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Probate

When someone dies: Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets

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.

How much does this service cost?

There are no two estates that are the same and the exact cost for obtaining the Grant of Probate will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter, however our usual fee is based on a minimum of 1% of the gross estate plus VAT and disbursements*.

There are various aspects of the estate which can increase the cost of the administration of the estate, which for example may include one or more of the following:

  • Multiple beneficiaries
  • A sale or transfer of any property in the estate
  • Where there is no Will
  • Multiple bank accounts and shareholdings
  • Where a Deed of Family Arrangement or Deed of Variation is required
  • Overseas assets
  • The identification of the executor

If disputes arise or a claim is made against the estate, this is likely to lead to an increase in costs.

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. Typical disbursements during the probate process may include the following:

Probate application fee of £155 (subject to variation). To obtain further copies of the Grant of Probate, this is an extra 50p per copy.

  • Fee for swearing the Oath of £5.00 for the Will and £2.00 for any additional document (per Executor)
  • Land Registry fees for obtaining title copies of a property are £6.00 (Title register) and £2.00 (Title plan)
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches are £3.00 per beneficiary

As part of our fixed fees we will:

  • Identify the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries
  • Accurately identify the type of Probate application required
  • Obtain the relevant documents required to make the application
  • Complete the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms
  • Draft a legal oath for the appointed executors or administrators to swear
  • Make the application to the Probate Court on behalf of the executors or administrators
  • Obtain the Probate and provide you with copies of the Grant
  • Collect and distribute all assets in the estate

We will work on your matter and guide you through this process from collating the assets to distributing them to the beneficiaries of the estate.

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6 to 12 months. Typically, obtaining the Grant of Probate takes between 3 to 6 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 2 to 4 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes between 2 to 4 weeks.

Members of our Will Probate and Estate Planning team who may be assisting you include: