Kidderminster | 01562 822 295
Stourport | 01299 822 033

Uncontensted Probate Fees

Kidderminster Office

29 Church Street, Kidderminster,
Worcestershire, DY10 2AU

 01562 822295

Stourport Office

1 New Street, Stourport-on Severn
Worcestershire, DY13 8UN

 01299 822033

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Uncontested Probate Fees

 

Probate is the court-supervised process of gathering a deceased person’s assets, paying debts and taxes and distributing what is left to those who are named as beneficiaries in the Will.

Uncontested probate is where there is no dispute over the Will and distribution of assets.

Below we provide you with information on our legal fees, disbursements and the length of time it will take to complete your matter.

 

Legal Fees and Disbursements

Legal fees are the amount you will be required to pay for all of the work performed by us in actioning your instructions, from the commencement of your case to the conclusion.

For some types of work, we can offer you a fixed fee.  This is where we believe that most of the information we need will be known at the outset.  These costs are set out in the fixed costs menu below.

 

Private Client – Fixed Costs Menu

Please note the following regarding all fixed costs stated below:

  • All prices are starting from. Once we have met with you and have taken full instructions, our fees for dealing with your matter may be more than that stated below if additional work is required or if the issue is more complex than usual. For example, if a letter of wishes needs to be prepared, in addition to your Will, then additional charges may apply.
  • All prices are exclusive of VAT. VAT will be added at the current rate (presently 20%)
  • If we are required to meet with you away from the office (for example, at your own home), then additional charges may be made.
  • Travelling expenses are charged at 45p per mile plus VAT (total 54p per mile).
  • *The fixed fee for a grant only applications: this is only for estates that are not taxable; where an IHT205 form (only) is required to be completed and where all necessary information (and evidence thereof) relating to the assets and liabilities of the estate has been ascertained by you. All other cases will be dealt with in accordance with our hourly rate (see our administration of estate client care/costs letter)
General Fixed Fee Meeting (Lasting more than one hour)

E.g. general advice concerning care fees, general advice regarding the administration of a deceased estate.

Fixed Fee (All prices are “starting from”) VAT Total
£200.00 £40.00 £240.00
Wills
Information Fixed Fee (All prices are “starting from”) VAT Total
Will for an individual £250.00 £50.00 £300.00
Wills for a couple (“mirror” Wills) £400.00 £80.00 £480.00
Wills which include Trust provisions (individuals) £500.00 £100.00 £600.00
Wills which include Trust provisions (couples) £800.00 £160.00 £960.00
Deed of Severance
Information Fixed fee (all prices are “starting from”) VAT Total
Relating to land includes updating the title at Land Registry (where applicable) £200.00 £40.00 £240.00
Grant Only Application (for deceased estates)*
Information Fixed Fee (All prices are “starting from”) VAT Total
IHT205 (no tax to pay) £750.00 £150.00 £900.00
IHT400 (no tax to pay) £1,500.00 – £4000.00 £300.00 – £800.00 £1,800.00 – £4,800.00
General power of attorney
Fixed fee (all prices are “starting from”) VAT Total
£150.00 £30.00 £180.00
Lasting powers of attorney (LPA)
Information Fixed fee (all prices are “starting from”) VAT Total
Property and financial LPA (Individual) £500.00 £100.00 £600.00
Property and financial LPA (Couple – 2 people) £800.00 £160.000 £960.00
Health and welfare LPA (Individual) £500.00 £100.00 £600.00
Health and welfare LPA (Couple – 2 people) £800.00 £160.00 £960.00
Property and financial LPA and health and welfare LPA (Individual) £800.00 £160.00 £960.00
Property and financial LPA and health and welfare LPA (Couple – 2 people) £1,600.00 £320.00 £1,920.00
Registration of an enduring power of attorney

(provided the matter does not turn contentious)

Fixed fee (all prices are “starting from”) VAT Total
£500.00 £100.00 £600.00
Solicitor certified copy of a document (per copy)
Fixed Fee (All prices are “starting from”) VAT Total
£20.00 £4.00 £24.00

Full Uncontested Probate

Where we do not know all the details relating to your matter (for example, in administering a deceased person’s estate from start to finish which will involve us in investigating and ascertaining assets liabilities and even beneficiaries of the estate), our charges will be calculated according to the time spent by partners, solicitors and legal staff in dealing with the estate.

For meetings, discussions and other work progressing the administration of the estate, the hourly charging rates (excluding VAT) of our Solicitors and legal staff are:

 

Grade Hourly rate VAT Total
Lee Baron (Partner & Overall Supervisor) £260.00 £52.00 £312.00
Paul Rowley (Associate) £220.00 £44.00 £264.00
Rebecca Randle (Partner) £220.00 £44.00 £264.00
Sharon Rowley (Legal Executive) £220.00 £44.00 £264.00
Trainee Solicitors and Paralegals £150.00 £30.00 £180.00
Case Workers £100.00 £20.00 £120.00

 

VAT will be added at the current rate (presently 20%)

If less than one hour is involved, we calculate the time spent in units of six minutes.  (One six minute unit equals 10 per cent of the hourly rate).

