Simple £150 plus VATSimple for couples £230 plus VAT
Please do get in contact for an estimated quote about more complex requests
Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)
Individual Property and Affairs or Health and Welfare£350 plus VAT + registration fee £82
Individual Property and Affairs and Health and Welfare£500 plus VAT + registration fee £164
Couple Property and Affairs or Health and Welfare£500 plus VAT + registration fee £164
Couple Property and Affairs LPAs and Health and Welfare£800 plus VAT + registration fee £328
Please note: the registration fees are set by law but can be reduced based on income or receipt of certain benefits.
We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Representation on your behalf. We will also undertake the collecting and distributing of assets if required.
How much does this service cost? We largely try to charge on a fixed fee basis for non-contentious probate matters so clients know exactly what they are paying upfront. Our typical and average fixed fee for a full estate administration is around £2,500 plus VAT and disbursements however, each case is unique therefore a fee will be quoted either during or after the initial appointment with one of our solicitors. A fee of £2,500 plus VAT and disbursements is broken down as follows:
TOTAL: fixed fee of £3,407.This includes: obtaining the grant, collecting assets and distributing them.Breakdown of costs:Legal fees £2,500.VAT on legal fees £500.Disbursements (£525 in total):
- Probate court fee of £273 plus £1.50 per extra copy required
- Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary).
- £250 Post in The London Gazette and local newspaper – protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.
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. The above disbursements are general examples. Further disbursements may be required concerning your case and some may be unnecessary.
As part of our fixed fee for a full estate administration 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 witness statement and any other associated documentation concerning the application for the grant of representation;
- Pay any Inheritance Tax;
- Make the application to the Probate Registry on your behalf;
- Obtain a Grant of Representation and send copies to you;
- Prepare a comprehensive set of estate accounts; and
- Collect and distribute all assets in the estate after settling any liabilities.
On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within six-twelve months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes eight-twelve weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between four-twelve weeks. This stage is the most variable in terms of time especially if there is land to deal with because the sale of land (such as a house) requires finding a willing purchaser. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes four weeks.
Estimated time frames
Wills: 4 weeks from initial instructions to signing.LPAs: 16 weeks. This is due to the Office of the Public Guardian registration periodProbates: 6-12 months
To request a copy of a will or lasting power of attorney we require certain documents and authorities. Click on the link below to determine what you need to present.