Probate & Administration
Who will deal with this matter?
All the fee earners involved in dealing with probate are fully qualified Solicitors with many years’ experience and are authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
How much are the Probate Court fees?
When a solicitor applies for a Grant of probate on your behalf the Probate Court fees are £155 per application. These fees are higher when applicants deal directly with the Probate Registry without using a solicitor
Extra copies of the grant of probate can be purchased for £1.50 each
How much does it cost to apply for Probate?
Grant only service
If you wish us to simply apply for a Grant of Probate for a simple estate we are happy to draft the paperwork to lead to the Grant (or Grant of Letters of Administration) using information provided by the family. This service is only available where no Inheritance Tax is due and the family will be responsible for dealing with the estate once the Grant has been received
Our Grant only fees are:-
• Where a simplified estate form (IHT205) is submitted - £450+VAT of £90
• Where a full estate form (IHT400) is submitted - £750+VAT of £150
Our full administration service will provide you with expertise throughout the entire Probate process. This could include:-
• Providing initial advice
• Gathering the necessary evidence need for the Probate application
• Applying for the Grant of Representation
• Collecting in the estate assets
• Paying the tax liabilities and legacies
• Dealing with HMRC negotiations
• Preparation of full estate accounts and tax returns
• Distributing the residue of the estate to the entitled beneficiaries
Our fees in relation to the full administration of an estate will depend greatly upon the terms of the Will or if the deceased died intestate the size and complexity of the estate and the type of assets involved.
As a guide, the fees for full estate administration, will typically between 1% and 2% of the gross estate plus VAT (depending on the value and complexity of the estate) with a minimum fee of £795 plus VAT of £159.
Please note these fees do not include the costs for the transfer/sale of any property and this will be charged at the normal rates for such matters.
Fees for very complex estates can be higher than this but we would discuss this with you at the outset of the matter.
Please note these costs are an estimate only and before undertaking any work we will meet with you and review the Will and discuss the estate. We will then give you a fees estimate which is a range of costs which we believe could be incurred when dealing with the estate.
Probate Court fees and charges plus VAT and disbursements re selling any property are payable in addition to our fees re the administration of the estate
How long does Probate take?
All estates differ in the length of time taken to finalise and will depend upon the complexities involved in the individual cases. We would however estimate a normal administration of estate to take between 6 and 9 months to finalise.
If we are obtaining the Grant of Probate only, we would estimate this to take around 6 weeks.
We would of course keep you informed as the matter progresses.
All our lawyers are fully qualified with many years’ experience each in acting for buyers and sellers of property and we are proud to have achieved the standards of practice and integrity required to be accredited by the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme. This scheme's logo is your guarantee that our practice will provide you with a professional and quality conveyancing service.
We are happy to provide you with a quote over the telephone or via email, so please contact one of our friendly team at our Scarborough or Filey office. However, if we are not available or you would like an indication as to fees outside of our office hours, our fee estimates are below.
For the straightforward sale or purchase of a freehold property, our fees are likely to be within the following guidelines.
FEES (based on property value)
Up to £125,000 - £495 to £545 plus VAT @ 20%
£125,001 to £200,000 - £595 to £645 plus VAT @ 20%
£200,001 to £300,000 - £695 to £745 plus VAT @ 20%
£300,001 to £400,000 - £795 to £845 plus VAT @20%
£400,001 to £500,000 - £895 to £945 plus VAT @ 20%
£500,001 to £600,000 - £995 to £1,045 plus VAT @ 20%
£600,001 to £700,000 - £1,095 to £1,145 plus VAT @ 20%
£700,001 and above - Please telephone either our Scarborough or Filey office for a quote
Re-Mortgage legal fees - £295 to £350 plus VAT @ 20%
Re-Mortgage and Transfer of Equity legal fees - £395 plus VAT of £79
Please be aware that the following additional fees will be added to the above fees should any of the matters below be relevant to your sale, purchase or re-Mortgage:-
Purchasing with a Help to Buy ISA - £50 plus VAT of £10
Purchasing with the assistance of the Help to Buy Scheme - £150 plus VAT of £30
Leasehold property sale or purchase - £100 plus VAT of £20
Right to Buy - an additional £50 plus VAT of £10
If your Mortgage company requires us to use the LMS Stars portal, then they may make a charge of £18 inclusive of VAT which is payable by you.
Fee for each Telegraphic transfer - £25 plus VAT of £5
Disbursements in additional to the above (fees payable to others). Some or all of these may apply to your matter:
Land Registry Official Copy Entries - £6.00
Land Registry Index Map Search - £4.00 (for properties not registered at the Land Registry)
Land Registry priority search - £3.00
Bankruptcy search - £2.00 per name
Initial searches - £5.00 inc VAT per name
Stamp Duty online fee - £8.40 inc VAT
Search fees for a purchase are dependent upon the area and which searches you and/or your Mortgage company require but could range from £50 to £290 approx. Please contact us for a quote for the area you are purchasing in.
Land Registry Registration fee - Based on the property value so please follow this link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/hm-land-registry-registration-services-fees
Stamp Duty Land Tax - please follow this link for an estimate of the tax payable: https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/calculate-stamp-duty-land-tax/#/intro
As we are not tax experts, if you have any concerns regarding the amount of Stamp Duty Land Tax payable for your transaction, please seek the advice of your Accountant or other Tax expert.
Please be aware that the above figures are estimates. If your sale, purchase or re-Mortgage is likely to be more complex or involved than a usual standard conveyancing transaction, then our fees may increase from the above due to the additional work involved. Please contact one of our friendly team at our Scarborough or Filey office and we will offer guidance as to what the additional fees may be.
For the process and an approximate indication as to how long the sale and or purchase process takes, please see the following government website: https://www.gov.uk/buy-sell-your-home
We look forward to hearing from you.
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