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Probate Services: Obtaining Grant, collection and distribution of assets

Our Fees

  • Estimate range: £4,000 – £6,000* plus VAT based our hourly rates.
    • £10 plus VAT – Identity verification search (per person)
      • VAT is added to our costs figures, above, and is currently charged at the prevailing rate
      • Disbursements

        £273 – Probate application fee – subject to change in line with Government fees.


        £2 (plus VAT) – Bankruptcy-only land charges department searches (per beneficiary)

        £300-£450 – Advert in newspaper (dependant on local paper charges)


        The fee range is conditional on the below assumptions:

        • There is a valid will
        • There is no more than one property
        • There are no more than 5 bank accounts
        • There are no other intangible assets
        • The full estate is within the UK
        • There are no more than 5 beneficiaries
        • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets.
        • There is no inheritance tax payable
        • The Executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC
        • There are no claims made against the estate
        • What we will do for you

          • 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
          • Identify the information required to make the application
          • Complete the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms based on the information provided by you and obtained from interested parties
          • Draft a legal oath for you to swear
          • Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf and deal with any requisitions
          • Obtain the Grant and collect in the assets and discharge liabilities from funds received
          • Prepare final accounts and distribute
          • Optional Extras

            • Dealing with estates where there is no will
            • Dealing with estates that consist of any shareholdings
            • Additional copies of grant (four will be obtained within the £157 application fee)
            • Sale or transfer of property
            • Dealing with property and/or assets outside of the UK
            • Correspondence relating to a property in the estate that is not sold within 6 months of the date of the Grant of probate
            • The above services are at an additional cost

              On average, estates that fall within the range are dealt with within 6-8 months. Typically, obtaining the Grant of Probate takes 2-3 months. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 2-6 months, dependent on whether there is a house to sell. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally take place 6 months after the date of the Grant.