Probate Fees

 

In line with the transparency rules laid down by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Bhogal & Co. Solicitors have a transparent solicitor fee structure for legal advice, applications, court work and in respect of our Probate Fees. We offer a range of service options to suit your needs, with the aim of helping the public make informed choices about who to instruct.

The priced listed below are for guidance only. We will give you an accurate quote reflecting the complexity and urgency of your case in advance of any work undertaken.

 

All Prices are subject to VAT @ 20%

If you decide to instruct us, we will request a payment on account of the legal costs we have estimated. Typically, this is between £500 and £1000 excluding vat.

In our Client Care Letter, which you will receive at the start of your case, we publish hourly fee rates for our professional staff; however, when quoting for work, we normally provide a range of potential fees to cover all work on your application.

In our Client Care Letter, you will be refered to our terms of business.

We adopt a collegiate approach to our work, which means that lawyers of varying experience, from paralegals to qualified solicitors, may work on your case at different times. We will make clear in our client engagement letter who is responsible for your file, and we will name the remaining members of the team whom you can expect to know about the progress of your case.

1. Applying for the Grant of Representation Only (for either the Grant of Probate or Grant of Letters of Administration)

We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Representation on your behalf. The Grant of Probate is required when there is a will, and the Grant of Letters of Administration is required when there is no will. You will be able to administer the estate yourself once the Grant of Representation or Letters of Administration have been issued or we can do it on your behalf (see below).

How much does this service cost?

TOTAL: fixed fee of £700.00 inclusive of VAT and inclusive of disbursements (expenses)

The disbursements included in our fixed fee are:

  • Probate court fee of £155.00.
  • £7 Swearing of the oath per Executor or £5.00 per Administrator.
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per Executor/Administrator).

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.
  • Accurately identify the type of probate application you will require.
  • Complete the probate application and the relevant HMRC (tax) forms.
  • Draft a legal oath for you to swear.
  • Make the application to the Probate Registry on your behalf.
  • Obtain the probate and send court sealed copies to you.

This fixed fee quote is for estates where:

  • You provide to us all of the details of the net value of the estate. This includes all of the date of death balances for any bank accounts or policies, a valuation of any properties, and the debts of the estate.
  • There are no other intangible assets.
  • There are no disputes between Executors or Administrators. 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.

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within two to three months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes four weeks to be issued by the Probate Registry once the application has been submitted. We will provide you with the Grant of Representation and court sealed copies to allow you to administer the estate yourself, if that is what you choose. Alternatively, we can take care of the whole process for you from start to finish. We can provide you with a fixed price quote for the full service once we have the additional information concerning the estate which you would otherwise take care of yourself.  For further information and a fixed price quote, please call us on +44 121 523 7171 or submit the enquiry form on this page. Unlike the big banks and organisations that advertise on radio, we are lawyers who will make sure that dealing with the estate will be dealt with sympathetically, efficiently and with the minimum of fuss at a time when you just want the job to be done properly, without having to worry about it.

2. Applying for the Grant of Representation, collecting and distributing the assets

We anticipate this will take between 5 and 10 hours work at £195 per hour. Total costs are estimated at £1,800 to £3,000  These costs are inclusive of both the VAT and the disbursements.

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 that is not disputed, or there is no 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 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.
  • £7.00 Swearing of the oath (per executor).
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary).

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 are any shareholdings (stocks and bonds) there are 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.
  • 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 three to six months. Typically, obtaining the Grant of Probate takes four weeks to be issued by the Probate Registry once the application has been submitted. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between four and eight  weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets from the policies and accounts, which normally takes two to three weeks.The property can be sold, or transferred to the beneficiaries, once the Grant of Representation has been issued.