How Much Does Probate Cost?

23rd December 2015

Co-op Legal Services offer a fixed cost Complete Probate service, starting from £1,484 +VAT (£1,780 incl. VAT) plus disbursement costs.

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

If you have been named as an Executor of a Will, you may be concerned about what this means for you. You could have worries about the amount of time Probate will take, the cost of Probate and the impact on your life.

You can instruct a Probate Solicitor to deal with the complete Probate process or you may decide to do all of the Probate and Estate Administration work yourself. Whatever your decision, this handy guide will give you an outline of the fees you can expect when dealing with Probate.

If you decide to complete Probate yourself you won't have to pay any Probate Solicitor fees. 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 qualified Solicitor.

You may decide that 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 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 decide to 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 any like for like written Probate quote.

For free initial advice or a free, fixed cost Probate quote call our Probate specialists on 01618558359 or contact us online and we will help you.

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