Uncontested Probate

Uncontested Probate (with all assets in the UK)

Costs and Service Information

Prices

Please note that there will be two elements to the prices set out below:

  1. Fees charged by Lewis Rodgers; and
  2. Fees payable to third parties.

Please ensure that you consider both parts of the price information.

Our fixed fees for assisting with uncontested probate matters are as follows:

Grant of Probate Only £350.00 + VAT (£420.00 including VAT)
Full Administration (up to 3 beneficiaries and 1 property) £750.00 - £1,500.00 + VAT (£900.00 - £1,800.00 including VAT)
Full Administration (4+ beneficiaries and 1 property) £1,000.00 - £1,750.00 + VAT (£1,200.00 - £2,100.00 including VAT)

Fees payable to third parties (‘Disbursements’)

Fee Actual fee VAT Total
Probate Registry’s fee £155.00 £0.00 £155.00
Probate Registry’s fee for extra copies £0.50 per copy £0.00 £0.50 per copy
Bank Telegraphic Transfer Fee * £30.00 £6.00 £36.00
Swearing of the Oath Fee £5.00 per Executor £0.00 £5.00 per Executor
Exhibit Fee £2.00 per exhibit £0.00 £2.00 per exhibit
  Average Fee VAT Total
Post in local paper (if required) ** £25.00 - £30.00 Included £25.00 - £30.00

* Payable if you wish to receive money by bank transfer. Cheques can be issue at no additional cost.

** Based on typical prices in the Winsford area.

Basis of Quote

The quotes above are based on estates where:

  • There is a valid Will.
  • There is no more than one property.
  • There are no other tangible assets.
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets.
  • There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC.
  • There are no claims made against the estate.

Work included and key stages

Our fees include obtaining the grant of probate, collecting assets and distributing them. The precise work and stages involved in a probate matter vary according to the circumstances. However, we have set out the key stages involved in a typical probate matter:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice.
  • Identify the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries.
  • Establish the extent of the estate by identifying the various assets and liabilities.
  • Identify the type of probate application required.
  • The application for Grant of Probate is prepared and then sworn by the executor and submitted to the appropriate Probate Registry together with the Will, if there is one.
  • Once the Grant is received, it is submitted to the various organisations with whom assets are held in order to start the process of transferring the assets into the beneficiaries’ names.
  • All estate liabilities have to be paid before the estate can be distributed among the beneficiaries;
  • Confirmation is required that tax is paid up to date and there are no outstanding HMRC claims;
  • Estate accounts should be prepared thereafter, and the estate distributed in accordance with the terms of the Will.

Services excluded

Our quoted fees will not include any of the following (but we can offer these services at an additional cost):

  • Any contested probate matters or advice on the same.
  • Advice on tax or other accounting matters.
  • Advice on assets held outside of the UK.
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate.

Approximate/ average timescales

On average, estates that fall within this quote range are dealt with within 6 - 9 months.

Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 2 - 3 weeks from submission to the Probate Registry. We need to collect all of the necessary information before we can make a submission and this can take up to a couple of months depending on how quickly we are provided with the information that we need.

Collecting assets then follows, which can take 2 months.

Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 1 month.

Factors that could increase costs

In some circumstances we may increase our fees to account for additional time, work or skill required to meet your instructions. Examples include:

  • If there is no will or the estate consists of any share holdings (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.
  • If there are any business or agricultural reliefs to consider.

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