Wills and probate

Wills

We write plain English wills which are jargon free and easy to understand.  For a simple will for one person, our fees are typically £150 including VAT.  Our fees may be more if the will is more complex, for example requiring inheritance tax planning, or if a home or hospital visit is required.

Probate work

Applying for the legal right to deal with someone’s money, home and other possessions (their ‘estate’) when they die is called ‘applying for probate’.

As we don’t charge a flat percentage of the value of the estate irrespective of the work needed, as each case will require a different amount of work we can only give an estimate of the likely costs here.  A more tailored price will be provided once we have discussed the estate with you. 

We would typically charge for the work we do at an hourly rate of £200.  For a simple estate where no inheritance tax is payable and all the estate is in England our fees for obtaining probate would range between £500 – £1,000 and could take between  8 – 12 weeks to obtain. For taking steps to gather in the estate, paying liabilities and preparing the estate accounts and distributing the estate to the beneficiaries, our fees would be a further £1,000 – £3,000. VAT (currently 20%) will be added to our fees.

These fees do not include selling a property where our standard conveyancing fees will apply. 

In addition there will be amounts that are needed to be paid to third parties. These are typically:

Probate registry fee – £155 (plus £5 for copies).  The Government are looking to increase these fees substantially in 2019)

Bank money transfers £18 each (charged at cost and includes VAT).