Fees in Uncontested Probate and Estate Administration Cases
For probate and administration of estates, where the deceased was domiciled in England and Wales at the date of death, our fees are charged according to the gross value of the deceased person’s estate. We charge 2.5% of the gross value of the estate, plus VAT, subject to a minimum fee of £2,500 plus VAT.
For example, where the gross estate is worth £100,000 our fee will be £2,500 plus VAT. If the gross estate is worth £350,000 our fee will be £8750 plus VAT.
We usually charge half of the fee when the application for the Grant of Probate or Administration is lodged with the court, and the other half of the fee when our work is completed.
In addition to the above, disbursements (charges we have to pay on your behalf) will arise during the course of the administration. The most common charge is the court fee payable to obtain the Grant of Probate (or Administration). The fee is currently £155.00 plus £1.50 per additional copy of the Grant which is required. If it is necessary to obtain a valuation of property or personal belongings then the fees are likely to be in the region of £350-£1500 plus VAT. When copies of the Land Registry title of a property are required the fee is £3.00 plus VAT for a copy of each title.
We do not undertake conveyancing work (such as selling the deceased’s home or other property) or commercial transactions (such as commercial conveyancing or transfers of businesses). Where these types of work arise during the course of the administration of an estate we will obtain the Grant of Probate (or Administration) and deal with all other relevant matters, and we will refer you to a conveyancing solicitor to do the conveyancing work. Their fees will be payable directly by you to those solicitors, usually out of the proceeds of sale.
We do, however, undertake other work related to property – for example, dealing with the Land Registry’s requirements following the death of a joint owner of property, and transferring property to beneficiaries under a will.
If you do not require us to carry out the full administration of the estate, but need help with certain aspects of it, we can discuss this with you and provide you with an individual quote for the cost of the work you would like us to do.