Solicitors Based In Chester Offering Legal Services throughout England and Wales
Solicitors Based In Chester Offering Legal Services throughout England and Wales

Probate Fees

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Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets

In a typical case, we would anticipate this will take between 10 and 20 hours work at £250.00 per hour plus VAT at 20%. Total costs estimated at – £3,000.00-£6,000.00 (inclusive of VAT).

The exact cost 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 no more than one property
• There are no more than 10 bank or building society accounts
• There are no other intangible assets
• There are no international beneficiaries
• There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise 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:

  • Probate application fee as of 1st October 2023 for estates valued over £5,000.00 is £273.00   There is no fee if the estate is £5,000.00 or less
  • Extra copies of probate document is usually required.  The cost is £1.50 per sealed copy of the Grant of Probate (usually maximum of 10 copies).  This means you can send them to different organisations at the same time.
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)
  • £300 to advertise in The London Gazette & the local newspaper – protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.

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.

Potential additional costs

  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.
  • 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. 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 £1.50 each (1 per asset usually).

How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6-9 months but this is dependent on extraneous factors such as delays in responses from the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) or other government agencies, utility companies and banks and, not least of all, completion of the sale of the estate property. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 2 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 4-6 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes place 6 months after the Grant of Representation has been issued.

As part of our fee we will:

  • Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate solicitor who is also a member of The Society of Trust & Estates Practitioners to work on your matter.
  • Identify the legally appointed executors or administrators 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 statement of truth for you to sign
  • Make the application to the Probate Registry on your behalf
  • Collect and distribute all assets in the estate


Our Team of Lawyers in Chester

Paul D’Ambrogio

Paul D’Ambrogio

Director and Commercial Property & Conveyancing Specialist
Jana Dubcova

Jana Dubcova

PI Litigation
Laura Kirton

Laura Kirton

Laura specialises in dealing with Wills, Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection matters and administration of estates. Laura is also an Accredited Member of The Association of Lifetime Lawyers. This is a highly regarded community of legal professionals working to support older and vulnerable people with the right legal advice.

For legal services you can trust, please call us or visit us in our Chester office


What Our Customers Say About Us

Quick & Responsive

Honestly I would recommend PDA for any agency/landlord deposit dispute. Jane was such a dream to work with and she got me a good compensation. She was quick and responsive throughout the whole process as well as transparent. She kept me in the loop with all correspondence with the agency/landlord. She also knows her stuff. Would recommend PDA law.

Odette Akoache

They provided us with realistic timescales

It was our first time we dealt with PDA law for our conveyancing. We were recommended to them by the Property agency. We are glad we had a good experience with PDA law, especially during lockdowns and Christmas period. They made sure, they had all the paper-work in place with all searches done in time. They provided us with realistic timescales, so that there is no disappointment towards the end. Looking forward to deal with them in the near future.

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