How Much Does Probate Cost?

23 December 2015

How much Probate costs will depend on several different things and once we have these details we can provide you with a written fixed fee Probate quote.

Once we have provided you with a written quote for the agreed Probate work to be done, that price will not change unless the original information we are given is shown to be incorrect or circumstances change.

To find out how much Probate will cost call Co-op Probate on 03306069584 or contact us and we will call you.

Probate Costs in England & Wales

You can instruct our Probate Solicitors to deal with the complete Probate process for you, or you can do all of the Probate and Estate Administration work yourself. Whatever your decision, this guide will give you an outline of the Probate costs.

If you have been named as an Executor of a Will you may be concerned about all the responsibilities, or have worries about the amount of time Probate will take (up to a year); and the cost of Probate.

With our Probate Complete Service we take full responsibility for getting Grant of Probate and dealing with the Legal, Tax (excl VAT), Property and Estate Administration affairs.

Cost Benefits of Probate Complete Service:

We can settle the cost of a Co-op Funeralcare funeral* and reimburse any deposit paid, as soon as you have instructed us to represent you.

We deal with HM Revenue & Customs on your behalf.

*Providing that the Estate owns assets that can be liquidated.

We will price match the cost of any like for like written Probate quote.

Cost of Completing Probate Yourself

If you decide to complete Probate yourself you won't have to pay any Probate Solicitor costs. However, you will have to pay a fee to submit the Probate Application Form, this is approximately £215 and it is a larger amount when you are doing Probate yourself, than if you instruct a Solicitor to complete the form for you. This is to factor in the probable additional work that the Court Service will have to do compared to when the Probate Form is completed in by a Probate Solicitor.

If you would like to do Probate yourself but feel that you would appreciate some help and guidance with the process; you may decide to purchase a DIY Probate pack. These packs can vary greatly though so research what you are getting for your money as there are some very low cost options that will provide you with nothing much more than a Probate form to complete.

If you are going to buy a DIY Probate kit, you should expect it to provide clear and comprehensive guidance on:

  • How to administer the Estate of the deceased
  • How to value the Estate
  • The Probate process if there is a Will
  • The Probate process if there is no Will
  • Sample letters to utilise
  • Estate Accounts examples
  • The necessary forms for completing Probate
  • All necessary contact telephone numbers and addresses.

If you do Probate yourself using a DIY Probate Kit and you struggle, you may well lose the money you paid for this if you then decide to use a Solicitor.

Please note that some Solicitors may charge an hourly rate and Probate fees rather than providing you with a fixed fee agreed upfront. This will usually depend on the value of the Estate and the complexity of the financial assets involved.

As with many purchases, shopping around and comparing prices is always a good idea, however the cheapest option is not always the best. Check that the comparisons you are making are like for like. At Co-op Legal Services we will price match the cost of any like for like written Probate quote.

If someone has died and you need help with probate, contact us:

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