For estates worth less than £325,000 (provided an IHT400 is not required) we will quote fixed fees between £850 and £1,150 plus VAT to obtain a Grant of Probate.
Probate fees are payable in addition to HMCTS which we currently pay on behalf of clients and bill as a disbursement. The current fee is £273 plus £1.50 per copy. Probate fees however may rise in the foreseeable future. For further work after obtaining the Grant of Probate this will usually be charged at an hourly rate of £250 per hour plus VAT but fixed fees are available on request. For estates where an IHT400 full inheritance tax account is required, we would usually base our charges upon an hourly rate of £250 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 Curtis is a partner of the firm qualified as a solicitor in 1998. He is a specialist solicitor dealing with Wills, probate and estates and will handle your application for probate efficiently and for a reasonable fee. For example, on an estate worth £200,000 with a property, we would usually quote a fee of £1250 plus VAT plus the probate fee and land registry fee in order to deal with obtaining the Grant of Probate and transferring the property into the name of the beneficiary and will often advise clients to deal with the rest of the administration of the estate themselves to save the family money.
By applying through a solicitor, the application for the Grant of Probate is usually a lot quicker and it takes the stress away from the client. The timescale for a Grant of Probate varies but by instructing us you have the advantage that we will check all the paperwork before it is submitted online to the High Court.
If an IHT400 is required and inheritance tax is payable, then inheritance tax should be paid within six months of the date of death, otherwise interest and penalties are payable to HM Revenue & Customs.
For a quotation in relation to any estate, please contact Mr Philip Curtis on 0121 356 1161 or by email to
via his secretary to firstname.lastname@example.org