Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets

We anticipate this will take between 10 and 30 hours work at hourly rates between £132.00 (£110 plus VAT @ £22) and £258 (£215 plus VAT @ £43) per hour depending on the level of experience and qualification of the fee earner. Total cost estimated at £2,400 (£2,000 plus VAT @ £400) – £6,600 (£6,000 plus VAT @ £600).

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 leave to an increase in costs
  • There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full amount to HMRC
  • There are no claims made against the estate
  • There are no foreign assets
  • There are no beneficiaries to trace

Additional disbursements include:

  • Probate application fee – £155
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (per beneficiary) – £2
  • Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors – £82
  • Post in Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims – £130

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 shareholdings (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 50p (1 per asset usually).
  • Missing asset search.
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.
  • Dealing with deceased’s lifetime tax position.
  • Requirements for registration and tax returns for complex estates.

How long will this take?

On average. Estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6-12 months. Typically, obtaining the Grant of Probate takes 6-8 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 4-12 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes up to 12 months.

Who will carry out the work?

We have a highly experienced team of five fee earners who may work on your matter complemented by support staff.

Regardless of who woks on your matter, they will be supervised by Emma Bell.

Emma Bell

Emma qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and works exclusively on estate planning and administration, care home fee planning, wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

Nigel Richardson

Nigel qualified as a solicitor over 40 years ago and specialises in Court of Protection work and the administration of estates.

Diane McKechnie

Diane qualified as a solicitor in 1985 and specialises in estate and succession planning, trusts and care home fee planning. Diane is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Emma Da Silva

Emma joined the firm in 2015 and is a Chartered Legal Executive. She has a background of litigation work but is currently training to be a full time member of the Probate department.

Vicki Thornes

Vicki joined us in 2015 from Andrew Jackson Solicitors. She has attained Level 3 ILEX. Vicki has been undertaking administration of estates, wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney for over 20 years.

Fee Earner Charging Rates

All qualified solicitors charge £276 (£230 plus VAT £46) per hour. Other named fee earners charge £234 (£195 plus VAT £39) per hour.