Applying for the Grant, collecting and distributing the assets – where there is a valid Will and no inheritance tax to pay

If you instruct us to deal with the whole of the estate for you, we will ascertain the assets of the estate and obtain valuations for you, prepare the papers to apply for a grant of probate, obtain the grant for you, collect and distribute the assets and pay any liabilities.

When we act for you, we charge on the basis of the time spent multiplied by the hourly rate of the person dealing with the matter.  Our hourly rates range from £120 plus VAT to £215 plus VAT.  We anticipate that, depending on the size and complexity of the estate, this type of matter will take between 14 and 37 hours of work.  Therefore our costs estimate would be in the region of £3010 plus VAT of £602 (i.e. £3612 in total) to £7955 plus VAT of £1591 (i.e. £9546 in total) plus disbursements (see below).   Any costs payable are not usually met by the executors personally, instead the costs are deducted from the funds in the estate.

We will handle the full process for you and the estimates above are for estates where: –

  • There is a valid Will
  • There are no more than two properties
  • There are no more than 10 bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are no more than 5 beneficiaries
  • There are no missing beneficiaries
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs
  • There are no disputes between the executors. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs.
  • There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC
  • There are no claims made against the estate or challenges to the validity of the Will
  • The estate is solvent

The exact cost depends on the individual circumstances of the matter as every estate is different. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, our costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, costs will be at the higher end.



Disbursements are charges 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. The disbursements that are likely to be payable are: –

  • Probate Application fee of £155
  • £7 swearing of the oath (per executor)
  • Bankruptcy Only Land Charges Department Searches (£2 per beneficiary name)
  • £83.40 (including VAT) Notice in the London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims for unknown creditors
  • £200.00 – £300.00 (excluding VAT). Notice in the local newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims. Please note this is an estimate and the cost of adverts in local papers vary depending on location and newspaper.
  • £162 Search of the Unclaimed Assets Register – this is a check for unknown assets
  • £114 Certainty Will Search – this safeguards the executors by giving comfort that they have the latest Will


Potential Additional Costs

  • If the estate consists of any shareholdings (stocks and bonds) there are likely to be additional costs that could vary significantly depending on the estate and how it is to be dealt with. We can give you a more accurate quote once we have more information
  • If any additional copies of the grant are required, they will cost 50p per copy (1 per asset usually)
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included neither are any estate agents’ fees.
  • We do not prepare tax returns to the date of death or during the administration period and we may need to instruct an accountant to deal with these on your behalf.
  • If there have been gifts made during the lifetime of the person who has died, and investigations need to be made in ascertaining such gifts, this is likely to increase costs
  • If there are any foreign assets, this may increase costs and may result in having to instruct a lawyer in the law of the country in which the asset is situated
  • If there are any beneficiaries in the Will that cannot be found, this is likely to increase costs
  • If there are charities named as residuary beneficiaries.


All of the cost information provided above is general and we will be very happy to give you more precise and personalised information once we understand the specific circumstances so please do get in touch with us.


How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6 to 12 months. Typically obtaining a grant of probate takes 2 to 5 months. Collecting assets and paying liabilities then follows, which can take between 2 and 4 months. Once this has been done, we can prepare the estate accounts for the executors’ approval and distribute the assets, which normally takes 2 to 3 months.


Our team

As stated above, our legal fees are normally charged at an hourly rate and this rate depends on the experience of the lawyer in charge of your matter:

Helen Strong

Helen is the head of the Private Client team at BTTJ.  She qualified as a solicitor in 1996 and has specialised in Private Client work since 1998.  She is a member of the Private Client Section of the Law Society.


Jill Bowler

Jill qualified as a solicitor in 1985, works as a Consultant for BTTJ and is hugely experienced.  She is a member of both Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) and the Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).


Emma Wallbank

Emma has specialised in Private Client matters since 2002 and was admitted as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Legal Executives in 2009.  She is also a fully qualified member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP).


Lauren Robinson

Lauren is a Legal Apprenctice and is currently working under the supervision of Helen.


We are very happy to discuss your individual situation with you and provide you with an exact price based on your specific circumstances, so please do get in touch with us.

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