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Our Guide to Estate Administration Costs

A Guide to Probate fees at Rogers Legal

Each estate is individual and different, it is therefore difficult to give an absolute ‘cost’ on an estate, so we try and give you a range of costs depending upon the services that you need.  Occasionally we will give you a fixed cost but in our experience; this isn’t in the best interests of our clients and we return to an hourly rate for the benefit of our clients.

Applying for the Grant

As part of our standard probate administration service we will contact third parties as necessary.  This requires collating and obtaining valuations of the deceased’s assets and liabilities to the date of death and identifying all assets and liabilities to complete the relevant Inheritance Tax Account.  Simpler estates will require the simplified inheritance tax account and thereby less time and costs are usually spent.  However more complex estates requiring the submission of a full inheritance tax account tend to need more time and thereby incur greater costs.

Simple estate: We would normally estimate our charges for collating values and completing a simple inheritance tax account to apply for the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration in the case of intestacy at between 5 and 7 hours of our time at our normal hourly rate of £250 plus VAT being £1,250 plus VAT to £1,750 plus VAT (being £1,500 to £2,100 including VAT).

Complex estate: If the estate has one or more of the following elements, we would classify the estate as ‘complex’ and expect that our costs may increase compared to those of a simple estate. If an estate requires the completion of a full inheritance tax account, or multiple beneficiaries, or more than one property.  In such circumstances we would expect our charges to be between 10 and 15 hours at our usual hourly rate of £250 plus VAT being £2,500 plus VAT to £3,750 plus VAT (being £3,000 to £4,500 including VAT).

Collecting and distributing the assets.

Having obtained the grant of representation, we can collect in and then distribute the assets in accordance with the provisions of the Will or according to the rules of intestacy.  We would estimate this to take between 10 and 20 hours of work at £250 per hour plus VAT. Our total estimated costs would be between £2,500 and £5,000 plus VAT (being £3,000 to £6,000 including VAT). 

There is an additional disbursement charge of £1 per beneficiary called a ‘bankruptcy search’.  This is required before we distribute funds to the beneficiary.

Please note:

If we need to transfer property at the Land Registry we may need to pay Land Registry fees which are directly attributable to the value of a property.

If we need to transfer stocks/shares this may also incur additional fees or costs.

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if there are multiple beneficiaries, more than one property and multiple bank accounts, costs will be at the higher end.

If disputes arise between beneficiaries, this is likely to lead to an increase in our costs.

Additional costs

We recommend that you may want to consider extra issues depending upon the circumstances of each estate

£98.00 plus VAT Certainty Search for Missing Will – in the case of intestacy or concerns about the last Will.

£62.15 plus VAT Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.

£185.00 plus VAT Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims.

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