Applying for the Grant – Collecting & distributing the assets

We anticipate this will take between 10 and 12 hours at £115 to £195 per hour, depending on the grade of fee earner. Total costs estimated at £2,340 + VAT and disbursements.

The exact costs will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. 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, costs will be at the higher end.

We will handle the full process for you.

This quote is for estates where:-

  • There is a valid Will
  • There is no more than one property
  • There are no more than 4 bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are 2-4 beneficiaries
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets (if disputes arrive, 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 full account to HMRC
  • There are no claims made against the estate

Disbursements included in this fee are:-

  • Probate application fee – £155.00 (plus copies at £0.05 each)
  • Swearing of the Oath – £5 .00 – 7.00 (per executor)
  • Bankruptcy only land charges department searches – £3.00 (per beneficiary)
  • Post in the London Gazette – protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors – £74.50
  • Post in a local newspaper – this also helps to protect against unexpected claims – £120.00 – £200.00

Disbursements are costs related to your matter which are payable to third parties, such as Court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Potential additional costs

If there is no Will (meaning to die intestate), or the estate consists of any shareholdings (stocks and bonds) there are 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 any additional copies of the Grant are required, they will cost £0.05 each (one per asset usually).

Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.

How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 12 – 18 months. However, intestacy cases can be more complex and they may take a number of years to conclude. This is due to the fact that government agencies may get involved (such as the DWP) and we may have to calculate and settle income, capital gains or inheritance tax.

Probate – Fixed fee

We can help you through the difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf. We will also undertake the collecting and distributing of assets. We do offer a fixed fee if the likely value of the estate is less than £10,000.

How much does this service cost?

TOTAL:    Fixed fee of £1,200 plus VAT and disbursements

This includes:-

Obtaining the Grant, collecting assets and distributing them

  • Breakdown of costs
    • Legal fees – £1,200.00
    • VAT and legal fees – £1,440.00
  • Disbursements
    • Probate application fee – £155.00
    • Swearing of the Oath £5.00 – 7.00 (per executor)
    • Bankruptcy only land charges department searches – £3.00 (per beneficiary)
    • Post in the London Gazette – protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors – £238.00 (if Will search combined, £74.50 if the post is on its own)
    • Post in a local newspaper – this also helps to protect against unexpected claim – £120.00 – £200.00

Disbursements are costs related to your matter, which are payable to Third Parties, such as Court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

As part of our fixed fee, we will:-

  • Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate Solicitor/paralegal to work on your matter
  • Identify any legally appointed executors and beneficiaries
  • Accurately identify the type of probate application you will require
  • Obtain the relevant documents required to make the application
  • Complete the probate application and the relevant HMRC forms
  • Draft a legal Oath for you to swear
  • Make the application to the probate Court on your behalf
  • Obtain the probate and securely send two copies to you
  • Collect and distribute all assets in the estate

How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are concluded within 6 – 9 months. Typically, obtaining the Grant of Probate takes place at the 12 – 16 week, collecting assets then follow which can take place at week 20 – 30 of the process.  Once this has been done, we can distribute the estate, which normally takes place between weeks 30 – 36 of the process.

Meet the team

We have four members of the team who may work on your matter. Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by Mr Ian Grant, Director and Head of Probate & Estate Administration.

Ian Grant - Heselwood & Grant

Ian Grant
Director

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Rachael Walsh - Heselwood & Grant

Rachael Walsh
Solicitor

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Guy Platon - Heselwood & Grant

Guy Platon
Solicitor

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Natasha Oglethorpe
Paralegal

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Shelby Munn - Heselwood & Grant

Shelby Munn
Paralegal

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