Probate Costs

Range of costs for applying for the grant of probate, collecting and distributing the assets

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, 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. We anticipate this will take between 10-15 hours work at from £180 – £225 per hour. Total costs estimated at £1,800 - £3,375 (+VAT).

We will handle the full process for you. This quote is for estates where:
  • There is a valid Will or if there is not a valid Will and the following points apply
  • There is no more than one property
  • There are no more than four bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are one to four 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
  • There are no foreign assets
Disbursements not included in this fee
 
  • Probate application fee of £155 (April review)
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)
  • 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 costs are between £25 and £300
  • ID verification at a cost of £8 per executor

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.

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 £0.50 (1 per asset usually).
 
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.

How long will this take?
 

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 3-6 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 4-6 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 4-8 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 3-4 weeks.
 

We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf.

How much does this service cost?
 

TOTAL: fixed fee of £540 (incl. VAT).
This is simply for obtaining the Grant.  This is assuming we are provided with all necessary information and does not involve us collecting assets in or distributing them.

Breakdown of costs:
Legal fees £450
VAT on legal fees £90

In addition there will be

  • Probate application fee of £155 (April review)
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)
  • 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 and costs between £25 and £300
  • ID verification at a cost of £8 per executor

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.

As part of our fixed fee we will:
 

  • Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate Solicitor or Chartered Legal Executive 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
  • Obtain the Probate and office copies

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within one month.
 

 

There are five team members who may work on your matter, between them they have over 84 years of collective experience in delivering high quality work in all matters relating to Wills and Estate Administration.

The team has particular expertise in high value estate.

Regardless of who works on your matter they will be supervised by Helen Biglin, Partner, and head of Wills, Trusts and Probate.
 

Helen Biglin

Partner

Helen qualified as a solicitor in 1993 and at that time joined Walton Hardy & Clough in Darlington as a member of their Wills, Trusts & Probate team.…

Michelle Coulson

Solicitor

Michelle qualified as a solicitor in 2006, specializing in criminal law. In 2013, Michelle also trained in private client services and private family…

Holly Naylor

Solicitor

Holly began her legal career as a paralegal in BHP Law’s Family team. She completed her first training seat in the Personal Injury team managing road…

Peter Leach

Legal Executive

Peter is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Legal Executive and has over 35 years experience in dealing with Probate matters. Peter joined BHP Law…

Laura Vipond

Legal Executive

Laura has worked in the legal profession for 20 years. She completed her training at J W Mitchell Dodds & Co and remained at that firm when it merged…

Lisa Wright

Trainee Legal Executive

Lisa began her legal career with BHP Law in November 2003 when she joined the personal injury department in a secretarial/support role to assist three…