Our overall fees vary depending upon how complex your case is and what you would like us to do. For a free quote specifically tailored to your circumstances, please contact our Slough office on 01753 475 400 to arrange 20 minutes free consultation with our Probate Solicitor. We would be more than happy to discuss your case.
To give you an idea of how we charge however, please see the following information and where VAT is referred to below please note that this will be charged at the applicable rate, which is currently 20%.
Uncontested Probate- Full administration
Standard probate work: applying for a ‘Grant of Probate’ and Collecting and Distributing Assets in a ‘simple’ matter.
This is the most common type of probate work which we deal with, namely where someone has passed away leaving a will which is not disputed. Our standard charges for an Uncontested Probate matter start from £1,200.00 plus VAT or range between 1.5% to 3.5% of the gross value of the estate, depending on the complexity of the matter.
Our fee for Contested Probate depends on the basis of time spent on the matter.
Our hourly rates are as follows:
Partner: £250 plus VAT
Solicitor: £200 plus VAT (with over 3 years of experience)
Solicitor: £160.00 plus VAT (3 years’ experience or less)
Trainee Solicitor: £120 plus VAT
Please note our fees may vary depending on:
1. The size of the estate and assets
2. Whether there is a valid Will
3. The complexity of the Will
4. Involvement of any trusts
Disbursements are payments that we make to third parties on your behalf. These are separate payments for which the estate is liable in addition to our costs as described above.
In addition to our professional charges, the following disbursements may be payable:
1. Probate Fees: £155 plus £1.50p per copy of the Grant
2. Valuation fees (such as, valuation of the property and chattels etc)
3. Office copies- Usually £3 per office copy but dependent on number of properties
4. Land Registry Fees- dependent on value of the property
5. Statutory notices, for example, notices in The London Gazette and local newspapers etc.
Additional disbursements may be applicable depending on the specific nature of your case.
How long will my case take?
This depends on the complexity of your matter and whether the probate is contested uncontested. On average, an uncontested probate matter can take up to 6 months from the time of your instructions to completion.