Probate

FIXED FEES AT A GLANCE

First we need to tell you what the difference is between a Grant of Probate and a Grant of Letters of Administration. A Grant of Probate is where a person dies and leaves a will saying what happens to their estate when they die.

If there is a will you apply to the Probate Court for a Grant of Probate. If a person dies without a will then you obtain Letters of Administration. There are rules saying who gets what when this happens and we will tell you what these rules are.

When there is not much money involved or no house involved it is not always necessary to use a solicitor or any other expert to obtain a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration, so it is most likely if the estate is worth under £5,000 to £10,000 you do not need a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration. If there is money in a bank or similar organisation they will tell you whether they insist on you obtaining a formal Grant of Probate or whether they can just fill in a form and deal with it without this extra cost. If in doubt please ask us.

Whenever possible we try and tell our clients what we are going to charge them before they instruct us. So in most cases the fees are as follows:-

Estate Up to Fees VAT Commissioners fees* Court Fees
0-£50,000 £350.00 £70.00 £13.00 £155.00
£50,001-£75,000 £450.00 £90.00 £13.00 £155.00
£75,001-£100,000 £500.00 £100.00 £13.00 £155.00
£100,001 to £150,000 £550.00 £110.00 £13.00 £155.00
£150,001-£175,000 £600.00 £120.00 £13.00 £155.00
£175,001 to £200,000 £650.00 £130.00 £13.00 £155.00
£200,001 to £250,000 £700.00 £140.00 £13.00 £155.00
£250,001 to £300,000 £750.00 £150.00 £13.00 £155.00
£300.001 to £400,000 £850.00 £170.00 £13.00 £155.00
£400,001 to £500,000 £950.00 £190.00 £13.00 £155.00

Excludes cases which involve disputed will or similar
Does not include conveyancing fees for sale of house, see our conveyancing page for same
In addition, on estates over £325,000 (£650,000 for married couple or those in civil partnership), there will be inheritance tax to pay.
* May be slight variations due to number of executors and exhibits

Areas Covered: Alsager, Biddulph, Burslem, Congleton, Crewe, Hanley, Leek, Longton, Macclesfield, Madeley, Market Drayton, Nantwich, Newcastle, Stafford, Stoke, Stoke-On-Trent, Stone, Uttoxeter

Cooks Solicitors
Cooks Solicitors
12 Brindley Court,
Lymedale Business Park,
Newcastle-under-Lyme,
Staffordshire ST5 9QA
England
01782 713 755