Fixed fee for applying for the Grant of Representation
Please see below for our fixed fee on obtaining the Grant. This will depending upon the following –
1) The size of the estate
2) Whether or not there is any Inheritance Tax payable
3) Whether or not the Executors or Personal Representatives need to submit a full account to HM Revenue and Customs.
In addition you will need to pay the following disbursements which are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees.
Probate court fee £155 plus £0.50 per copy
Swearing of the oath £7 per executor (this can vary depending whether or not there is a Will).
As part of our fixed fee we will:
- Identify the legally appointed executors or administrators
- 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
- Obtain the Probate and requested number of copies.
Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes between 4 to 16 weeks, but can be considerably longer if Inheritance tax is payable.
Probate and Administration of Estates
This service will involve us applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets. We will handle the full process for you. This guide is for estates where:
- There is a valid will
- There is no more than one property
- There are no more than 4 bank or building society accounts
- There are no other intangible assets
- There are no more than 4 legatees (people or institutions that receive a cash sum)
- There are between 1 and 4 residuary beneficiaries (people who share what is left after all legacies, costs and debts have been discharged)
- There are no disputes between beneficiaries on the division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs
- There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC
- There are no claims made against the estate
Likely disbursements in addition to our fees:
- Probate application fee of £157 (including 4 copies of the Grant)
- £7 Swearing of the oath (per executor) – this can vary slightly
- £3 HM Land Registry office copy entry fee in relation to the property
- Between £200 and £300 – Advertise the death in The London Gazette and a local newspaper – this protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.
These disbursements are not normally subject to VAT.
Our fees are split into two parts; time costs and the value element.
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.
- If any additional copies of the grant are required, they will cost 50p each (1 per asset usually).
- Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.
- Any income tax returns that need to be prepared are not included.
- If the estate is larger than first thought, there are foreign assets or if any lifetime gifts in the seven years prior to death have been made, then this will mean a full Inheritance Tax account will need to be prepared for HM Revenue & Customs and the costs could increase significantly.
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.
This is a small percentage of the value of the estate as declared for Probate purposes and is 50% of any real estate and 1% of everything else (plus VAT).
Therefore, if an estate has a house worth £250,000 and there is £50,000 of other liquid assets, then the value element will be –
Real estate – £250,000 x 0.05% = £1250
Other assets £50,000 x 1% = £500.
Total value element costs £1750 plus VAT.
The full costs involve adding the time fees, value element and disbursements together.
How long will this take?
On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6-9 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 10-16 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 3-10 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 2-3 weeks, although we do recommend that Personal Representatives adhere to the statutory period of waiting 6 months after the date of the Grant of Probate to make sure that there are no claims against the estate
Type of Application
Broad range of Vas Solicitor Fees (excl VAT)
Personal Estate Professional
3% - 4% of Gross Price
3% - 4% of Gross Price
Individual Will - Standard
Individual Will – Complex
Lasting Power of Attorney
Assistance with Estate Administration
Ms Evanjalin Vivek- £165.00 per hour
Mr Veeravagu Vaaheesan £250 per hour
Mr Sunjay Issur - £121.00 per hour
Mr Ashwariya Kuhendiran £121 per hour
Assistance obtaining a Grant of Probate
Probate Team and Experience
Position at Vas Solicitors
Hourly Rate plus VAT
Solicitor of the senior courts
Solicitor of the senior courts
1+ years of experience
3+ years of experience