Probate Costs

Please note that the following information is for guidance only.  We will provide you with a firm quote for the costs involved in administering an estate after an initial consultation with you, once we have all the necessary information to hand relating to the estate.

Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets

We anticipate that this will take between 15 and 20 hours work at £165 plus VAT (£198) to £275 plus VAT (£330) per hour (i.e. a total range of between £2,970/£4,770 and £3,960/£6,600, inclusive of VAT) depending on the fee earner dealing with the matter and their level of expertise.  Please note these rates change on an annual basis.

Please note that these rates change on annual basis and are to be considered in conjunction with the potential additional costs listed further down this page.

Wherever possible we try to allocate the work to the most appropriate fee earner with the most suitable level of expertise so that the more straightforward and simple probates are dealt with by fee earners with lower hourly rates of charge.

We will handle the full process for you.  These estimates are for estates where:

Disbursements included in this fee (all of which are not subject to VAT):

Disbursements included in this fee (which are subject to VAT)

Disbursements are costs relating to your matter which 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

Please note that these rates change on annual basis and are to be considered in conjunction with the potential additional costs listed below:

The following will increase the costs estimated above:

All of the above factors are likely to increase the costs quoted and this could range significantly depending on the estate and how it is to be dealt with.  We can give you a more accurate estimate once we have more information.  Please also note this list is not exhaustive.

How long will this take

On average estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6 to 12 months typically obtaining the grant of probate takes 2 to 3 weeks, collecting assets then following which can take between 4 to 8 weeks.  Once this has been done we can distribute the assets which normally takes in the region of 2 to 3 weeks.

Work included

As part of the costs estimated above we will:

Team

Our team has over 165 years of collective experience in delivering high quality work in all matters relating to wills and estate administration.  The team has particular expertise in high value estates, trust administration and inheritance tax matters.  We have 8 members of the team who may work on your matter.  Regardless who works on your matter they will be supervised by Suzanne Margaret Porter Director and Head of Probate and Estate Administration.

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