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Our Pricing

We want you to be clear about how much it will cost to complete an estate administration after someone has died.

We calculate our fees on a formula basis. We don’t charge fixed fees or take a percentage of the estate. We think this makes our fees realistic from the start as the quote is based on the actual assets and liabilities in the estate.

We are happy to talk you through our prices so call the Tax and Estate Planning Team on 0117 926 4121 for a quote.

Administration of an Estate
To complete an estate administration will take around 30 hours. This includes:

  • Getting a valuation of the assets in the estate
  • Completing a short inheritance tax form
  • Obtaining a Grant of Representation (also known as grant of probate)
  • Calling in the assets (collecting any money owed to the estate and liquidating the assets)
  • Paying all liabilities (money owed by the estate)
  • Distributing the estate as instructed by the will

Our hourly rates will depend on who is dealing with the estate and there may be a mixture of levels. You can see a table outlining all hourly rates at the bottom of this page.

Total estimated costs would be from £5,000 to £7,500 (£6,000 to £9,000 including VAT)

These costs include full administration of the estate, as listed above, and apply to estates where:

  • There is a valid will with no disputes between beneficiaries or personal representatives
  • There are no more than two personal representatives
  • There is no property
  • There are no more than two bank or building society accounts
  • There are no intangible assets such as Bitcoin, goodwill in business or copyrights
  • There is a state pension and no more than one private pension
  • There are no more than two beneficiaries
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries about the estate. Costs will increase where there is a dispute
  • There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC
  • There are no claims against the estate

Additional Costs
On top of your legal fees, there are additional costs to pay to third parties. These are known as disbursements. We will pay these on your behalf to make a smoother process and bill you for them. These include:

Dying Without A Will (Intestate)
If there is no valid will and we need to trace family, fees will be approximately £1,000 (£1,200 including VAT).

Estates Where Inheritance Tax is Payable
We are happy to give you a quote for our fees on estates where Inheritance Tax is payable. These estates usually include property and shares but can be estates where there are large sums of cash held in bank accounts and building societies. We can give you a quote once we know what assets and liabilities are included in the estate. Please call our Probate Team on 0117 926 4121 to discuss this further.

Any Inheritance Tax, Capital Gains Tax or Income Tax payable on the Estate
The amount payable and the taxes payable will depend on the assets in the estate.

Court Application Fee - Grant of Representation                                
£155 (no VAT)

Additional copies of Grant of Representation                       
50p per copy (no VAT)(One required for each asset)

Swearing of Oath
£7 per executor plus £2 per codicil (no VAT)

Posts in local paper & London Gazette
Approximately £250 including VAT (These help protect against unknown creditors)

Professional Valuations of assets
Amount depends on the value of the item - for example jewellery

Costs Not Included
Here is a list of the costs not included.

  • If there is one or more properties included in the estate
  • Any variations made to the will after death
  • There are more than two bank or building society accounts
  • There are various investments with historic paperwork and investigation is needed
  • There are any stocks and bonds in the estate.
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate & conveyancing fees
  • Income tax return
  • Capital gains tax return
  • Any claims against the estate
  • Any disputes between the beneficiaries or personal representatives

We are happy to provide you with a quote for any of these circumstances. Just call our probate team on 0117 926 4121.

How Long Will It Take?
Estates like the one outlined above will usually take between 4-8 months.

The Grant of Representation usually takes 8-10 weeks. Assets are then collected which takes between 4-6 weeks. After this and depending on instructions from the personal representatives, we can distribute the estate in about 2-3 weeks.

More complex estates will take longer. This could include estates where we have to trace family and where there are complicated assets or finances to investigate.

Hourly Rates
Here are details of our hourly rates:

£250   (£300 including VAT)

Associate or solicitor with four years'plus litigation experience            
£195   (£234 including VAT)

£175   (£210 including VAT)

Licensed Conveyancer
£160   (£192 including VAT)

Legal Executive
£160   (£192 including VAT)

£120   (£144 including VAT)

Paralegal/Legal Assistant
£120   (£144 including VAT)