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Price Transparency – Probate

Our Probate team has over 100 years of collective experience in delivering high quality work in all matters relating to wills and estate administration. Any member of our probate team may work on a matter ranging from partners to experienced secretarial staff. Further information relating to our team can be found on their individual profile pages within this website. Regardless of who works on a matter, they will be supervised by Jacqui Johnson, partner and head of the private client department.

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Further information relating to our team can be found on their individual profile pages within this website. Regardless of who works on a matter, they will be supervised by Jacqui Johnson, partner and head of the private client department.

Estimated Costs - Applying for the grant only

Collecting and distributing the assets is not included.

We anticipate this will take between 6 and 9 hours work at an average of £170 per hour. Our total costs are therefore estimated at between £1,020 and £1,530 (including VAT).

We will handle the full grant application process for you. This quote is for estates where:

  • There is a valid will 
  • The executors provide us with the valuations of the assets at the date of death
  • The executors deal with collecting and distributing the assets 
  • 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 inheritance tax return to HMRC
  • There are no claims made against the estate

Estimated Costs - Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets

We anticipate this will take between 7 and 25 hours work at an average of £170 per hour. Our total costs are therefore estimated at between £1,190 and £4,250 (including VAT).

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 8 bank or building society accounts 
  • There are no other intangible assets, e.g. shares 
  • There are 2-5 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 inheritance tax return to HMRC. If a full inheritance tax return is required, this typically adds 10-15 hours work to the process 
  • There are no claims made against the estate

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 which are usually payable during the course of the administration of an estate are as follows:

  • Probate application fee of £155
  • £210 – notices placed in the London Gazette and a local newspaper – protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.

Not all of these will necessarily be payable depending upon the circumstances of the matter. We would advise further upon receipt of all of the relevant information.

Potential additional costs

  •  If there is no will or the estate consists of any share holdings (stocks and bonds) there are likely to be additional costs that could range significantly depending on the estate and how it is to be dealt with. We can give a more accurate quote once we have more information.
  • If any additional copies of the grant are required, they will cost £1 (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 generally take between 3 and 12 months to wind up and distribute.

Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes around 8-10 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take on average between 3 and 6 months. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 4-6 weeks.

The above estimate is based on an average estate. Each matter will vary on its own factors and separate advice tailored to the specific circumstances will be provided at the outset of every matter.

The work set out above is all that is usually required. If some of the work is not required, or if a client wishes to handle individual aspects themselves the cost would be less.

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