Probate and Trusts Charging Structure

In all areas of law we aim to be transparent and flexible in our charging structure.

Sometimes when a person has died it is not necessary to obtain a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration. Where there is no Will it is not required. In such cases we can give initial advice for a modest fee.

In other cases a Grant of Representation is required but the estate is very straightforward and does not necessarily require a Solicitor to deal with it.

In such cases we offer a fixed fee service for work limited to obtaining the Grant of Representation. The fixed fee is £1,000 plus VAT. If you prefer we can charge at an hourly rate which may be more or less but most Clients prefer the certainty of a fixed fee.

In case of large estates it is usually advisable to instruct a Solicitor to act particularly having regard to various legal responsibilities that Personal Representatives have to Beneficiaries, to the Court (in the event that a false statement is made to obtain the Grant) and perhaps most importantly of all to HMRC who expect Inheritance Tax, Capital Gains and Income Tax Returns to have been fully and accurately completed. 

Failure to do so will result in not only additional Tax having to be paid but also interest and penalties which will not be recoverable from the estate.

We do not charge a percentage of the value of the estate because we do not think it is fair to do so. A large estate passing to a single Beneficiary can sometimes be very simply to administer whereas a smaller estate with several Beneficiaries can be more complex. Accordingly, our charges are geared to the particular circumstances but as a general guide the administration of a small, straightforward estate might be around £3,000 plus VAT whereas a larger more complex estate might be as much as £5,000 plus VAT.

In some cases charges can be higher than that. There will also be some probate court fees.

As in all cases please contact us and we will send you detailed information about how our charges are formulated and the best possible estimate of what we will charge in relation to your particular case.