Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets (Hourly rate)
We anticipate this will take between 10 and 20 hours work at £250 per hour. Total costs estimated at between £2,500 and £5,000 (excluding VAT).
We will also charge a further 1.5% on the value of liquid assets and 0.75% on the value of any freehold or leasehold property.
The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter and the net worth value of the estate. 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 3 bank or building society accounts
There are no other intangible assets
There are a maximum of 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 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 included in this fee:
Probate application fee of £155
Bankruptcy only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)
£200 to £300 Post in The London Gazette and local newspaper – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.
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 are 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 (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 4 to 7 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 6 to 12 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 4 to 8 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 4 to 8 weeks.
Where Inheritance Tax is payable, we will be required to carry out more work including the submission of a full account to the Inland Revenue and our costs will increase based upon the additional time taken and at the hourly rate shown above. We shall be able to give you a full costs estimate of this once we have more information.
To find out more, call Grazyna Scotford on 0208 864 0722 alternatively, e-mail her at: