Probate – Applying for grant, collecting and distributing assets.
Our charges are based on the time we spend dealing with a case. Time spent on the matter will include meetings with you and perhaps others; any time spent considering, preparing and working on papers, letters and emails, and making and receiving telephone calls.
Our fees for probate can vary, depending on the complexity of the estate and the matter. It is not possible to estimate the total cost, as the exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances and which member of staff will be working on the matter. Please click here for individual hourly rates.
As an example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range which we would anticipate our costs to be in the region of £600 + VAT. If there are multiple beneficiaries, and the estate is more complex a property and multiple bank accounts, costs will be at the higher end, in the region of £3,000 – £5,000 + VAT. Please note contentious probate, where there is a dispute, can cost more in fees.
We are able to handle the full process for you from ascertaining the extent of the estate, to final distribution to the beneficiaries.
There will also be, in addition, disbursements to pay, such as:
- Probate application fee of £155 plus £0.50p per extra copy. (NB – is subject to change in the current government proposals)
- Swearing of the oath (per executor) range from £5-£7. This must be done with by another Solicitors firm.
- Bankruptcy (£3 per beneficiary)
- £199 + VAT for Will Search & Section 27 Notice in The London Gazette
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements from client funds on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
How long will this take?
On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 4-8 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 1-2 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 3-4 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the asset, which normally takes 2-3 weeks.