grant
• Payment of disbursements from estate funds
• Settling any debts (that we are specifically made aware of) and funeral expenses from estate funds
• Collecting in the assets of the estate
• Distributing the estate to the beneficiaries in accordance with the personal representatives instructions and the Will
• Preparation of Estate Accounts

Who will work on your matter
A solicitor with at least 10 years experience in this area of work.
Some areas of work may be supported by our Paralegal
Administrative duties will be undertaken by our support staff

Typical timescales
On average, simple estates falling within this range are dealt with within 6-12 months. Typically, obtaining the Grant of Probate takes between 10 -16 weeks but this timescale depends on how quickly third parties such as banks, building societies and personal representatives correspond with us. Once we have received the Grant we can provide you with a further update in terms of the timescales involved

Factors which may increase costs
• The absence of valid will
• Multiple properties
• More extensive investments
• A large number of beneficiaries
• Inheritance tax payable
• An existing trust
• A will creating a trust
• Life policies
• Lifetime gifts
• Agricultural property or business property
• Lifetime and estate income tax

Our Fees
As Estates vary in complexity it is not possible to quote a fixed price until the overall amount of work involved has been established. We charge on a time spent basis. Please see details of our hourly rates below. Once we have met with you at the initial appointment we can provide you with an estimated range of costs depending upon what assets and liabilities are involved.

Disbursements and additional fees
• Disbursements are costs relating to your matter that are payable to third parties such as court fees. We handle the payment of disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. These include (but are not limited to):
• Probate Court fee of £155.00
• Swearing of Oath (per executor) £7.00
• Land Registry fee of £3.00
• VAT

Current Departmental hourly rates
Gill Knowles, Head of Department, Qualified 2003 £220 plus VAT
Philip Appleby, Associate Solicitor, Qualified 2009 £220 plus VAT 
Adele Bebbington-Plant, Associate Solicitor, Qualified 2007 £220 plus VAT
Anna Unett, Associate Solicitor, Qualified 1996, £220 plus VAT
Jessie Hughes, Solicitor, Qualified 2001 £220 plus VAT
Sarah Gill, Paralegal, Qualified 2015 £155 plus VAT