Probate Costs

Probate Fees

We can help you through this difficult process by either obtaining the grant for you or assisting you with the full administration of estate.

Costs Information

We offer two fee options for our clients when dealing with probate

  1. Obtaining a Grant only

This is charged on a fixed fee basis in accordance with our hourly rate, which is £220.00 per hour plus VAT.

We require you to provide us with values of all assets and liabilities in the estate. Once we have received the requisite information, we can complete the inheritance tax return forms and return the Grant to the Personal Representative so that they can administer the estate.

It is difficult to give a definitive guideline as each estate is different. Fees are likely to be in the region of £650.00 – £1,750.00 plus VAT.

In simple cases a Grant can be obtained within 4 weeks of receiving your instructions and valuations of the assets and liabilities of the estate from you.

  1. Obtaining a Grant and Administering the Estate

A full administration covers everything from writing to the banks for the probate value of all bank accounts, obtaining valuations of any property, completing the inheritance tax return forms and applying for the Grant.  Once the Grant is received, we collect in all the monies, deal with any liabilities, make payment of any inheritance tax and prepare estate accounts and distribute the estate to beneficiaries in the Will, or if there is no Will, in accordance with the intestacy rules.

Gross Value                                                      Fixed Fee/Percentage (plus VAT)

Up to £100,000                                                         £2,000

Up to £200,000                                                         £4,000

Up to £325,000                                                         £5,000

Between £325,000 and £650,000                      1.5% of gross value

Between £650,000 and £1,000,000.00              2% of gross value

Above £1,000,000.00                                              1% of gross value

Matters which may affect the fixed fee

Any additional work, example, conveyancing of any property in the estate, bringing income tax affairs up to date to the date of death, preparing a Deed of Variation or dealing with a trust that comes to an end on the death will be charged for separately with your agreement.

Disbursements (fees payable to others)

  • Probate Court fee £155.00 plus 50p for each copy required
  • Bankruptcy search fee £2.00 per search – (this will be higher if a beneficiary lives abroad)
  • Statutory advertisements, if required, on average £230.00.

Our fees are usually payable out of the estate, not personally by the Personal Representatives.

Contact us

Please do not hesitate to contact us on 020 8318 4345 or email us enquiries@as-solicitors.com