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Probate Pricing

Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets

We anticipate this will take between 6 and 20 hours work at £100 – £217 per hour. Total costs estimated at £800 – £12,500 (no 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 4 bank or building society accounts

There are no other intangible assets

There are 1 – 4 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 £155.00

£5 Swearing of the oath (per executor) plus £2 for the Will

Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£5 per beneficiary)

£69.50 plus VAT Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.

£105.20 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 £0.50p (1 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 4-36 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 3-12 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 3-6 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 2-6 weeks.

Example template (fixed fee)

Probate

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?

TOTAL: fixed fee of £1,141.70 (No. VAT).

This includes: obtaining the grant, collecting assets and distributing them.

Breakdown of costs:

Legal fees £800

VAT on legal fees – none

Disbursements (£341.70 in total):

Probate court fee of £155.

£5 Swearing of the oath (per executor).

Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£5 per beneficiary).

£69.50 plus vat Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.

£105.20 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.

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

Obtain the Probate and securely send two copies to you

Collect and distribute all assets in the estate

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 4-12 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 3-12 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 3-6 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 2-6 weeks.

How Can We Support You?

Get in touch with us or arrange an appointment in person.

Dudden Law is the trading name of Dudden Law Solicitors Limited who are authorised & regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (662668)

Dudden Law Solicitors Limited is registered in England and Wales (Reg. No. 12045601). A list of the directors can be seen here.

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