Probate Information and Rates

Probate principals & hourly charge out rates 

  • Partners £200 - £300 + VAT
  • Managers £90 - £150 + VAT
  • Other staff £35 - £85 + VAT


Our fees can vary and depend on the size and complexity of each probate case. 

Gross estate value £325,000 - £1,000,000:
£5,000 - £25,000 fee + VAT

Gross estate value £1,000,000 +:
Fees by agreement during estate administration period.  

If there is a change in fees, we will notify you as soon as possible. 


We handle the entire probate case from beginning to end and keep executors updated along the way. 

  • Collate information of assets and liabilities – estate value
  • Draft probate and IHT forms to obtain Grant of Probate 
  • Complete Gazette notice and local newspaper advert 
  • Estate administration – collect monies and pay liabilities 
  • Update executors regularly via email / telephone / face to face meetings 
  • Submit self-assessment tax returns for estate income 
  • Make payments to beneficiaries in accordance with the Will
  • Generate estate accounts 
  • Apply for HMRC clearance to wind up estate 

Please note we cannot deal with contentious probate. 


These are costs payable to third parties such as:

  • Probate fee
  • Office copies of Grant of Probate
  • Gazette notice 
  • Local Newspaper notice 

Time Scales

A straightforward estate usually takes between 6-18 months to complete. This timescale is purely dependent on the profile of the assets involved. 

A complex estate can take longer than this to settle and an estimate to complete can be provided every 6 months. 

We provide accurate time scales once we know the size of the estate and the work involved. 

Key Milestones

  • Collate assets and liabilities details and apply for probate 
  • Obtain Grant of Probate 
  • Gazette and Local Newspaper notice and open designated client account 
  • Collect assets
  • Settle liabilities 
  • Contact beneficiaries and distribute funds in accordance with the Will 
  • Produce Estate Accounts for executors and residuary beneficiaries 
  • Apply for HMRC clearance 
  • Wind up estate