PROBATE FEES INFORMATION

Saul Marine-Principal

Saul is head of our Probate team and has been practising Probate for over 19 years. Saul has a LLB degree from the University of West London. Saul qualified as a Solicitor in March 1984, his initial experience being in Civil Litigation and since the practice started on 1 May 1999, he has also worked in Probate. His experience gives our practice the unique ability to use his Dispute Resolution skills to reduce possible disputes that may arise. Probate work in the practice is supervised by Saul Marine – Principal of the practice who is assisted by Dylane Dawkins – Trainee Solicitor.

Dylane has worked in the practice since November 2014 and has almost completed his training contract and Dylane will be applying for admission as a Solicitor.

Saul Marine Hourly rate – £265.00 per hour plus VAT
Dylane Dawkins Hourly rate – £120.00 per hour plus VAT

The work involved relates to apply for the grant of probate, collecting and distributing the assets.

Projected costs in respect of work in this section can vary depending on the value nature and number of assets and complexity of the work.

Essentially the charges may consist of two elements: an hourly rate and secondly a value element, being a valuation of the assets in the estate.

Value:

It is usual to divide the estate into two parts

  1. The deceased residence – this is the value of the deceased’s home or as much of it as they owned. If the property is jointly owned the values reduced by half.
  2. Value of the rest of the estate.

An appropriate percentage is then applied to the value of the assets.

  1. Where a Solicitor is not acting as executor then the value of the gross estate less residence is calculated and a percentage of 1% is applied with the value of the residence applying a percentage of 0.5%.
  2. Where the Solicitor acts as a sole executor or joint executor with another person, the value of the gross estate less residence is calculated and a percentage of 1.5% is applied with the value of the residence applying a percentage of 0.75%.

Final figures will always be reviewed to ensure that the charges are fair and reasonable having regard to all the circumstances.

In high-value estates, we will give consideration to reducing the value element percentage charge in order to ensure that the overall level of charges fair and reasonable.

In relation to estates where there is one beneficiary and no property, we expect that the costs could range between £800 and £1500 plus VAT in circumstances where there is no more than 2 to 3 bank or building society accounts, no other intangible assets and no dispute between beneficiaries on division of assets. If a dispute arise, this is likely to lead to an increase in costs. Furthermore in these cases no inheritance tax would be payable and the executors would not need to submit a full account to HMRC and there are no claims made against the estate.

In all cases, we would ask you to apply for a more accurate estimate which can be given once we have received all details of the estate and the above is only an estimate of the likely costs and we cannot guarantee that actual costs for your matter will be in this range.

In all work under this section there will be disbursements payable in addition to our legal fees as follows:

  • Probate application fee: estimated £100.00
  • Swearing of an oath fee per executor: £20
  • Bankruptcy – HM Land Registry searches: £2 per beneficiary
  • Advertisement in the London Gazette to protect against unexpected claims from unknown creditors: £62.15 plus VAT or in the local newspaper in the range of £185.00 plus VAT

Disbursements related to your matter are those payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smooth process.
Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included in these fees and please see our conveyancing fees.

On average we estimate the process can take between 3 to 4 months. Typically obtaining the grant of probate can take between 6 to 8 weeks. Collecting assets then follows which can take between 6 to 12 weeks. Once this has been done we can distribute the assets which normally takes 2 to 3 weeks.