Probate (Uncontested) Prices

The Jonathan Lea Network – Probate (Uncontested) Prices

We at the Jonathan Lea Network appreciate the difficulties associated with probate, especially when losing somebody close to you. Our experienced team can help guide you through the process and help ease the burden of what can be a stressful time.

A guideline of the services we provide and costs can be found below.

Grant-Only Services

For the preparation of grant alone, we offer our services at a fixed rate of £2,250 +VAT plus any additional costs and disbursements (outlined below). This includes:

We can also assist in the preparation of additional forms, such as IHT205. Additional forms are charged at £950 + VAT, or at our hourly rate (outlined below) for gifts/domicile.

Full Estate Administration

The cost of probate itself is difficult to estimate, given the large number of variables that may be encountered. For example, probate for business or agricultural properties will likely be more complex (and thus incur higher probate costs) than for a smaller property. We will, of course, endeavour to provide the most accurate quotation from the beginning based on the information we have and our hourly rates (outlined below). Should any costs need amending due to the process becoming more complicated and more time being required, this can be discussed and a new estimate provided.

Hourly Rates

Our hourly rates vary based on the experience of our fee earners and typically range from £300 – £355. In all cases, we aim to match experience to the complexity of the task.

Additional Costs and Disbursements

Some fees associated with probate are owed to third parties and therefore not included in our charges above. Such disbursements may include (but are not limited to):

  • Probate Registry fee – £155 plus £1.50 for each additional copy of Grants of Representation
  • Land Registry Bankruptcy check fee – £2 per beneficiary

Timeframe

For our grant-only services, completion would be expected between 8 and 16 weeks. The time taken to administer an estate can vary considerably depending on its size. However, as a rough guide, the process is normally concluded between 9 and 24 months from its commencement.

For any queries about our probate services, or if you would like a quotation, please email us on wewillhelp@jonathanlea.net and we will be happy to assist you.