Probate (Uncontested) Work Fees

Private Client 

Fixed fee for applying for the Grant of Representation (Probate)

If you would like to deal with the majority of the estate administration yourself but would like us to just apply for the Grant then we can prepare and submit the HMRC forms and Online Probate application for you.

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.

Fixed fees

Up to £5,000: £950 plus VAT.

Over £5,000 up to £1,000,000: 2000-£3,500 plus VAT.

Estate value over 1 million but no IHT due to spousal charity exemption: £3,500-£5,500 plus VAT.

Estate subject to inheritance tax: £5,500 to £7,500.

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. 

Disbursements

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. 

Value element 

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? 

To hear back from all asset holders with the valuations that are required to complete the probate papers for HMRC and the Probate Court usually takes between 2 to 3 months.  Once all this information is obtained then an application to extract the Grant will be made to the Probate Court. At present it is taking around 8 – 10 weeks for  Grant to be issued where there is no tax payable and it will approximately a further 6 weeks if tax is payable by HMRC.  We will then collect in the assets and distribute the estate to the beneficiaries.  Most estates when properly administered can take between 9 months to 1 year to finalise but the time frames will vary depending upon the number of assets in the estate, the location in the world of the assets, the tax position of the estate and the number of beneficiaries.  Very complex estates can take much longer.

Type of Application

Broad range of Vas Solicitor Fees (excl VAT)

Personal Estate Professional

3% - 4% of Gross Price

Personal Residence

3% - 4% of Gross Price

Individual Will - Standard

£250.00

Individual Will – Complex 

£400.00

Lasting Power of Attorney

£82.00

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

Name

Position at Vas Solicitors

Qualifications

Relevant Experience

Hourly Rate plus VAT

Veeravagu Vaaheesan

Solicitor/Director

Solicitor of the senior courts

10+ PQE

£250.00

Evanjalin Vivekanandarajah

Solicitor/Director

Solicitor of the senior courts

3+ PQE

£165.00

Ashwariya Kuhendiran

Paralegal

LLM

1+ years of experience

£121.00

Sunjay Issur

Trainee Solicitor

LLB

3+ years of experience

£121.00