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Probate (uncontested with all assets in the UK)

Price Information

It is only when we have clear details of a deceased person's estate: the assets they owned; their family circumstances and the provisions of their Will that we can provide an individual estimate of costs. Set out below are estimates of our fees:-


To obtain a Grant of Probate and to collect in and distribute a simple estate, including arranging the proper settlement of debts, funeral and testamentary expenses before distributing the estate in accordance with the terms of the Will, our fee is likely to be in the range of £2,400 to £7,500 plus VAT where the number of hours work involved is expected to be between 10 to 20 hours charged at the rate of £280 per hour.

A simple estate is one where:

  • the Deceased died domiciled in England and Wales;
  • the Deceased died leaving a valid Will;
  • you are providing us with all of the financial information and details of liabilities at date of death;
  • there is no Inheritance Tax payable and the Executors do not need to submit a full account to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs;
  • there is no more than one property (note that any costs relating to the sale or transfer of the property are not included in the above fees);
  • there are no more than three bank or building society accounts;
  • there are no other intangible assets;
  • there are no more than three beneficiaries;
  • there are no disputes between beneficiaries on the division of assets;
  • there are no claims made against the estate;


In addition to our costs, there are fees that we may have to pay to a third party. They include:

  • Probate Application Fee: currently £273 plus £1.50 per sealed copy of the Grant.
  • Statutory Advertisements in the London Gazette and local newspapers. These protect the Executors against unexpected claims from unknown creditors. The costs are estimated to be in the region of £150 to £300 plus VAT
  • Office Copy entries of the Land Registry Title, £3.00 plus VAT per property

Our Service

We will:

  • identify the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries;
  • identify the type of Probate application you will require;
  • identify the date of death value of the deceased's assets and liabilities;
  • report details of the deceased, the executors and the deceased's estate to the Probate Registry;
  • generate a Legal Statement for signing by the executors;
  • submit the probate application to the Probate Registry;
  • upon obtaining the grant of probate, collect in the estate assets and settle liabilities
  • prepare estate accounts for executor's approval
  • settle specific legacies
  • distribute the remainder of the estate in accordance with the terms of the Will
  • keep you regularly updated with the progress of the matter


Our Service

In addition to the matters covered in the administration of a simple estate, we would

  • prepare the Inheritance Tax account and schedules for submission to HMRC
  • advise on claims for Residence Nil Rate Band allowances and transfers of unused IHT allowances from a pre-deceased spouse as appropriate
  • arrange the payment of IHT
  • advise regarding mitigating CGT liability on sale of property
  • liaise with the deceased's accountant regarding income and capital gains tax returns to the date of death

Our fee is likely to be in the range of £6,800 to £15,600 plus VAT where the number of hours work involved is expected to be between 30 to 60 hours charged at the hourly rates specified above.


Disbursement costs are the same as those for a simple estate


For simple, non-taxable estates, we expect to have the information to hand to complete the application for Grant of Probate within 2-3 months and to have obtained the Grant within 16 weeks thereafter, the period that the Probate Registry is currently giving itself to process applications.

For complex estates, we would advise about the likely timescale by reference to the particular circumstances.

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