Administration of Estate Costs

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

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 – £250 per hour. Total costs estimated between £2,160 (£1,800 + £360 VAT) and £4,500 (£3,750 + £750 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 £273.00
  • Office of the Public Guardian Registration Fee of £82 per Lasting Power of Attorney
  • 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 £30 (£25 + £5 VAT) and £360 (£300 + £60 VAT)
  • ID verification at a cost of £24  (£20 + £4 VAT) 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 £1.50 (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 6-18 months.  Due to delays with the Probate Registry, obtaining the grant of probate can take anywhere between 1-6 months from submission of the application. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 8-12 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 3-4 weeks.

Grant only Costs without estate administration

We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf.  This service is only available where there is no requirement to submit an IHT report to HMRC and the Executor/Administrator provides all the details required for the probate application.

How much does this service cost?

TOTAL: fixed fee of £750 plus VAT of £150

This is simply for obtaining the Grant.  This is assuming we are provided with all necessary information and does not involve us corresponding with asset holders, collecting assets in, or distributing them.

Breakdown of costs:

Legal fees £750
VAT on legal fees £150

In addition, there will be

  • Probate application fee of £273.00 plus £3.00 for two copies of the Grant
  • ID verification at a cost of £24  (£20 + £4 VAT) 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.

Our fixed fee will include:

  • A dedicated and experienced probate Solicitor or Chartered Legal Executive to work on your matter
  • Identifying the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries
  • Identifying the type of Probate application you will require
  • Obtaining the appropriate documents required to make the application
  • Completing the Probate Application and the relevant forms
  • Drafting the legal statement
  • Making the application to the Probate Court on your behalf
  • Obtaining the Grant of Representation and two copies will be sent to you

On average, we submit the probate application within 2 months of confirmed instructions. The Grant is issued between 1-4 months from submission of the application.


There are six fully qualified and experienced team members who may work on your matter, between them they have over 100 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 estates.

Regardless of who works on your matter they will be supervised by Akkelin Harris, Senior Associate and Head of Wills, Trusts and Probate.

Helen Biglin


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.…

Akkelin Harris


Akkelin advises on matters relating to Wills, Trusts and Probate as well as Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection applications. She is a…

Michelle Coulson

Senior Associate

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

Laura Vipond


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

Lucy Watson


Lucy studied law at Newcastle University before completing her LPC in York and qualifying as a Solicitor in 2017. She is proficient in all matters relating…

Bethany Pickering


Bethany was born and raised in Middlesbrough and has always had a commitment to developing her law career locally. She started her journey studying law…

Peter Leach

Chartered 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…

Lucy Burgess

Apprentice Solicitor

Lucy joined BHP Law as a Solicitor Apprentice in September 2022. As an apprentice, Lucy will experience working within different departments over the…

Jack Collins

Apprentice Solicitor

Jack joined BHP in September 2020 as an Apprentice Solicitor in our Family Team. In year one of the apprenticeship Jack predominantly assisted with private…