Grants of Probate
The information here applies only to uncontested estates and with all the deceased’s assets in UK.
When providing a quote for our fees for dealing with the administration of an estate, we would prefer to discuss these with you before you instruct us so that we can give you a realistic figure rather than rely on generic figures that may well change when we are aware of the full circumstances. All our fees mentioned are exclusive of VAT.
We will generally be able to give you at least two options.
The first is a fixed fee based on an agreed scope of work. This means that this figure will not change should the scope of the work not be exceeded.
Secondly, we can agree to proceed on the basis of an hourly rate fee, again for an agreed scope of work.
The hourly rates for members of our team are as follows:
- Partner £400
- Associate £360
- Senior Solicitor £315
- Solicitor £280
- Trainee Solicitor £195
- Paralegal £175
There may also be other options available depending on the circumstances of the case.
We will not proceed with our work until you have agreed the basis on which you wish to proceed. We may split the fees into the different stages of the matter to make it easier for you to understand.
As generic examples these are average fees that we could charge:
Simple case: £5000 – £15,000
Medium complexity case: £15,000 – £20,000
High complexity case: £20,000 – £30,000
Factors that could make a case more complex:
- A larger number of assets than we would normally expect.
- A larger number of beneficiaries than we would normally expect or where there are difficulties in locating and/or communicating with beneficiaries.
- Unusual arrangements arising under the terms of the Will eg Trusts or beneficiaries under 18.
- To agree and settle inheritance tax with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
There may also be payments that need to be made to third parties, examples of which are:
- Probate Registry or Court fees. These are dependent on the value of the estate and details are available at this website: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/718880/pa3-eng.pdf
- Inheritance Tax – this is charged by HMRC on estates exceeding £325,000. However this tax is very complex and dependent on the value and structure of the assets of the estate – full details and a calculator are available from the HMRC website using this link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/hmrc-tools-and-calculators#inheritance-tax-and-bereavement
- Fees for swearing the oath.
These are the following key stages to administer an estate:
- Identify the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries
- 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
- Collect and distribute all assets in the estate.
Our services do not include the following: the sale or transfer of the deceased’s property, any Deed of Variation, any personal tax advice to beneficiaries, advice on or work regarding the deceased’s lifetime tax affairs and advice on Trusts arising under the will. These matters, if required, will be the subject of a separate fee which we will discuss with you at the time it becomes apparent that they are needed.
It is difficult to give an accurate estimate of the time it will take to complete the work for you. There are too many variable and each estate is different. On average, straightforward estates could be dealt with within 6 – 18 months.
Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 3 – 6 month. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 1 – 6 months. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets which normally takes 3 – 6 months.
These are the members of our team dealing with probate work – further details about them can be obtaining by clicking on their name
Michael Culver is the Team Leader and responsible for supervising the Team Members. Louise Dawson, the Managing Partner, is responsible for overall supervision of the Firm.
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