Obtaining a Grant of Probate (where there is a Will)

We are often asked to simply obtain a Grant of Probate for our clients in an estate, either because this is all that is needed to be carried out in the administration process, or because our clients are happy to carry out the rest of the administration of the estate themselves.  This situation tends to be more usual when the estate is under £325,000 and no significant gifts have been made in the 7 years preceding the deceased’s death.

Our fee is fixed at £800 + VAT for obtaining a Grant of Probate where there is a valid Will and all assets of the estate are UK based.

Our fee includes the preparation and lodgement of the probate papers and HMRC IHT205 with the Probate Registry.  Should the estate be of a higher value than £325,000 or if significant gifts have been made before death by the deceased or they had assets outside of the UK, then we will agree a suitable fixed or capped fee with you at the outset of the matter.

There will be fees that have to also be paid to third parties (we call these disbursements) and these are currently:-

  • Probate court application fee of £155.00. (Fee increases have been expected since 01/04/19)
  • Copies of the Grant – £1.50 per copy. (We recommend 1 copy per asset in the estate).
  • Bankruptcy Searches – £2.00 per Executor.

Applying for a Grant of Letters of Administration (where there is no Will)

Where there is no Will or there is a valid Will but it does not appoint any Executors, then instead of a Grant of Probate, a Grant of Letters of Administration is obtained.  Again, we are often called upon just to obtain this document.  In this case, there may be a little more work involved as we have to ensure that there is no valid Will before we make an application for the Grant.