Probate: Range of costs (with fixed fee for additional work) and fixed fee
Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets
We anticipate this will take between 10 and 20 hours work at £200 per hour. Total costs estimated at -£2,000 - £4,000 + 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 3 bank or building society accounts
There are no other intangible assets
There are 3-5 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 account to HMRC
There are no claims made against the estate
Disbursements included in this fee:
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.
Probate application fee of £215
£7 Swearing of the oath (per executor)
Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£4 per beneficiary)
£75 Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.
£225 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.
If any additional copies of the grant are required, they will cost £2 (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 6-12 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 6-12 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 6-12 weeks.
We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf. We will also undertake the collecting and distributing of assets.
*These prices on the website are indications only based upon standard type of cases. Following the initial consultation with you we will provide you with a quote/estimate. This will be contained in our client care letter and it will take precedence and is the price you will be required to pay.
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