For estates worth less than £300,000 (provided an IHT400 - Full Inheritance Tax Account is not required, we will quote a fixed fee between £600 and £1,000 plus VAT to obtain a Grant of Probate.
For estates where an IHT400 Full Inheritance Tax Account is required, we would usually base our charge upon our hourly rate of £200 per hour plus VAT but you may ask us to agree a fixed fee once we have the information in relation to the estate.
Mr Philip Curtis is a partner of the firm and qualified as a solicitor over 20 years ago. He is a specialist solicitor dealing with probate and estates and will handle your application for probate efficiently and for a very reasonable fee. For example, on an estate worth £200,000 with a property we would usually quote £750 plus VAT, plus the probate fee to obtain probate and then a fixed fee for the sale of the property and would often advise clients to deal with the rest of the administration of the estate themselves.
By applying through a Solicitor the application for the Grant of Probate is usually a lot quicker and takes the stress away from the client. For example, we can often obtain a Grant of Probate within three to four weeks of being instructed provided we receive evidence of valuation. A far more complicated estate where an IHT400 is required and inheritance tax is payable can take up to 6 months or more to obtain a Grant of Probate because inheritance tax has to be paid before you can obtain the Grant. Inheritance Tax is payable within 6 months of the date of death, otherwise interest and penalties are payable to HM Revenue and Customs.
The Government are proposing to increase probate fees from the current level of £155 (when you apply through a solicitor) to fees of up to £6,000 in April 2019. We would urge all clients reading this to write to their local MP to object to this change. According to official figures the Probate Service is fully funded by the current level of fees and so the proposed increases should be regarded as a tax upon the deceased in an attempt to fund the justice system.
For a quotation in relation to any estate, please contact Mr Philip Curtis on 0121 356 1161 or by email email@example.com