probate

Simple Probate Offer

What is simple Probate?

If you have suffered a bereavement, you may be wondering what to do once you have registered the death of the person who has died.

Probate is an umbrella term often used to describe the process of administering a person’s estate. It is a widely used term but Probate (Grant of Representation) is the physical document issued by the Court which gives the power to the Executors to administer the estate. There are various types of applications that can be made for Grant of Representation but for the purpose of our simple Probate service, we are referring to the Grant of Probate which is issued by the Courts where the deceased left a valid Will. You can read more information on our Probate page.

Our lawyers have considerable experience in dealing with bereavements and managing the related legal, tax, property and estate administration.

We now offer a simple Probate service for a fixed price, starting from £3,250 plus VAT and disbursements for estates under £325,000.



What is the cost of simple Probate?

Our fixed fee for an estate value up to £325,000, which includes some or all of the assets listed below, is £3,250 plus VAT and disbursements.

  • 1 UK residential property
  • Up to 2 UK bank accounts
  • No estate liabilities other than funeral expenses
  • Up to 5 pecuniary legacies
  • Up to 5 Residuary Beneficiaries

Our fixed fee for an estate valued up to £325,000, which includes some or all of the assets listed below, is £4,200 plus VAT and disbursements.

  • 1 UK residential property
  • Up to 6 UK bank accounts
  • 1 investment portfolio
  • Up to 5 Residuary Beneficiaries
  • Up to 5 pecuniary legacies

Once we have provided you with a fixed fee Probate quote in writing the price will not change unless the original information we are given is incorrect or the circumstances change.

What does the offer include?

The offer includes:

  • A telephone call or Zoom meeting to discuss your circumstances
  • Establishing the value of assets and liabilities
  • Preparing the necessary HM Revenue & Custom forms and submitting the same
  • Making the application for Probate
  • Where applicable placing s27 advertisements
  • Collecting in the assets and settling estate liabilities
  • Preparing estate accounts
  • Calculating and arranging to distribute the estate in accordance with the terms of the Will
  • Reporting and calculating the income tax for the estate administration period to to HMRC on an informal basis
  • Obtaining clearance from HMRC

A full breakdown of the services included will be set out within our client care letter.

What the offer does not include

  • Filing of tax returns for lifetime and post death income tax
  • Deeds of Variation
  • Disclaiming any right to inheritance
  • Any disputes or challenges to the Will
  • Any issues arising a result of missing beneficiaries
  • Dealing with domicile issues and foreign assets
  • Any conveyancing work required in selling the house

Our simple probate service assumes that:

  • A valid Will exists
  • The deceased was UK domiciled
  • That the executors named in the Will are happy to take up their appointment
  • That the estate falls within the criteria set out above

If you wish to include any of the above or have more complex requirements, please see our standard Probate service.