Estate & Probate

We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf based on a fixed legal fee. The fees are payable in most cases out of the assets of the estate.

The information about the costs is for estates where:

  • There is a valid will
  • There are no more than  bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are no more than five legacies or specific gifts or more than five residuary beneficiaries
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs
  • The deceased made lifetime gifts exceeding the annual allowance of £3,000.00 within the past 15 years
  • There are no claims made against the estate and the estate does not include:
    • A business, farms, farmhouses or farmland,  an interest in another estate, loans or mortgages payable to the deceased, foreign assets, assets held in trust, national heritage assets or unlisted stocks and shares and control holdings

Legal Fees and Disbursements

Disbursements are costs relating to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees.

Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets:

This work can be undertaken on the basis of a fixed fee. The range of fixed fees we charge fall as follows:

Estate not exceeding £150,000

1.8% of the gross estate value subject to a minimum fee of £750.00 + VAT.

For example, an estate valued at £125,000 our legal fees would be £2250 + VAT.

Estate not exceeding £325,000

1.9% of the gross estate + VAT.

For example, an estate valued at £300,000 our legal fees would be £5700 + VAT.

Estate not exceeding £650,000

2.0% of the gross estate + VAT.

For example, an estate valued at £500,000 our legal fees would be £10,000 + VAT.

Estate exceeding £650,000

Subject to negotiation.

When you instruct us we will send a letter to you setting out the basis upon which we will charge our fees.

Possible Disbursements:

  • Probate application fee - £155.00
  • Swearing of the oath  - £7.00 per executor
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches - £2.00 per beneficiary
  • Post in The London Gazette - this is recommended as a means of protecting against claims against the estate - £69.50 + VAT
  • Post in a Local Newspaper - This helps protect against claims against the estate and vary between newspapers but can cost between £200 and £500.

What services does this fee include?

The following steps are included:

  • Identify the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries and establish the extent of the estate by identifying the various assets and liabilities
  • Prepare the Grant of Probate and have it sworn by the executor(s) and submitted to the appropriate Probate Registry together with the Will, if there is one
  • Once the Grant is received from the Probate Registry it is submitted to the various organisations with whom assets are held in order to start the process of transferring the assets into the beneficiaries’ names;
  • All estate liabilities have to be paid before the estate can be distributed among the beneficiaries;
  • Confirming that tax is paid up to date and there are no outstanding HMRC claims;
  • Preparation of the Estate accounts and distribution of the estate in accordance with the terms of the Will.

Potential additional costs include:

  • If there is no will or the estate consists of any share holdings (stocks and bonds) there is likely to be additional costs that could range significantly depending on the estate and how it is to be dealt with. We can give you a more accurate quote once we have more information.
  • If any additional copies of the grant are required, they will also be charged at 50p.
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.

Typical timescales

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 3 to 9 months.

Clear, Friendly, Efficient Advise

Advise received was clear and friendly! Everything was dealt with efficiently and within our best interests

Mrs Dyett & Mr Howard

2019-05-16T11:50:50+01:00

Mrs Dyett & Mr Howard

Advise received was clear and friendly! Everything was dealt with efficiently and within our best interests 

Excellent service throughout, friendly and professional


Miss Arblaster

2019-07-18T09:10:38+01:00

Miss Arblaster

Pleasant and Professional Staff

Impressed with the pleasant attitude of staff and Maddalena's professionalism!

Mrs Ledger

2019-06-03T11:06:26+01:00

Mrs Ledger

Impressed with the pleasant attitude of staff and Maddalena's professionalism!

Excellent and very informative

Yvonne Copley was excellent, very informative and pleasant to deal with. I don't think you can improve on excellence.

Mrs Gill

2019-01-22T12:30:09+01:00

Mrs Gill

Excellent, very informative and pleasant to deal with.

Would be Happy to Recommend

Efficient and friendly service. Explanations were given in an easy to follow and understanding manner. We were very happy with the service, and would be happy to recommend and use again!

Mrs Riley

2019-05-16T12:07:44+01:00

Mrs Riley

Efficient and friendly service. Explanations were given in an easy to follow and understanding manner. We were very happy with the service, and would be happy to recommend and use again!

