How Much Does Probate Cost?

Probate costs

We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf. We will also undertake the collecting and distributing of assets which is known as the administration of the estate.

RLK Solicitors
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Helen PreeceHelen Preece
18:43 01 Feb 24
I was involved in a complicated case involving Tennants in Common, a poorly written Deed of Trust (not written by this company). The solicitor dealing with the matter joined RLK at which point the now prolonged case began to go forward. We worked with Simon Thompson who had to work through a considerable number of communications.He grasped the basics quickly.Since then the case has progressed to a successful conclusion.Throughout they have been excellent communicators clarifying legal issues for us. Clear with their advice and support. Never made any false promises being honest where any doubts arose.I intend to continue to use this company for the now possible sale of my property.I would highly recommend this company.
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11:03 01 Feb 24
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19:49 22 Jan 24
Great solicitors, keep you updated every stage of the way.
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16:48 22 Jan 24
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17:31 17 Jan 24
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09:17 04 Oct 23
I whole heartedly can’t recommend RLK solicitors enough. Their commitment and communication throughout my case has been second to none. Lucy has kept me informed, and updated me every step of the way. Whatever the outcome of the arbitration, I know that they have put their heart and soul into my case and I am beyond grateful for their dedication and determination. Great work team.
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Applying for the grant only

We will obtain the Grant of Probate for a fixed fee of £1,350.00 plus VAT and disbursements. This service is available only where assets do not exceed £325,000.00 and there is no inheritance tax payable.

Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets – full service

We provide a full service for undertaking the administration of the estate in which we will obtain a Grant of Probate, realise the estate assets, settle liabilities and deal with distribution of the estate. The costs of this service will be based on the gross probate value of the estate; our legal fees are between 2-3% of the gross estate. We will add VAT to our fees at the rate that applies when the work is done.  The current applicable rate is 20%. We will be able to give you an estimate of what the fees may be once we discuss the estate with you.


VAT is not payable on disbursements such as court fees, but other disbursements such as capacity reports, and probate valuation may be subject to VAT at the applicable rate by the provider. Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees and statutory notices. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Court fees

These are currently £273.00 for the court sealed grant plus the necessary copies (£1.50 per copy); we usually obtain a copy for each asset in the estate.

Statutory notices

Whilst the cost varies, the average is £250-£350. We shall discuss the need for these when instructed.

Certainty search

The cost is £95.00 plus VAT. We shall advise when this is necessary.

As part of our full service we will:

  • Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate solicitor 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 and figures required to make the application
  • Complete the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms
  • Make the application to the Probate court on your behalf
  • Obtain the Probate and supply a copy to you
  • Collect and distribute all assets in the estate
  • Prepare and supply estate accounts to show all monies received in and paid out

Potential additional costs

Our legal fees may be affected by other factors such as:

  • 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
  • If any disputes arise between beneficiaries or a claim is made against the estate then significant additional costs may be incurred in dealing with such disputes or claims
  • If inheritance tax is payable and extensive correspondence with HMRC becomes necessary, for example where values are disputed by HMRC, this may incur additional costs
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included, please see our table of conveyancing fees

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