Pricing Information


Probate Fees


Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets

We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf. We will also undertake the collecting and distributing of assets.

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter.

We will handle the full process for you. This quote is for estates where:

  • There is a valid will
  • There is no more than one property
  • There are no more than X bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are 1-4 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

How much does this service cost?

TOTAL: Fee based on 0.5% of the gross real Property value and 2% of the remaining value of the gross Estate Plus VAT (a minimum fee of £1250 plus VAT will apply)

As an example, if the property value in the estate is £200,000 and there is £50,000 worth of other assets then our fee would be £2000 plus VAT (Total legal fees of £2400) Plus Disbursements (see below).

This includes: obtaining the grant, collecting assets and distributing them.

Disbursements:

  • Probate court fee of £155. (However, fees probate fees are suggested to rise from April 2019)
  • £7 Swearing of the oath (per executor).
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary).
  • £101.52 (£84.60 plus VAT) Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.
  • Post in a Local Newspaper – approximately £275 including VAT – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims.

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Potential additional costs

  • If there is no will or the estate consists of any share holdings (stocks and bonds) there is likely to be additional costs that could range 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 £1 (1 per asset usually).
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.
  • Accountants fees
  • Surveyors fees
  • Valuers fees
  • Deed of Variation
  • Deed of Appropriation
  • Administration or Winding up of any Trusts

As part of our fixed fee we will:

  • Provide you with a STEP qualified, dedicated and experienced probate solicitor (or other legally qualified professional) to manage 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/statement of truth for you to swear
  • Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf
  • Obtain the Probate and securely send two copies to you
  • Collect and distribute all assets in the estate

On average, non-taxable estates are dealt with within 6-12 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 12-28 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 2-8 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 2-12 weeks.

Conveyancing Fees


Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the purchase of your new home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property you wish to buy is in Wales.

Conveyancer's fees and disbursements

  • Legal fees are based on the price being paid for the Property and whether it is Freehold or Leasehold
    Freehold House – Sale or Purchase
    Price Our Fee plus VAT
    £0 - £200,000 £595.00 Plus VAT of £119.00
    £200,001 - £400,000 £695.00 Plus VAT of £139.00
    £400,001 - £600,000 £750.00 Plus VAT of £150.00
    £600,001 - £800,000 £850.00 Plus VAT of £170.0
    £800,001 - £1,000,00 £995.00 Plus VAT of £199.00
    £1,000,000 - £2,000,000 £1200.00 Plus VAT of £240.00
  • Discounted Rate of £595.00 plus VAT of £119.00 available to First Time Buyers of Freehold Properties (except those using Help to Buy)
  • Purchases through to the Help to Buy Scheme are charged at a flat rate of £1200.00 plus VAT of £240.00
  • If purchasing with a Help to Buy ISA then an additional legal fee of £50 plus VAT is payable.
    Leasehold House or Flat – Sale or Purchase
    Price Our Fee plus VAT
    £0 - £200,000 £745.00 Plus VAT of £149.00
    £200,001 - £400,000 £845.00 Plus VAT of £169.00
    £400,001 - £600,000 £900.00 Plus VAT of £180.00
    £600,001 - £800,000 £1000.00 Plus VAT of £200.0
    £800,001 - £1,000,00 £1145.00 Plus VAT of £129.00
    £1,000,000 - £2,000,000 £1350.00 Plus VAT of £270.00
  • Discounted Rate of £695.00 plus VAT of £139.00 available to First Time Buyers of Leasehold Properties (except those using Help to Buy)
  • Purchases through to the Help to Buy Scheme are charged at a flat rate of £1200.00 plus VAT of £240.00
  • If purchasing with a Help to Buy ISA then an additional legal fee of £50 plus VAT is payable.

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

  • Search fees - Purchase Only (Approximate Cost as it will depend on the property location) £300.00 including VAT
  • HM Land Registry fee – Purchase Only - Depending on the value of the property and whether it can be registered on the portal Fees range from £20.00 – £910.00 (No VAT Charged)
  • Electronic money transfer fee – Sale and Purchase - £24 (including VAT) per transfer
  • Stamp Duty or Land Tax (on purchase) (This depends on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC's website or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority's website here.)

Additional Anticipated Disbursements* when purchasing a Leasehold Property

  • Notice of Transfer fee – This fee if chargeable is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £50- £100.
  • Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged) – This fee is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £50 and £100.
  • Deed of Covenant fee – This fee is provided by the management company for the property and can be difficult to estimate. Often it is between £50 and £300.
  • Certificate of Compliance fee - To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, as can range between £50 – £300.
    *These fees vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents.
    You should also be aware that ground rent and service charge are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the property. We will confirm the ground rent and the anticipated service charge as soon as this we receive this information.

The total cost of the transaction will depend on the value of the property that you are buying or selling. If you contact one of our conveyancers on 0117 9675252 they will be able to advise you of the full cost and confirm this in writing. They will also be happy to answer any questions you may have about the conveyancing process.

* Our fee assumes that:

  1. this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction
  2. if Leasehold then this is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease
  3. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise
  4. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
  5. no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

How long will my house purchase take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move in to your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 8-12 weeks. It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are a first time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage in principle, it could take 4 weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 3 and 6 months. In such, a situation additional charges would apply.

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential property vary according to the circumstances and our set in detail on our Stages of Conveyancing web page. However, below we have suggested some key stages that you may wish to include:
  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender's solicitors if needed
  • Receive and advise on contract documents
  • Carry out searches
  • Obtain further planning documentation if required
  • Make any necessary enquiries of seller's solicitor
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you
  • Complete purchase
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry

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