Wills, LPA, Deputyship & Probate Fees & Disbursements

Wills, LPA, Deputyship & Probate Fees & Disbursements

Wills, LPA, Deputyship & Probate Fees

We do not operate a set fee for probate matters.  Instead, our charges will be based on the time spent dealing with a matter, such as meetings with you and others, considering, preparing and working on papers, preparing correspondence and making and receiving telephone calls.

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 lower than if there are numerous beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts.

When we discuss the matter with you at the outset, we will be able to estimate the fees and disbursements for you – disbursements being costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Your matter will be attended to and/or supervised by a qualified solicitor, of at least 10 years experience, with the additional assistance of support staff, such as legal secretaries.

“I would like to thank you Rebecca for being so professional and efficient during the last 9 months of correspondence. It has been so reassuring for me to know that you were at the end of the phone if I wasn’t sure about something. I found you approachable and your advice was always well judged and very welcome! You helped me through some stressful episodes! It was a daunting task, being an executor, but you made it much simpler for me”

Our fee assumes that:

    • there is a valid Will
    • there is no more than one property
    • there are no more than 5 bank or building society accounts
  • there are no other intangible assets
  • there are between 1 and 5 beneficiaries
  • there are no disputes between beneficiaries on the division of assets
  • there is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account o HMRC
  • there are no claims made against the estate

Below are average fees for this sort of straightforward probate but please CALL US on 0191 284 5030, or complete a FREE ONLINE ENQUIRY FORM to discover more.

We anticipate this will take on average between 3 and 6 hours work at £250 per hour. Total costs would therefore be between £750 and £1,500 (plus VAT). It can sometimes be more but we will let you know before the work is undertaken.

Potential Additional Costs

  • if there is no Will
  • the estate consists of any share holdings (stocks and bonds)
  • dealing with the sale or transfer of any property

“Very professional and efficient administration of the messy and complex estate of my late aunt”


Probate Registry fee

If the application is submitted by a solicitor, this is £273 and payable to the Court by way of a cheque accompanying the papers in support of the application. Applications can be submitted personally and in these cases the Probate Registry fee is £215.  Sealed copies of the Grant can be obtained at a cost of £1.50 each at the time of the application. Subsequent requests are £10 per copy.

Certainty Will search

For cases where it is not known if there was a Will or if one might have been created later than the one available. For a cost of £238.80 (inclusive of VAT) a search can be undertaken with Certainty, a national Will register company who make enquiries of law firms and Will writers in a specified geographical area in order to establish if they hold a Will for a deceased. As the search only applies to firms within a geographical area, it is of limited use but it is considered a basic line of enquiry and essential if you are concerned about administering the estate on the basis that there was no Will.

Please be advised that Missing Will Insurance can be obtained (following the placing of a Certainty Will search). Again the cost for this is based on the value of the estate.

Bankruptcy searches

Any inheritance due to a bankrupt beneficiary ought to be paid to their Trustee in Bankruptcy. A search of the bankruptcy register in England is relatively cheap and quick (£2.00 per name), whereas an agent must be employed for beneficiaries living abroad costing approximately £50 plus VAT per name searched plus the search fee, which can be in the region of £77 depending on the country where the search takes place.

While we can ask beneficiaries to declare if they were the subject of a bankruptcy order, you may want to place these searches given that Executors / Administrators can be personally liable if distribution is made incorrectly in any way.

Missing Beneficiary Will Insurance

For cases where there are concerns that there may be an unknown beneficiary / Will out there. We can usually obtain policies with a one-off premium, which is typically between 0.5-2% of the value of the estate.

s.27 Trustee Act Notice

This involves the placing of a notice in the London Gazette (usually at a cost of about £90) and any local publication where the deceased held property (approximately £250) to request any unknown creditors to come forward within 2 months. While it does not prevent a creditor coming forward after this time and seeking reimbursement from the beneficiaries, it does provide protection to the Executor / Administrator of the estate (provided that distribution is delayed until the expiry of the notices), who would otherwise become personally liable to settle the debt.

How long does it take?

Typically, obtaining valuations / balances from asset holders takes around 14 days with the oath swearing to take place shortly thereafter. The issuing of a Grant is usually made 14 – 21 days after the application is submitted. Funds are released once the asset holders receive the Grant and they can take a further 14 days to complete this.

Once all known liabilities have been paid, distribution can take place. This can be undertaken immediately unless a s.27 Creditor Notice has been placed and / or there are concerns that a claim made by made against an estate. In these cases, distribution ought to be delayed for 2 months or 10 months.

Below is a summary of a typical costs that might be incurred. This can vary as the time taken can be different in every case. But it gives a good indication of what a typical matter costs.


WILLS & LPAs for 1 X PERSON Fee (£) VAT (£) Disb. (£) Total (£)
Simple Will for 1 x person 250 50 n/a 300
1 X LPA for 1 person 350 70 82 502
Both LPA’s for 1 x person 450 90 164 704
Will & both LPA’s 500 100 164 764
Mirror Wills 350 70 n/a 420
Mirror Wills & severance of joint tenancy/life interest trust 500 100 3.00 (land reg) 603
1 x LPA each for a couple 450 90 164 704
Both LPA’s each for a couple 650 130 328 1108
Mirror Wills & both types of LPA each 750 150 328 1228
Application to be named as Deputy 950 190 Min.500 (approx) 1,640
Apply to register Enduring Power of Attorney 400 80 82 562
ESTATES Fee VAT Disb. Total
Grant only 750 150 273 & 1.50 per additional grant 1173 (plus extra 1.50 for every extra grant)
Grant + full administration (inc. collection of all assets, distribution & preparation of estate accounts) 750 + £250 p/hour TBC 273 + remainder TBC (depends on the estate) TBC
1 x consultation re. care home fee planning &/or advice re. putting property into trust to protect assets including written advice following meeting. 250 50 3.00 (land reg – check title) 303


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