Simple Case: We anticipate that this will take between 4 – 10 hours work to obtain the grant of probate at the relevant fee-earners’ standard rates of £175.00 / £200.00 / £250.00 (exclusive of VAT) per hour.
Medium Complexity Case: We anticipate that this will take between 11 – 25 hours work to obtain the grant of probate at £175.00 / £200.00 / £250.00 (exclusive of VAT) per hour
High Complexity Case: We anticipate that this will take between 25 – 50 hours work to obtain the grant of probate at £175.00 / £200.00 / £250.00 (exclusive of VAT) per hour
The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, the cost will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, the cost will be at the higher end.
We will charge VAT on our legal fees and on any relevant disbursements. You will pay VAT at the applicable rate in force at the time.
Some of the factors that could make the application for a grant of probate more complicated are:
A large portfolio of shareholdings
There is an inheritance tax liability
There are income tax or capital gains tax issues to consider
Advice in relation to trusts is required
There is a requirement to correspond with third parties
There are disputes between executors or beneficiaries
There are claims against the estate
A deed of variation is required
There is an overseas asset or other foreign element
We will advise of any unforeseen complications and provide a revised estimate of costs at the earliest opportunity.
Disbursements are costs relating to your matter which are payable to third parties, such as the probate application fee and bankruptcy searches. We will handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. The disbursements which we anticipate will apply are set out separately below. This list is not exhaustive and other disbursements may apply depending on the matter:
Probate application fee
Swearing of the oath
Bankruptcy only Land Charges Department searches
Post in The London Gazette – protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors
Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims
A full list of the anticipated disbursements that will be incurred will be supplied to you upon request.
If any additional copies of the grant are required, they will cost 50p (one per asset usually)
Dealing with the sale of transfer of any property in the estate is not included
Typically, how long will it take to obtain a grant of probate?
Work we will undertake
Provide you with a dedicated and experienced solicitor or probate practitioner to work on your matter
Identify the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries
Accurately identify the type of Probate application you will require
Obtain the relevant documents required to make the application
Complete the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms
Draft a legal oath for you to swear
Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf
Work undertaken post Grant of Probate
Our costs estimate above does not include any further work once the Grant of Probate has been obtained. If you instruct us to deal with collecting in and distributing the assets we will provide you with a further estimate of costs. This costs estimate will be based on the hourly rate of the applicable fee earner. We can also provide you with a time estimate for collection or transfer of the assets and distribution to the beneficiaries.
The merits of each case will be different and the estimate of costs will be tailored to each individual case.