Probate: our charges

In accordance with SRA Transparency Rules, our probate charges are shown below.

Applying for the Grant of Probate and dealing with administration (collecting and distributing assets)

Our costs are based on an hourly rate of £220 + VAT per hour. In most cases we would anticipate that our costs would be between £2,500 and £5,000 + VAT.

In addition, we may also charge a value element of between 0.5-1.5% of the estate depending on whether there is property involved or whether one of our Partners has been appointed as executor.

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 pricing is for estates where:

  • There is a valid will
  • There is no more than one property
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are traceable 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

There will also be some disbursements to pay. Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. Inghams has no control over these fees and we do not set the costs. The following disbursements may be required:-

DisbursementCost (inc VAT)
Probate application fee (Subject to change)£273.00
Copy of the court sealed grant (usually 1 per asset)£1.50
Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (per beneficiary)£2.00
Post in the London Gazette – protected against claims from unknown creditors (if required)£119.88
Post in local newspaper – helps to protect against unexpected claimsQuote sought on your behalf as this tends to be priced per word.

Potential additional costs

  • If there is no will or the estate consists of any share holdings (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.
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.
  • If there are minor beneficiaries or will trusts this is likely to increase the cost of dealing with the matter.

How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6-12 months from instructions being received.

Fixed-fee probate only

We offer two fixed-fee options dependent on the nature of the estate.

Probate typeFee (ex-VAT)VAT
Fixed fee IHT400 (whether or not Inheritance Tax is payable)£1500£300
Fixed fee IHT205 with no Inheritance Tax to pay£750£150

These figures assume a valid will and that executors provide all information including values of assets. In each case there will be disbursements as follows:-

DisbursementCost (inc VAT)
Probate application fee (Subject to change)£273.00
Copy of the court sealed grant (usually 1 per asset)£1.50

In each case we obtain a grant of probate based on the information and documents provided. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 2-6 weeks from the application being lodged with the Probate Registry. Once received, executors will deal with the administration of the estate. If any further advice is needed by the executors, we can provide a quotation for any additional work.