Probate/Intestacy

Our Fees for Grant Only Applications

In certain circumstances you may feel that you are able to handle certain aspects of the administration yourself and simply wish to instruct our firm to apply for and obtain the Grant of Probate (also called a Grant of Letters of Administration when there is no Will).

General Information

In this type of scenario are instructions are limited and include the preparation and filing of the Inheritance Tax Return with HM Revenue & Customs and the preparation and filing of an application with the High Court for a Grant of Probate. You will then be responsible for all other matters associated with the administration of the estate.

Our Fees & The Service Provided

The fees detailed below are on the basis that there are no disputes between the parties, that information is readily and easily available to apply for the Grant of Probate and there are no claims made against the estate. If changes need to be made to any cost estimate provided we will confirm the same in writing to you.

There are, in effect, 3 services we offer for these types of instructions:

  • The preparation and filing of form IHT205 and the preparation of the Probate papers
    to apply for the Grant of Probate. Our fee would usually be in the region of £800 plus VAT
  • The preparation and filing of form IHT205, IHT217 (in order to claim the requisite Inheritance Tax allowance) and the preparation of the Probate papers to apply for the Grant of Probate. Our fee would usually be in the region of £1000 plus VAT
  • The preparation and filing of form IHT400 (usually when Inheritance Tax is
    applicable) and the preparation of the Probate papers to apply for the Grant of Probate. Our fee would usually be in the region of £1750 plus VAT.

As well as our fees there will also be additional disbursements that would need to be paid in order for the matter to successfully proceed. We will normally ask you for these fees on account. These types of fees will include, though are not limited to:

  • Probate fees – £155 (plus 50p for every sealed copy of the grant required) (please note these fees are subject to government consultation and may change from April 2019.
  • Swear fees – £5 and £2 per exhibit for each oath that needs to be sworn. This is not needed in all circumstances.

How long will it take?

If we are filing form IHT205 we would usually estimate that the Grant of probate will be obtained within 6-8 weeks.

If we are filing form IHT400 we would usually estimate that the Grant of Probate will be obtained within 8-12 weeks. This is largely dependent on how quickly HMRC process the form IHT400 once it has been submitted.

However, at the moment the local probate registries are experiencing significant delays and the above time frames may need to be extended by, say, 8-10 weeks.

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