Probate

Price Transparency

WILLS

Simple Will: £350 + VAT

Mirror Wills: £500 + VAT

Mirror will including Life Interest Trust: £700 + VAT

Other: price dependent upon requirements

LASTING POWERS OF ATTORNEY

Single LPA: £350 + VAT

Two LPAs: £500 + VAT

Four LPAs: £800 + VAT

Registration Fee: £82 per form filed (dependent upon circumstances)

TRUSTS

These start at £750 + VAT and quotes will be dependent upon circumstances

DECLARATION OF TRUST

Standard declarations to set out any interests in a property £650 + VAT

PROBATE

Grant only: we can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf

How much does this service cost? This service is at a fixed fee of £800 + VAT

This includes: obtaining the Grant, collecting the assets and preparing the Inheritance Tax for IHT205 and supporting documentation.

This does not include the completion of an IHT400 where inheritance tax has to be paid within 6 months of death. In these cases we would discuss the assets involved and provide you with a fixed fee based on the Estate itself.

As part of our fixed fee we will:

Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate solicitor 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

Make the application to the Probate Registry on your behalf 

Obtain the Probate and securely send two copies to you 

Disbursements: these are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Court fees. These are payable by the Estate and by the Executors. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.  

Probate Registry Fees (see below)

ID checks on Executors of £7.20 per Executor

Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department Searches (£2 per beneficiary)

Approximately £250 for a post in The London Gazette and local newspaper - this protects you against unexpected claims from unknown creditors

Financial Asset Search £135 + VAT which will ensure all assets are taken into account 

How long will this take?  On average, Grants of Probate are dealt with within 2-3 months. Ascertaining the assets will typically take around 3-4 weeks, and obtaining the Grant of Probate takes 2-3 weeks.  

Probate Registry Fee: £155 (+ £0.50 per office copy)

Full Administration: We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf. We will also undertake the collecting and distributing of assets.  

How much will it cost? We anticipate this will take between 10 and 15 hours work at £285 per hour. Total costs estimated at £2,850 - £4,275 (+ VAT)

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 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 1-5 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 are no claims made against the Estate

As part of our fee we will:

Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate solicitor to work on your matter

Identify the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries

Acurrately 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

Make the application to the Probate Registry on your behalf

Obtain the Probate and securely send two copies to you

Collect and distribute all assets in the Estate

Disbursements: these are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Court fees.  These are payable by the Estate and by the Executors. We handle the payment of disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.  

Typical disbursements on administration:

Probate Registry Fees (as above)

ID checks on executors of £7.20

Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)

Approximately £250 for a Post in The London Gazette and local newspaper - this protects you against unexpected claims from unknown creditors

Financial Asset Search £135 + VAT which will ensure all assets are taken into account

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.  

What is not included?

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 4-8 months. Typically, obtaining the Grant of Probate takes 6-8 weeks.  Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 4-6 weeks.  Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 2-3 weeks.  

COURT OF PROTECTION

Standard application fees (appointment of Deputy): £950 + VAT. There may be an Application fee to be paid in addition, and the provision of a medical report. Costs for this report vary dependent upon your doctor/professional that is carrying this out.  

Application fee: £385 (this may be waived dependent upon the person's circumstances) .

Other applications and costs: All other costs in the Court of Protection are assessed by the Senior Court Costs Office (SCCO).

Annual fees: costs to be assessed by the SCCO or £1,185 + VAT p/a dependent upon work done. Hourly rate is £215 + VAT per hour.