Brian Ellis heads our Probate team. Brian has fifty years’ experience in Probate work and had previously worked with several city firms.
Verne Doherty is a member of our probate team. Verne is a chartered legal executive lawyer and commissioner of oath. She has over nine years’ experience in Probate work.
Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets
We anticipate this will take between 3 and 25+ hours work at £200 per hour. Total costs estimated at -£600.00 – £5,000.00+ (+VAT) Depending on the size and complexity of the estate. We will wherever possible, quote a fixed fee for probate work, but cannot do so until we have examined the deceased’s documents.
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 are no more than 1 properties (conveyancing costs not included)
- There are no more than 5 bank or building society accounts
- There are no other intangible assets
- There are 1-10 beneficiaries
- There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs. Please note that we do not handle disputed estates
- 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 (costs handed over to a service provider):
- Probate application fee of £155.00
- Fee to settle the Oath £15.00
- £7.00 – Swearing of the oath (per executor)
- Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)
- £85.00 – Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.
- £50.00 – Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims.
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 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.
- If any additional copies of the grant are required, they will cost 50p (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 2-3 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 2-4 weeks.
As part of our 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
- 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
- Collect and distribute all assets in the estate