Probate Pricing

Probate Pricing

Here at Dutton Gregory, we understand that coping with the death of a person can bring a mixture of emotions, and the legal side of dealing with a person’s death can often be overwhelming and confusing.

What Sets Us Apart

Our aim is to offer compassionate, experienced legal advice, to support you and your loved ones through this difficult time.

We have an experienced team who can assist you with every aspect of the probate process, reducing the administrative burden and advising sensitively on key decisions which need to be made when managing an estate. We are aware that administering an estate comes at a time of grief and high emotion, and that most people do not know the processes and legal requirements involved.

Our firm is proud to hold the Lexcel Accreditation, issued by the Law Society. This involves the firm undergoing a rigorous audit process which ensures we maintain high levels of client care.

We are here to help you through the process, by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf. We also undertake the collecting and distributing of assets, giving you further peace of mind.


To receive a fully personalised quote, please complete our How Can We Help form to the right of this page, call 01202 315005 or email contact@duttongregory.co.uk

How much does our service cost?

Our charges include obtaining the grant, collecting assets and distributing them.

Our costs are based on:
  • An initial meeting to discuss your needs - £250 + VAT
  • Followed by a fixed fee (2% of average sized estates).*
For example, if the estate is worth £300,000 our fees would be around £6,250.
*Subject to minimum charge of £2,500 + VAT

Inheritance Tax Forms

We also offer the service of completing Inheritance Tax forms for you.

Generally, if no Inheritance Tax is due and the value of the estate is less than £1 million you will require Inheritance Tax Form: IHT 205

If the estate is below the Inheritance Tax (IHT) threshold (currently £325,000), you will need to fill out form IHT 205; this means that no Inheritance Tax is payable.

For more information, visit: Inheritance Tax: return of estate information  

Our charge for IHT 205 completion only and applying for the Grant based on information provided by the executors: £1,500 - £2,500 + VAT


For assets not qualifying for the IHT 205 excepted estates procedure you will require Inheritance Tax Form: IHT 400

If Inheritance Tax is due - or a full account is required.

For more information, visit: Inheritance Tax: if due

Our charge for IHT 400 completion only and applying for the Grant based on information provided by the executors: £2,500 - £4,000 + VAT


To receive a fully personalised quote, please complete our How Can We Help form to the right of this page, call 01202 315005 or email contact@duttongregory.co.uk

Disbursements

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.

If required, these costs are not included in our fees.

  • Probate court fee of currently £155 plus £0.50 for each additional copy.
  • £5 Swearing of the oath (per executor) plus £2 for each exhibit.
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches.
  • Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors and post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims typically in the region of £200

As part of our fixed fee we will:

  • Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate lawyer to work on your matter
  • Identify the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries
  • Accurately identify the type of Probate application you will require
  • Obtain the relevant documents required to make the application
  • Complete the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms
  • Draft a legal oath for you to swear
  • Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf
  • Obtain the Probate and securely send two copies to you
  • Collect and distribute all assets in the estate

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6 to 12 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 3 to 6 months.


To receive a fully personalised quote, please complete our How Can We Help form to the right of this page, call 01202 315005 or email contact@duttongregory.co.uk

Please be aware that our pricing is subject to revision.