Probate (IHT205 Estate)

We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf. We will also undertake the collecting and distributing of assets.

How much does this service cost?

No probate matter is ever the same and so our fees will reflect the particular requirements of your matter.  The figures quoted below may vary in cases with added complexities, and therefore we cannot give you a fully reliable estimate of the cost of us helping you until we have details of the matter.  That’s why we’ll always give you an individual cost estimate at the start of the transaction.  Of course, if your matter then develops any unexpected complication, we will always advise you of this immediately; and would fully discuss the potential consequences of that before any additional charges are incurred.

Our charges will be calculated primarily by reference to the time spent on the matter, although other factors may be taken into account. These include the complexity of the matter, the importance and urgency of the matter to you; and the skill, effort, specialist knowledge and responsibility involved in dealing with it on your behalf.  The time spent will be charged in units of one-tenth of an hour.

We estimate our fees excluding VAT and disbursements will be approximately £3,000 to £5,000 for a standard Estate that requires an IHT 205. VAT will be charged at 20% on top of this.

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements, where possible, on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Potential Disbursements:

  • Probate court fee of £155 (+ 50p per office copy)
  • £5 (+ £2 if there is a Will)  Swearing of the oath (per executor).
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 + VAT per beneficiary).
  • Land Registry office copies £6 + VAT
  • Advertisements in The London Gazette and a Local Newspaper – to protect against unexpected claims from unknown creditors are approximately £250 + VAT depending on the newspaper.

As part of our fee we will:

  • Provide you with an experienced probate advisor to work on your matter
  • Help you identify the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries
  • Identify the type of Probate application you will require
  • 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
  • Obtain the Probate
  • Collect and distribute assets in the estate

We would expect Estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 12 months, but you should bear in mind that sometimes these matters can be swifter or in some cases take considerably longer due to matters outside our control. We will, however, make every possible effort to ensure that it is completed as soon as is reasonably practicable and to keep you informed of progress.