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Probate Fees

At Jennifer Melly Law we like to meet with our clients so that we can provide them with accurate quotes after taking into account all the information.

Grant of Representation and Estate Administration

Our fees are charged on a time spent basis, and the estimate below for obtaining the Grant of Representation and administering the estate is calculated on this basis. This estimate includes completing and submitting paperwork in relation to taxation, application for the Grant of Representation, discharging any liabilities and the administration of the estate on your behalf.

Non-Taxable Estates

From: £2,400

This fee relates to a simple estate containing the following:

  • A property
  • 2 or 3 bank accounts
  • 1 or 2 shares
  • One Legal Representative and one beneficiary

Includes:

  • 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 required to make the application
  • Complete the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms
  • Draft a legal oath for you to swear
  • Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf
  • Obtain the Grant of Probate
  • Collect and distribute all assets in the estate.

Not Included:

There may be additional tax due on the matter which would be separate to the estimated cost. For additional information on Inheritance Tax please visit www.gov.uk/inheritance-tax

The example fee does not cover the following:

  • Estates with multiple properties
  • Estates with multiple Legal Representatives and beneficiaries
  • Preparing and filing tax returns for the administration period and to date of death
  • Taxable estates or where form IHT400 needs to be filed at HM Revenue and Customs
  • Foreign assets
  • Domicile status and complications
  • Administering and setting up trusts
  • Claims made by the Department of Work and Pensions
  • Resolving conflicts between beneficiaries and/or Legal Representatives.
  • If the Will or distribution of the estate is contested or the Legal Representatives are in dispute
  • If there is a claim against the estate under the Inheritance (Family and Dependants) Act 1975
  • Insolvent estates

Fees may vary depending on individual circumstances and will increase with the complexity of the matter and value of the estate

Breakdown of Costs:

Hourly Rate: £111 (+VAT) for a Trainee Solicitor to £200 (+VAT) for a Director

Estimated Hours: 7.5 – 13.5

Legal Fees from: £1500

VAT on Legal Fees from: £300

Disbursements – £600 (further information below)

Estimated Timescale:

Average 6-9 months.

Typically, obtaining the Grant of Representation takes 8-12 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take 2-4 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 3-4 weeks. Selling a property in an estate may increase the timescales dependent on how long the property takes to sell.

There are times where additional assets or liabilities can surface and we therefor reserve the right to revise our fees should there be reason to do so. Any fee adjustments will be discussed with the client.

Disbursements:

Disbursements are costs related to third party services which we pay on your behalf. 

Example Disbursements

  • Probate Registry fee of £155 plus £0.50 per copy
  • Swearing of oath £5 plus £2 per document (per legal representative)
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)
  • Post in the London Gazette—protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors if required £100
  • Post in a Local Newspaper—this also protects against unexpected claims if required £150

Obtaining Grant of Representation or Letters of Administration

We offer a fixed fee for applications for Grant of Representation or Letters of Administration. The price below details what is included and what limitations there are for the service.

This service includes the completion and submission of the relevant forms and other required documentation for taxation and for obtaining the Grant of Representation.

Get a more accurate quote

Every case is different, to get a bespoke estimate contact us today and we can discuss the specifics of yours.

Call: 01639 630057

Email: reception@jennifermellylaw.com

Meet the Team

Jennifer Melly

Supervisor, Director Solicitor, LLB
Qualified: 1986

Jennifer’s reputation is unequalled in the field of Trusts, Wills and all aspects of Private Client work. She has recruited staff to work with her who share her ethos of always “going the extra mile” for her clients. She previously led a large team of lawyers at Hutchinson Thomas in Neath. She is a full member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners and a member of Solicitors for the Elderly

Nia Evans

Solicitor, LLB
Qualified: 2016

Nia graduated from Swansea University in 2013 and completed the Legal Practice Course the following year. Nia joined the firm from Sally Goldstone Family Law before qualifying as a Solicitor in 2016. Nia works alongside Jennifer practising in Private Client Law dealing with Trusts, Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney. She was also an Ambassador for Swansea University and acted in HMP Swansea as a Restorative Justice Facilitator

Kate Thomas

Trainee Solicitor, LLB

Kate is a Trainee Solicitor and joined the firm in September 2017 as a legal assistant after completing her law degree and Legal Practice Course at Swansea University. Kate undertook a law research internship at the University of Massachusetts Lowell in Boston. She is also a member of the Swansea Junior Lawyers Division

Our PRocess

Probate

Stage 1

Valuing the Estate

At this stage we will go through the deceased’s papers and bank statements to establish their assets and liabilities. This can be quite straightforward, however in some cases there may be multiple investments, properties, and other personal belongings to consider.

At this stage we may need to contact banks, lenders, fund managers, pension providers, the local government, the DWP, and HMRC.

Stage 2

File Inheritance Tax Forms

Regardless of whether inheritance tax must be paid inheritance tax forms must be completed. One form is used for non-taxable estates, another for taxable estates.

The Legal Representative will complete the related forms as well as any additional schedules to establish the amount of tax payable.

Stage 3

Pay Inheritance Tax

If there is inheritance tax payable on the estate then it must be paid prior to obtaining the grant of probate. Funds can be transferred directly from one of the deceased’s accounts for this if there are sufficient funds.

Stage 4

File Probate Forms

Once we have assessed the size of the estate we will be able to complete the probate application form by applying to the Probate Registry.

The Legal Representatives will need to swear an oath at this stage to confirm that the details of the application are correct

Stage 5

Pay Probate Fees

At this stage we will pay the applicable probate fees on your behalf. These are fixed regardless of the size of the estate and are detailed above in the disbursements section.

Stage 6

Administer the Estate

We will collect in the assets of the estate, discharge the liabilities and subsequently distribute the estate in accordance with a Will or the rule of intestacy.

Jennifer Melly Law is the trading name of Jennifer Melly Law Limited - Company no: 8949348,

The Firm is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority SRA No. 620758.