Probate Fees

We will endeavour to agree a fixed fee with you in relation to probate matters.

We will endeavour to agree a fixed fee with you in relation to probate matters.

The amount of work can vary greatly as some estates are simple whilst others can be complex.

The fixed fee will depend on an assessment by us of the likely amount of time we will spend on the transaction at hourly rates that range from £120 per hour to £250 per hour (dependent on the seniority of the person dealing with the matter).

In addition to our fee, disbursements may be payable. These are costs that are payable to third parties e.g. Probate court fee of £155.


In the case of a relatively straightforward estate where the deceased left a will and no inheritance tax is due with a few bank accounts our fee would be in the region of £2,500.00 plus VAT.

In some cases it may be difficult for us to estimate the amount of work likely to be involved and we would agree to act on the basis of an hourly rate.

As part of our fixed fee, we will:

  • Arrange a meeting for you to see an experienced probate solicitor who will advise you on the procedure, time usually taken to complete the matter and take full instructions. This meeting can take place at your home if you wish;
  • Make a list of all of the deceased’s assets and debts and  write to the banks etc for a statement of the balance held in the various accounts in order to complete the legal documents required;
  • Write to the beneficiaries of the estate;
  • Complete the Probate Application and the Inheritance Tax return form (known as an IHT205);
  • Make an application to the Probate Court;
  • Attend to the statutory advertisement for creditors;
  • Obtain the Probate and then proceed to collect in all assets and pay debts;
  • Prepare an Estate Account and finally make the distribution to the various beneficiaries.