5th December 2018
We pride ourselves on being transparent and thorough with our fees. For a more accurate fee estimation to include your own personal circumstances please contact our Private Client Department on 01256 844888.
To give you an indication of costs, where all assets are in the UK, please see below:
Fixed Fee Meeting
Scope of work: We offer an initial fixed fee appointment to discuss your options and give you an estimation of costs involved with probate.
This Fixed Fee meeting is usually held at our office and lasts up to 1 hour. You will see a knowledgeable member of our Private Client Team (details of which can be found on Our Team page).
The meeting will include;
Fixed Fee Appointment: £150
Grant Only Service
Scope of work: We will prepare the probate application papers based on information provided by you. You will be responsible for dealing with the estate once the Grant has been obtained.
Where a full IHT tax return (IHT400) is required: From £2,000 plus VAT
Where a short form IHT tax return (IHT205) is required: From £1,000 plus VAT
You will be responsible for paying any inheritance tax due, in addition to the above mentioned fees.
Please use the link below to the HMRC inheritance tax calculator:
Full Estate Administration Service
Scope of work: The precise stages and timescales involved will vary depending on the circumstances*.
In general the process includes:
The general timescale for a straightforward probate is 6 – 12 months and roughly between 10 – 25 hours at our team’s hourly rates.
Hourly rates for our team are as follows; please click on the individual names to learn more about their experience and qualifications.
James Phipps: £240 plus VAT
Sue Squires: £220 plus VAT
Matthew Prater: £220 plus VAT
Lisa Perry: £210 plus VAT
Elizabeth Groom: £210 plus VAT
Kayleigh Woolgar: £180 plus VAT
Suzanne Harding: £125 plus VAT
Legal Fees: between £2,000 and £5,000 plus VAT**
The legal fees for more complex estates where there may be numerous beneficiaries, significant assets or inheritance tax due generally start at around £5,000 plus VAT rising in exess of £20,000 plus VAT.
*** Disbursements included / excluded in this fee are:
Probate Application Fee: £155
Additional sealed copies of the Grant: 50p per copy
Swearing of the Oath: £7 per executor
Bankruptcy Only Land Charges Department searches: £2
Notice in the London Gazette and a local newspaper (to protect against unexpected claims from unknown creditors): Varies but usually £200 for the pair.
Whether or not the estate is taxable and the rate of tax will depend on the circumstances. Please use this link to the HMRC inheritance tax calculator
* The exact costs will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter, for example a modest estate with no property and one beneficiary is likely to be at the lower end of the scale. Whereas a large estate with multiple properties, accounts, assets and beneficiaries will be at the higher end of the cost scale.
** This quote is based on us handling the full process for you and assumes the estate has; a valid will, no more than one property, no more than five bank accounts or building society accounts, no other intangible assets, there are between 1 and five beneficiaries, there are no disputes between beneficiaries, no inheritance tax is payable, there is no need for the executors to submit a full account to HMRC and there are no claims made against the estate. There are likely to be additional costs if there is no will in place, the estate consists of shareholdings and/or if additional copies of the grant are required. Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property within the estate is not included, but our Property Law Team would be able to provide you with a competitive quote for this work.
***Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties (not Lamb Brooks). We handle these on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
For a bespoke quotation please contact our Private Client Team who will be happy to take your information and respond with a tailored quote.
Please call our office on 01256 844888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and our team promise to respond promptly.
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