Probate costs

Probate Costs

Our fees on estates vary hugely, depending on the value of the estate, the complexity of the case, and the amount of time required.

Our fees are usually settled from the estate so there are no up-front costs to the executors.

Property sales are subject to a separate fee quote.

We offer a free initial telephone consultation. We can then arrange a meeting where we discuss matters in a bit more detail and give you a guidance on our fees.

Simple estates

Our legal fees are based on the value of the estate and the amount of time spent working on the case. Our fees will range between £1,500 and £6,000 plus VAT and disbursements (see below) for small and simple estates. If you require a “Grant only” application they may be at the lower end. Simple estates are ones where:

  • There is no more than one property in the sole name of the deceased
  • There is a valid Will appointing executors
  • The Executors in the Will are able to act
  • There is no requirement for Deeds of Renunciation
  • There is no Inheritance tax payable and there is no requirement to submit a full account (IHT400) to HMRC
  • There are no more than three bank or building society accounts
  • There are no debts (other than utility bills)
  • There is a single beneficiary, or few beneficiaries
  • There are no other assets
  • There are no complications, disputes and the Will is not contested

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable by us to third parties. Typical examples are as follows:

Probate Registry Fee£155.00
Office copies for the grant of probate (per copy)£0.50
Advert in the local newspaper£150.00
Advert in the London Gazette£92.00
Bankruptcy searches (per beneficiary)£3.00
Land Registry search fee (if property involved)

For further advice and information please email a member of our team who would be happy to help.

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