Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets
We anticipate this will take between 10 and 20 hours work at £150 per hour. Total costs estimated at £1,500 - £3,000 (+VAT).
The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, costs will be at the higher end.
We will handle the full process for you. This quote is for estates where:
- There is a valid will
- There is no more than one property
- There are no more than 4 bank or building society accounts
- There are no other intangible assets
- There are 2-4 beneficiaries
- There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs
- There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC
- There are no claims made against the estate
Disbursements not included in this fee:
- Probate application fee of £155
- £7 Swearing of the oath (per executor)
- Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)
- £200 Posts in The London Gazette & in a Local Newspaper – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
Potential additional costs
- 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 cost £2 (1 per asset usually).
- Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.
How long will this take?
On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 3-6 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 6-12 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 3-6 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally take 3-6 weeks.
We have five members of the team who may work on your matter. Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by John Lane, Partner and Head of Private Capital.
John Lane - Partner (York) specialising in personal tax, trust, probate and charity work with a particular emphasis on estate planning landed estates and trusteeships. Qualified in 1988; Simpson Curtis, Leeds (1986-1982); Joined Rollits in 1993. Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
Sue Brad - Associate (York) specialising in wills, trusts, estate administration and Lasting Powers of Attorney. Qualified in 2004; Lee & Priestley, Leeds (2002–2004); Joined Rollits in 2005. Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
Sarah Adams - Associate (Hull) specialising in private capital matters including estate and succession planning, preparation of wills, creation of trusts and care home fee planning, administration of estates, powers of attorney and Court of Protection applications. Joined Rollits in 2011; Qualified in 2013. Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
Emma Fawke - Solicitor (Hull) specialising private client work including Wills, Estate Planning and Administration matters, as well as Lasting Powers of Attorney. Qualified in 2011; Graham & Rosen Solicitors, Hull (2006 - 2007); Payne & Payne, Hull (2008 - 2016); Andrew Kingston & Co, Hull (2016 - 2018); Joined Rollits in 2018.
Bella O’Keeffe - Solicitor (York) specialising in private client work in particular preparation of wills, creation of trusts, estate planning, taxation, administration of estates, powers of attorney, court of protection applications and care home fee planning. Qualified in 2015; Ware & Kay (2015-2018); Joined Rollits in 2018.
We want to give you the best possible service. However, if at any point you become unhappy or concerned about the service we have provided then you should inform us immediately, so that we can do our best to resolve the problem. If you would like to make a formal complaint, then you can read our full complaints procedure here.