Friendly Staff

Impressed with the friendliness of the staff

Ms Mason

2019-06-25T11:56:35+01:00

Ms Mason

Impressed with the friendliness of the staff

Clear & Understandable Explanation

Good advice and service! Everything was explained clearly and understandably

Mr & Mrs Ellis

2019-05-28T12:04:57+01:00

Mr & Mrs Ellis

Good advice and service! Everything was explained clearly and understandably

Excellent customer service, would recommend without hesitation


Mr Gower

2019-07-16T12:02:49+01:00

Mr Gower

First Class as Always

First class as always. Service is always friendly, polite, professional along with good advise. Very satisfied with everything!

Mr & Mrs Swift

2019-05-16T12:12:14+01:00

Mr & Mrs Swift

First class as always. Service is always friendly, polite, professional along with good advise. Very satisfied with everything!

Everything went smoothly

Impressed with the smoothness of the whole process

Mr & Mrs Horsfield

2019-05-16T10:13:11+01:00

Mr & Mrs Horsfield

Impressed with the smoothness of the whole process

Friendly & Approachable

I was nervous about the Will making process but I need not have been, as staff were so friendly and approachable, I was put completely at ease

Mrs Misiukanis

2019-05-29T09:55:21+01:00

Mrs Misiukanis

I was nervous about the Will making process but I need not have been, as staff were so friendly and approachable, I was put completely at ease

Friendly and Professional

The whole process was dealt with in a friendly and professional manner. In my experience the service was first cl;ass and not needing any improvement.

Mr Slater

2019-05-16T10:17:56+01:00

Mr Slater

The whole process was dealt with in a friendly and professional manner. In my experience the service was first cl;ass and not needing any improvement. 

Friendly, Courteous and Understanding


Ms Thwaite

2019-07-15T11:14:56+01:00

Ms Thwaite

Excellent Service

Thank you for helping me recently. Excellent service from opening the door right up to drafting and filing. I've been in many law firms all over and never had this level of customer service. All the best.

Mr Johnson

2018-11-12T15:02:18+01:00

Mr Johnson

Excellent service from opening the door right up to drafting and filing.

Friendly, Professional & Really Listened

The service received was both friendly and professional, and I was really listened to. Thank you for such a helpful and friendly service; I was pleasantly surprised with the low cost too.

Mrs Davies

2019-05-29T09:59:28+01:00

Mrs Davies

The service received was both friendly and professional, and I was really listened to. Thank you for such a helpful and friendly service; I was pleasantly surprised with the low cost too.

Incredibly Helpful and Understanding

Received very knowledgeable and excellent service throughout, incredibly helpful and understanding, thank you! Would recommend for sure!

Miss Pearson

2019-05-16T11:36:23+01:00

Miss Pearson

Received very knowledgeable and excellent service throughout, incredibly helpful and understanding, thank you! Would recommend for sure!

So Good

The service was SO GOOD, I don't see how it could be bettered.

Mr Booler

2018-11-12T14:23:52+01:00

Mr Booler

The service was SO GOOD.

A Country Mile

I was particularly impressed with the greeting and welcome I received on my very first visit. I had called into three solicitors on Regent Street that day and yours was a 'country mile' better welcome than any of the others. Friendly, smiling, welcoming, down to earth and kind reception staff. This was the reason I chose your firm.

Ms Hooley

2018-11-12T14:08:56+01:00

Ms Hooley

Friendly, smiling, welcoming, down to earth and kind reception staff.

Patience and Understanding

Yvonne's patience and understanding was very much appreciated.

Mr Morris

2018-11-12T14:29:43+01:00

Mr Morris

Patience and understanding was very much appreciated.

Clear, Professional, Friendly Service

Everything was explained clearly, and service was friendly and professional.

Mr & Mrs Spencer

2019-05-16T11:07:39+01:00

Mr & Mrs Spencer

Everything was explained clearly, and service was friendly and professional. 

Very patient

Maddalena Proctor came to see me and helped me a great deal as I had no idea about Wills. She explained all the details and was very patient with me.

Mrs Greaves

2018-11-12T12:57:58+01:00

Mrs Greaves

Maddalena Proctor explained all the details about Wills and was very patient with me.

Approachable and Knowledgeable

Very satisfied with the outcome of the work, Anthony was very approachable and knowledgeable, and provided very good down to earth advice

Mrs Brook

2019-07-03T09:56:07+01:00

Mrs Brook

Very satisfied with the outcome of the work, Anthony was very approachable and knowledgeable, and provided very good down to earth advice

Impressive All-Round Service


Mr & Mrs Wragg

2019-05-17T10:01:35+01:00

Mr & Mrs Wragg

Impressive All-Round Service

Polite and respectful

Thank you for being polite to us. You were very respectful. There is nothing I could add to the excellent service.

