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Estate Administration Costs

Applying for the Grant of Representation

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?

We charge a fixed fee of £600 +VAT for a Grant of Representation if no inheritance tax is payable and you provide the information about all the assets and liabilities of the estate.

If inheritance tax is payable or a more complicated inheritance tax form, IHT400 is required, we will charge a fixed fee between £1,000 and £1,200 +VAT depending on the detail required. Again, this is based on the provision of information from you about all assets and liabilities and their values.

If you need help obtaining information about assets and liabilities, we can assist with this (see below). This includes the obtaining of the Grant.

Disbursements

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 total is usually £200 excluding the notices.
  • Probate court fee of £155 plus 50p for each additional copy (this is subject to change – see our Article)
  • £7 Swearing of the oath (per executor where there is a will; £5 per representative if no will)
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)
  • Up to £200 for a notice to be entered in The London Gazette and the local newspaper. This protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.

As part of our fixed fee, we will:

  • Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate solicitor or technician 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 Grant of Representation and securely send two copies to you.

On average, estates that fall within a non-taxable estates typically obtain the Grant of Representation within 2 to 3 months from receipt of all the information.  If inheritance tax is payable, the time to obtain the details to submit the inheritance tax form is usually 2 to 3 months and thereafter the application for the Grant is 2-3 months from the receipt of the inheritance tax calculation. In summary, if inheritance tax is payable, the Grant will take up to 6 months to obtain.

Collecting the information and the assets and distributing the estate

We anticipate that this will take between 1 to 2 hours of work for each asset/institution.  This is usually £200-300 +VAT for each asset.

This is only a broad estimate because it depends on the type of asset and the requirements from the institution.  The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, the costs will be at the lower end of the range but if there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, the costs will be at the higher end.


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.

Similarly, if there is a property, it will be necessary to obtain a valuation and if a sale or transfer is required, there will be additional costs and a quote can be provided.