What Happens When Someone Dies Without a Will?

Applying for the Grant, Collecting & Distributing the Assets - varying costs

The exact costs of will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter – for example costs will be at the lower end of the range in the table below if there is a single beneficiary or no property. Please see the table below for an overview of our pricing, and the factors that have an impact on our pricing.

Applying for the Grant, Collecting & Distributing Assets
Estimated costs
Between 4 and 6 hours of work £240 per hour
Total estimated cost

£950 to £1,400 (+VAT)

This Estimate is for Estates Where:
  • There is a valid will
  • There is no more than one property
  • There are no more than 3 bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are no more than 4 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 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

Disbursements
These are costs payable to third parties related to your matter. We handle these payments on your behalf

Probate application fee £150 plus 50 pence per additional copy
Swearing of the oath (per executor) £7
Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches £2 per beneficiary
Post in The London Gazette and a local newspaper – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors £200 est









 

Potential additional costs

There are a range of factors that may result in additional costs which are outlined in the table below. These may vary on the estate and how it is being dealt with.

  • If the estate is taxable or we need to make any claims to reduce a potential inheritance tax charge
  • If the estate includes trust assets or foreign property
  • If the deceased made substantial gifts within the last seven years
  • If the estate is more than £1 million and there is a surviving spouse
  • If part only of the transferable nil rate band is available
  • If there is no will

How long will this take?

We have outlined an average timescale for the typical estates which fall into this category, please be aware that this timescale will vary based on individual circumstances and these timescales are meant to be considered as a guide only

Stage of Application  Typical Timescale 
 Obtaining the Grant of Probate 3-6 weeks
 Collection of assets 3 weeks
 Distribution of assets 1 weeks
 Total process 7-10 weeks

Fixed Fee Probate

We can obtain Grant of Probate on your behalf for a fixed fee:

Cost of Fixed Fee Probate
Fixed fee of £750 (plus VAT)

In addition you will need to pay some disbursements

Probate court fee £250 plus 50 pence per additional copy
Swearing an oath

£7 per executor

Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches £2 per beneficiary
Post in The London Gazette and local newspaper – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.

£250 est

                                                                 

Included in these fees is:

  • Providing you with a dedicated and experienced probate solicitor to work on your matter
  • Identifying the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries
  • Accurately identifying the type of Probate application you will require
  • Obtaining the relevant documents required to make the application
  • Completing the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms
  • Drafting a legal oath for you to swear
  • Making the application to the Probate Court on your behalf

Obtaining the Probate and securely send two copies to you

How long will this take?

Once we have all the information we can prepare the papers within a week. The probate registry is currently taking between 2 and 3 weeks to issue grants. ​David Endicott is a Director in the Private Client team and supervises all solicitors on the team.

Potential additional costs

  • If the estate is taxable or we need to make any claims to reduce a potential inheritance tax charge
  • If the estate includes trust assets or foreign property
  • If the deceased made substantial gifts within the last seven years
  • If the estate is more than £1 million and there is a surviving spouse
  • If part only of the transferable nil rate band is available
  • If there is no will