  • Telephone calls and letters are treated as follows:
  • Telephone calls (made and received by us) are recorded in units each of six minutes;
  • Short and routine letters (written and received, including faxes and emails) are counted as six minutes each

We will handle the entire process for you.

Below we detail what services are covered in our standard fee and any likely disbursement costs.

As a general guide, our average standard legal fee for an uncontested probate matter, for a full-service administration of an estate including property is from £4000.00 plus VAT – £6000.00 plus VAT (a total cost of £4800.00 – £7,200.00 Inc. VAT) plus Disbursements.

Our Standard Fee estimate above is for estates where: –

  • There is a valid will.
  • There is no more than one property.
  • There is no more than £325,000.00 in the bank or building society accounts.
  • There are no other intangible assets.
  • There are 1 – 2 beneficiaries.
  • 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 complete account to HMRC.
  • There are no claims made against the estate.
  • There is no tax clearance awaited for either inheritance or income tax.

If at any stage, our fees change, we will notify you and discuss the reason for any changes. This would typically occur if you change your instructions or your case involves an unforeseen complexity.

 

Our Average Fees Assume That:

  1. The transaction is concluded in a timely manner, and no unforeseen complications arise.
  2. All parties to the transaction are cooperative, and there is no unreasonable delay from any parties providing documentation.

The cost of administering a deceased person’s estate will depend entirely on the individual circumstances of the matter and the amount of work we are required to undertake on your behalf.

For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range.  If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, prices will be at the high end.

Also, costs will be lower if there is a valid Will, no more than one property, no more than two bank or building society accounts, one or two beneficiaries, no disputes between beneficiaries, no claims against the estate, no Inheritance Tax payable. The executors do not need to submit a full account of the estate to H.M. Revenue & Customs.

Costs are likely to be higher if there is no Will if the estate holds any stocks and shares, if there are any foreign assets, or if Inheritance Tax is payable.

 

Disbursements and Other Costs (Additional Expenses)

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

You will be provided with a complete list of disbursements in our formal quotation. If you need to incur any further disbursements during your case, you will be notified in advance of the reason and the amount.

Typical Disbursements Will Include: –

  • Probate application fee of *£155 Inc. VAT with £1.50 Inc. VAT per office copy of the grant
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)
  • Placing Section 27 Trustee Act Notices in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors. From £100+VAT (£120.00 Inc. VAT)
  • A newspaper close to where the deceased lived – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims. From £150 – £200+VAT (£180.00 – £240 Inc. VAT)
  • Electronic money transfer, £25.00 (inc. VAT)
  • *This fee is £215 if an individual makes the probate application

How Long Will This Take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6 – 12 months.

Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes two months – Due to delays at the probate registry, currently, it is taking up to 2 to 3 months for a grant of probate to be issued by the Court from the point the papers are lodged with them.

Typically, collecting assets which then follows, can take about three months. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which usually takes around six months.

Stages Of The Process

The precise stages involved in uncontested probate vary according to the circumstances. We have set out the key stages of a standard transaction: –

  • Providing you with a dedicated and experienced probate solicitor to work on your matter.
  • Undertaking regulatory checks.
  • Identifying the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries.
  • Accurately identify the type of Probate application you will require.
  • Obtaining the relevant documents required to make the application.
  • Completing the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms.
  • Drafting the Legal Statement.
  • Making the application to the Probate Court on your behalf.
  • Obtaining the probate and any official copies needed.
  • Collecting and distributing all assets in the estate.

 

Potential Additional Costs

Further potential costs may arise where: –

  • If there is no will or the estate consists of any shareholdings (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 the will creates a Trust, there may be additional costs associated with setting up the Trust.
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is omitted. Please see our conveyancing fees or contact us for further information.
  • Discovery of additional assets in the administration period
  • Notice of any claim against the estate
  • For dealing with the assent of property – from £500 plus £100 VAT (£600 in total)
  • For preparing a Deed of Variation (if required) – from £500 plus £100 VAT (£600 in total)

Fee Earners

The following fee earners handle Uncontested Probate matters:

Our Probate Team consists of our Kidderminster office of Lee Barton, Partner, Head of the Department and has overall supervision, Paul Rowley Associate and Legal Executive, and our Stourport office, Sharon Rowley Legal Executive and Rebecca Randle, Associate Solicitor.  Details of their background and experience are available in the “Our Team “section.

Questions

If you have any questions relating to our services and our fees, please contact us today.

 

Get In Touch

For expert legal advice or if you would like to arrange an appointment with one of our wills and probate solicitors, please call: Kidderminster 01562 822295 Stourport 01299 822033 or make an online enquiry and one of our team will be in touch.