A Will sets out exactly what you want to happen to your property and assets and allows you to choose who you would like to deal with your affairs after your death. You can leave specific gifts to loved ones and friends and also make charitable gifts.

A Will allows you to make provisions for any children or other dependents you may have, for example, your Will could contain provisions setting out who you would want to care for your children in the event of your death.

It is not sufficient to expect your family to inherit your assets automatically. The Law on Intestacy (dying without a Will) is complex and will not necessarily reflect your wishes. The result may not be what you would have chosen.

Wills Charges

Single Will   (Standard)                                                     £100 plus VAT

Mirror Will   (Standard)                                                     £150 plus VAT

If the Will is more complex a quote will be provided at the time of instruction

 

PROBATE

Probate Uncontested

Applying for the Grant

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

How much does this service cost?

Fixed Fee:                                                       £300 inclusive of VAT

(including completion of form                        + Disbursements

IHT 205)

Disbursements

  • Probate Fee £155
  • Swearing of Oath £7 *
  • (per Executor)
  • Additional copies of the
  • Grant 50p each

Fixed Fee:                                                       £540 inclusive of VAT

(including completion of form                        + Disbursements

IHT 400 & Schedules)

Disbursements

  • Probate Fee £155
  • Swearing of Oath £7 *
  • (per Executor)
  • Additional copies of the
  • Grant 50p each

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties. We have the payment of the disbursement on your behalf to ensure a smooth process.

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 relevant HMRC forms
  • Draft a legal Oath for you to swear *
  • Make the application to the Probate Registry on your behalf

Typically obtaining the Grant of Probate takes 28 days.

* The requirement to swear an Oath is to be replaced by signing a Statement of Truth

Dealing with the Administration of the Estate (Executor is not a partner in the firm) by collecting and distributing (uncontested)

We anticipate this will take between 8 and 20 hours work at £200 per hour (240 inclusive of VAT). Total costs estimated at between £1,600 – £4,000 plus VAT and disbursements.

The exact cost will depend on 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 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

Disbursements not included in the fees:-

  • Bankruptcy – only Land Charges Department searches – £2 per beneficiary
  • Publication of the Statutory Notices in London Gazette and local newspaper to help protect against unexpected claims estimate at £220 inclusive of VAT but will vary from case to case

Potential Additional Costs

If there is no Will or the estate consists of any shareholding (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.

  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included – see Conveyancing Section

How long will this take

On average estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 4-8 months after obtaining the Grant of Probate including distribution of the assets.

Dealing with the Administration of Estate (Partner in the firm is an Executor) by collecting and distributing the assets (uncontested)

In addition to the hourly rate above account may be taken of the value of the assets of the estate in accordance with the Law Society Guidelines as follows:-

1.5% of the gross value of the estate excluding the value of the property

0.75% of the value of the property

The final figure will always be reviewed to ensure that the charges are fair and reasonable having regard to all the circumstances.