Probate Fees

Dealing with the financial affairs of a loved one after his or her death, when you are grieving and at your most vulnerable, is a heavy burden. We can guide you through the administration of your loved one’s estate by providing clear, sensitive, expert help and advice.

Our charges are clear and transparent. We only charge for the work that you wish us to undertake, based on the time we actually spend on your behalf, rather than charging a percentage of the value of the estate. Our sincere aim is to adhere to the typical price information given below. We will of course provide a more accurate costs estimate following our initial meeting, during the course of which we will take information from you about the estate and the distribution work that will be necessary. In the unlikely event that costs are likely to exceed our original estimate due to any unforeseen complications arising during the process, we will inform you as early as possible and provide a revised estimate.

Details of the different services that we offer and what is included as part of those packages is given below.

Grant Only Service

  • Estates where an IHT205 (no tax payable) is submitted – £650 - £900 + vat and disbursements details of which are given below.*
  • Estates where IHT205 and IHT217 (no tax payable - but application made for transfer of nil rate band) are submitted – £750 - £1100 + vat and disbursements details of which are given below.*

As part of our Grant Only service we will fully prepare and submit the application to obtain the Grant of Probate on your behalf. Once the Grant has been issued you will need to deal with the ongoing administration and distribution of the estate yourself.

The Grant Only service is only suitable for straightforward estates where there are:

  • No complex tax issues,
  • No Gifts out of income, lifetime gifts within the last 7 years, Trust assets, business or foreign assets, or
  • The possibility of the Will being contested.

Work we will as part of this service do:

  • Prepare the Inheritance Tax Forms (IHT205 and IHT 217)
  • Prepare the Oath for the Personal Representatives/Executors to swear
  • Prepare and submit the application for the Grant of Probate/Letters of Administration
  • Send the Grant to you so you can collect the assets, pay liabilities and complete the administration of the estate yourself

Work you will need to do:

  • Provide us with an original death certificate
  • Provide us with an original Will (or family tree if intestate)
  • Contact all asset holders to report the death
  • Provide us with a List of Assets & Liabilities at the date of death
  • Obtain probate valuations for all assets
  • Arrange statutory advertisements as necessary
  • Arrange insurance for unoccupied property
  • Prepare Estate Accounts
  • Pay liabilities
  • Arrange to distribute the estate to the beneficiaries

On average, it can take 3-4 months to obtain the Grant of Probate for estate where there is no Inheritance Tax payable. For estates where there is Inheritance Tax to pay it can take 4-6 months for the Grant to be issued but the timescale depends on HM Revenue and Customs agreeing tax liabilities and payment methods

Please note that Probate fees charged by the Government are subject to change and vary according to the size of the Estate.

For estates where an IHT400 is required (tax payable) please contact us for a quote which will depend on the complexity and value of the estate

Full Estate Administration Service

  • Estates where an IHT205 and 217 (no tax payable) are submitted – £1500 - £1900 + vat and disbursements details of which are given below.*

Our full estate administration services means that we undertake the following work

  • Contact all asset holders to report the death.
  • Obtain probate valuations for all assets.
  • Arrange statutory advertisements as necessary.
  • Arrange insurance for unoccupied property.
  • Preparing the Inheritance Tax Form IHT205 and IHT217 (Claim to transfer an unused Nil Rate Band)
  • Prepare the Oath for the Personal Representatives/Executors to swear
  • Make the application for the Grant of Probate.
  • Prepare Estate Accounts
  • Paying liabilities
  • Arrange to distribute the estate to the beneficiaries.

We will handle the full process for you. This quote is for estates where:

  • There is a valid will.
  • There is no more than one property.
  • There are no more than 5 bank or building society accounts.
  • There are no other intangible assets.
  • There are no more than 5 beneficiaries.
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs
  • There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC
  • There are no claims made against the estate

For estates where an IHT 400 (tax payable) is submitted please contact us for a quote which will depend on the complexity and value of the estate.

*Disbursements that you are likely to incur:

  • Probate application fee of £215
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)
  • Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors. £60 to £85
  • Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims. Approximately £70 to £120 (prices vary between newspapers)

*Potential additional costs

  • If there is no will or the estate consists of any share holdings (stocks and bonds) there is likely to be additional costs that could range significantly depending on the estate and how it is to be dealt with. We can give you a more accurate quote once we have more information.
  • If any additional copies of the grant are required, they will cost £1.50p (1 per asset usually).
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.
  • Conveyancing costs where a transfer of property is required.

The exact costs will depend on the individual circumstances of the estate. If there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, costs will be at the higher end. For larger and more complex probates, where there include multiple liquid and other assets, trusts, foreign assets, missing beneficiaries, or which require complex tax advice, costs may be considerably more than this and we would have to advise you on a case-by-case basis.

Our costs are based on Mr Haroon Khan’s hourly rate of £200 (£240 VAT inclusive) per hour. Haroon has over 15 years experience of dealing with probate. His full profile can be found under the “Our People” section of this website.

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