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Applying for the Grant, Collecting & Distributing the Assets – Varying Costs

The exact costs of a probate application will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter: for example, costs will be at the lower end of the range in the table below if there is a single beneficiary or no property. Please see the table below for an overview of our pricing, and the factors that have an impact on that pricing.

Applying for the Grant, Collecting & Distributing Assets
Estimated costs, which vary by Solicitor
 Between 4 and 6 hours of work  £295 per hour
 Total estimated cost  £1,500 + (+VAT)
 This Estimate is for Estates Where:
  • There is a valid will
  • There is no more than one property
  • There are no more than 3 bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are no more than 4 beneficiaries
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of the 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

These are costs payable to third parties related to your matter. We handle these payments on your behalf.


Potential additional costs

There are a range of factors that may result in additional costs which are outlined in the table below.

These may vary on the estate and how it is being dealt with.

  • If the estate is taxable or we need to make any claims to reduce a potential inheritance tax charge
  • If the estate includes trust assets or foreign property
  • If the deceased made substantial gifts within the last seven years
  • If the estate is more than £1 million and there is a surviving spouse
  • If only part of the transferable nil rate band is available
  • If there is no will

How long will this take?

We have outlined an average timescale for the typical estates which fall into this category. Please be aware that this timescale will vary based on individual circumstances and these timescales are meant to be considered as a guide only.

Stage of Application Typical Timescale
Obtaining the Grant of Probate 3 – 6 weeks
Collection of assets around 12 weeks (longer if there are properties to sell)
Distribution of assets 1 week
Total process 7-10 weeks

Due to coronavirus, there are currently significant delays at the Registry.