Probate Fees

Probate: Range of costs (with fixed fee for additional work) and fixed fee

We are required to publish prices for Probate work in relation to uncontested cases where all the assets are in the UK. This includes both testate and intestate and taxable and non-taxable estates.
We have set out below two different options in relation to our charges:-

(1) Applying for the Grant and collecting and distributing the assets;

(2) Applying for the Grant only.

We pride ourselves on offering an outstanding legal service at a highly competitive cost, and are confident that in service and price we can beat most of our competitors.  Please call us for a free no obligation chat and quote.

1. Applying For The Grant, Collecting And Distributing The Assets

We anticipate this will take between 5 and 10 hours work at £200 per hour.  Total costs estimated at between £1,000.00 – £2,000.00 plus VAT and disbursements.

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 3 bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are 1-4 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

Disbursements included in this fee:

  • Probate application fee of £157.50
  • £7.00 Swearing of the oath (per executor)
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£5.00 per beneficiary)
  • £150.00 (estimated) to post in the London Gazette and in a local newspaper – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.

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 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.
  • If any additional copies of the Grant are required, they will cost £2.00 (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 3-6 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 3-6 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 2-4 weeks.

2. Probate Only (Not Collecting and Not Distributing Assets)

We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate only on your behalf.  This does not include the collecting and distributing of assets or any other estate administration work.

How much does this service cost?

TOTAL: Fixed fee of £500.00 plus VAT of £100.00 (totalling £600.00) and disbursements.

This includes obtaining the Grant.  It does not include collecting assets and distributing them.

Breakdown of costs:

Legal fees £500.00

VAT on legal fees £100.00

Disbursements:

  • Probate court fee of £157.50.
  • £7.00 Swearing of the oath (per executor).
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£5.00 per beneficiary).
  • £150.00 (estimated) to post in the London Gazette and in a local newspaper – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.

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 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
  • Obtain the relevant documents required to make the application
  • 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 securely send two copies to you

How Long Will This Take?:-

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 1-2 months. Typically, obtaining the Grant of Probate takes 3-6 weeks.

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Adrian Chambers - Seatons Solicitors

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