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Probate and Estate Administration fees

Section 1: Fixed fees for obtaining the grant of Probate or Letters of Administration only (where the executors or administrators wish to deal with all other aspects of the estate administration themselves)

Obtaining the grant of probate or letters of administration

£595 plus VAT

Grant application fee

£155* plus 0.50p per official copy

Typical Land Registry fees to check the title if the estate includes a property


Section 2: Additional fees if the estate is taxable (i.e. if inheritance tax is payable) or if complex inheritance tax forms are required to claim available tax reliefs

Charge for completion of inheritance tax forms

£950 plus VAT

Additional charge if claiming complex tax reliefs, such as Business Property relief, Agricultural relief or the transferable nil-rate band

£500 plus VAT

Arranging for payment of the tax due and obtaining necessary receipts

£150 plus VAT

Section 3: Fees payable in addition to the above if our work also includes the administration of the estate, collecting the assets and paying liabilities and distributing to the beneficiaries

Charge per asset collected or forming part of the estate

£50 plus VAT or 0.5% of probate value (whichever is the higher)

Charge for each bill or liability to be paid from the estate

£50 plus VAT

Charge per beneficiary being paid from the estate

£100 plus VAT

Bankruptcy search fee per UK beneficiary


Bankruptcy search fee for each foreign domiciled beneficiary

Variable (depending on the country involved)

Conveyancing fees per property

Variable (Please see our conveyancing webpage or ask us for a quotation)

This fee schedule assumes that all of the assets are in the UK and that there are no disputes concerning the Will or intestacy.
Any work outside the scope of this fee schedule is usually charged for on an hourly rate ranging from £185 per hour to £250 per hour plus VAT calculated in 6 minute units.
* The Government is proposing to make radical changes to the way Court fees are charged on Probate applications so that it is based on the value of the estate passing under the grant of Probate rather than a low fixed fee of £155. However, no date has yet been set for these to come into force. The £155 fee may therefore change during the administration of the estate. In some cases this will increase the cost substantially whilst in others it will mean that the fee will no longer apply. Such changes are outside of our control.

Fees current as of 9th May 2019

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