If you are the executor or administrator of an estate you might want to consider legal representation but are wondering about the fees and costs. Here we give you an overview of the probate services included and their respective costs.
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What probate services am I charged for?
Each case is unique and we'll advise you in our initial consultation what level of support is required. When we are instructed to assist, we can offer the following services:
- Obtaining initial instructions, reviewing papers and providing advice at the outset
- Preparing legal documents and grant applications to obtain a Grant of Probate or Grant of Letters of Administration
- Carry out the estate administration as a whole (contacting third parties, collecting in assets, paying any estate liabilities and distributing the estate as per the deceased's Will or as per the rules of intestacy if no Will is available)
How much does probate cost?
Based on your individual circumstances we'll advise you on the best option for you. Call us today for one of our specialist solicitors to provide you with an estimate.
Our fees for the administration of an estate range between 2.5% to 4% of the gross value of the estate. This may vary depending on the estate itself. You would be informed of any increase to our estimated fees prior to us carrying out any further work.
For a very straightforward grant application, we offer a fixed fee of £1,000 plus VAT and disbursements. However, if the application involves more complex issues, an uplift on our fee will be charged. This will be agreed with you in advance.
VAT is charged at 20%.
Our hourly rates range from £110 to £400 plus VAT depending on the complexity of your case, the experience of the lawyer and your location.
Can I pay legal fees for probate from the estate?
Very pleased with the service I received from Slater and Gordon. All actions required were carried out in a sympathetic and efficient manner. Clarification of requirements were indicated in a clear and precise detail with good communication. Mr S, Lancashire (wills, trusts & probate case)
My lawyer was very helpful at all stages of the process. She explained things clearly and was very flexible and helpful in dealing with my challenging personal circumstances. I would highly recommend. Ms G, Lancashire (wills, trusts & probate case)
I am thrilled with how fast my Grant of Probate was dealt with and how lovely everyone was. I would highly recommend their services. Mrs E, Manchester (wills, trusts & probate case)