Mr Rains

2019-01-22T12:39:31+01:00

Mr Rains

There is nothing I could add to the excellent service.

Professional

Everything was dealt with in a very professional way

Mr & Mrs Lindley

2019-08-14T10:10:08+01:00

Mr & Mrs Lindley

Everything was dealt with in a very professional way

Excellent Service Throughout


Mr Beetenson

2019-05-16T10:28:49+01:00

Mr Beetenson

Excellent service throughout

Working with a smile

You made me feel comfortable and I was impressed you were working with a smile.

Mrs Little

2019-01-22T12:31:58+01:00

Mrs Little

I was impressed you were working with a smile.

A polite and caring service all the way through, from receptionist to solicitor


Mr & Mrs Williams

2019-06-25T12:04:04+01:00

Mr & Mrs Williams

Excellent quality of service

Impressed with the excellent quality of service

Mr Stones

2019-05-16T10:07:53+01:00

Mr Stones

Impressed with the excellent quality of service

Compassionate

Many thanks for your compassion in dealing with our case

Mr Stubbs

2019-05-16T12:16:26+01:00

Mr Stubbs

Many thanks for your compassion in dealing with our case

Approachable, Friendly & Professional

I am very please with the service I received from you, just as I have in the past. You have approachable, friendly and professional staff from reception through to senior staff.

Mrs Lovatt

2019-01-23T14:43:37+01:00

Mrs Lovatt

I am very please with the service I received from you.

Efficient and clear

Very efficient and clear.

Mr Ward

2019-01-22T12:35:59+01:00

Mr Ward

Very efficient and clear.

Always Impressed

I am always impressed. Thank you to Maddalena and the staff at the Gleadless branch for their help.

Miss Cassy

2019-05-16T10:23:21+01:00

Miss Cassy

I am always impressed. Thank you to Maddalena and the staff at the Gleadless branch for their help.

Wonderful, Chatty and Helpful Staff


Mr & Mrs Jones

2019-07-03T09:12:08+01:00

Mr & Mrs Jones

Making my Will was made so easy

The making of my Will was made so easy for me - I should have done this long ago.

Mrs Fergus

2018-11-12T14:28:45+01:00

Mrs Fergus

Making my Will was made so easy.

Kind and Understanding


Mrs Senior

2019-07-04T11:33:06+01:00

Mrs Senior

Made a Difficult Task Easy

You made a difficult task easy, thank you gold starts all round!

Ms Cooper

2019-05-16T11:55:00+01:00

Ms Cooper

You made a difficult task easy, thank you gold starts all round!

Understanding, Helpful & Efficient

Impressed with the very understanding, helpful and efficient staff

Ms Hood

2019-05-16T10:37:14+01:00

Ms Hood

Impressed with the very understanding, helpful and efficient staff

Kind and helpful

I was apprehensive about discussing my Will, but I was soon put at ease by Maddalena. I reviewed my Will recently, and again she was so kind and helpful.

Mrs Woolley

2019-01-22T12:42:46+01:00

Mrs Woolley

Maddalena was so kind and helpful.

I was Listened to Carefully

I was listened to carefully and my requests were adhered to professionally, thank you.

Mrs Booth

2019-05-16T10:31:28+01:00

Mrs Booth

I was listened to carefully and my requests were adhered to professionally, thank you. 

Friendly, Efficient & Clear


Mrs Dunne

2019-05-29T09:41:16+01:00

Mrs Dunne

Very friendly, but still professional


Ms Walker & Mr Birchall

2019-05-24T12:01:59+01:00

Ms Walker & Mr Birchall

Friendly, Competent and Totally Professional

Will writing service was friendly, very competent and totally professional

Mr & Mrs Greensides

2019-05-16T11:32:08+01:00

Mr & Mrs Greensides

Will writing service was friendly, very competent and totally professional

Meet the team

Taiba Choudhry - Solicitor - Wills & Probate - Property - Conveyancing - Abbeydale Road - Sheffield
Taiba Choudhry
Solicitor
Maddelana Proctor - Private Client - Gleadless - Sheffield
Maddalena Proctor
Gleadless Office Manager
Antony Exley - Probate Executive
Antony Exley
Probate Executive