SRA Transparency Rules

Our Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Transparency Rules are divided into four sections: Conveyancing | Probate | Employment | Debt Recovery.


Probate

Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets

We anticipate this will take between 10 and 50 hours work at £300.00 per hour. Total costs estimated between £3,000-£15,000 (+VAT).

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 10 bank or building society accounts;
  • There are no other intangible assets;
  • There are 1-6 beneficiaries;
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs; and
  • There are no claims made against the estate

Disbursements included in this fee:

  • Probate application fee of £155.00;
  • £7.00 Swearing of the oath (per executor);
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2.00 per beneficiary);
  • £84.60 plus VAT Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors; and
  • £185.00 plus VAT Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims.

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 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 £0.50 (1 per asset usually).

Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.

Any post death variations will also carry an additional charge.

How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 12 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 4-16 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 4-12 weeks.

We can also offer a fixed fee service for probate where there is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC.

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

How much does this service cost?

TOTAL: fixed fee of £2,400 (incl. VAT).

This includes: obtaining the grant only.

Breakdown of costs:

  • Legal fees £2,000;
  • VAT on legal fees £400.00;
  • Disbursements (£X in total):
    • Probate court fee of £155.00 and £0.50 for any additional sealed copies;
    • £7.00 swearing of the oath (per executor);
    • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£X per beneficiary when required);
    • £84.60 plus VAT post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors. (If applicable and required); and
    • £185.00 plus VAT post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims. (If applicable and required).

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.

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 the relevant HMRC forms;
  • Draft a legal oath for you to swear;
  • Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf; and
  • Obtain the Probate and securely send two copies to you.

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 1-3 months.