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Estate Administration (Probate) Fees

We aim to give you an idea as to the likely costs involved in applying for the Grant of Probate/Letters of Administration, however please be aware that the costs mentioned herein are simply to provide you with an indication; as all matters vary and each client’s requirements are different.

Fixed Fee Work

  • Applying for a Grant of Probate/Letters of Administration only on a straightforward estate (utilising the form IHT205) would be £850 plus VAT and disbursements.
  • Applying for a Grant of Probate/Letters of Administration only on a straightforward estate, where we seek to apply for the rollover of an unused nil rate band (utilising form IHT205 and IHT217) would be £950 plus VAT and disbursements
  • Applying for a Grant of Probate/Letters of Administration only where an Inheritance Tax Account is to be delivered (utilising form IHT400) would be in the region of £1,000 – £2,000 plus VAT and disbursements.

 

Hourly Rate work

All other work, to include full administration, would be based on the hourly rate of the qualified solicitor dealing with your matter.

Typically, a straightforward estate costs would be in the region of £2,000-£7,500 plus VAT and disbursements. The costs in administering a more complex estate would usually be in excess of £10,000 plus VAT and disbursements.

Please note that we also charge an uplift in line Law Society Guidelines, which takes into account the complexity and value of the deceased’s estate. Accordingly the rate applied is 0.5% in reference to the real estate (Ie property) and 1%  in relation to the free estate (i.e. cash, investments etc)

 

Likely Disbursements

This list is not exhaustive but an indication as to what may be due.

Court Fee £155.00

Sealed copies of the Grant £1.50 each

Bankruptcy searches £2/person

S27 Trustee Act Notices £200 (Approx)

Re-issued dividend cheques or fees for lost certificates (these are set by the third party)

 

Please be assured that at your initial appointment, the solicitor will discuss your requirements in full and provide you with a costs estimate.

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