It’s important that you understand what options you have to pay your legal costs. We are completely transparent with our fees and always aim to be clear with you about what you’re expected to pay.
We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf. We confirm that a solicitor will be principally responsible for the provision of our services and will be your primary point of contact however in order to help minimise our costs this firm may use staff who are not solicitors but are supervised.
How much does this service cost?
Any estimate provided by us will depend on the estate’s assets and liabilities.
Applying for the Grant Only
We would anticipate that applying for the grant only will take between 2 – 3 hours work at £200 per hour plus VAT at 20%. Total costs including VAT = £480 -£720.
Collecting details of the estate’s assets/liabilities, applying for the Grant, discharging any liabilities and distributing the assets
We anticipate this will take between four and 20 hours at £200 per hour plus VAT at 20%. Total costs including VAT = £960-£4800.
Please note 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.
The estimate applies to estates where:
- There is a valid will
- There is no more than one property
- There are no more than 6 bank or building society accounts
- There are no other intangible assets
- There are no more than 6 beneficiaries
- There are no disputes affecting the estate. Please note if arise disputes arise, dealing with these disputes are 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
Additional Costs – Disbursements
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.
Disbursements in addition to our fee:
- Probate application fee £155
Office copies £1.50p per office copy
- Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2+VAT per beneficiary)
£100 post in the London Gazette – protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors
£100 post in a local newspaper – this also helps to protect against unexpected claims.
Potential additional costs
If there is no will or the estate consists of any share holdings (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
Finally we confirm that dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included in the fee estimate set out above.
How long will this take?
On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6-9 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 6-12 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 4-8 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which can take between 6 weeks to 4 months. Any transfer of assets can take from a number of weeks to 2-3 months depending on the nature of the asset being transferred.
To help with costs, we have some flexible fee options. Some of these options are best for particular cases, but that will be discussed with you in more detail at an initial meeting.
Our preferred way of working is with a fixed fee, as we feel we are best motivated to serve you quickly and efficiently. It’s also a good arrangement for you, as you know how much your case will cost, allowing you to budget properly.
This means you pay your Solicitor for the amount of time spent on a case. This is quite typical for most firms, but we try to avoid it as we feel that fixed fees are a better way of working for everyone involved. However, we will consider working on an hourly rate if that is your preference.
On occasion, we may consider a no-win, no-fee payment option. With this, you don’t pay any money in advance for legal fees. You only need to pay for the expenses or disbursements, such as court fees or reports. You’ll need to sign an agreement that says if you lose your case, you won’t pay our legal costs.