Pricing for probate services

Every probate situation is unique, and our expertise in this field means we can help you swiftly and cost-effectively.

When a person passes away, it is often be a very distressing time. SA Law’s sympathetic and practical help will guide you through the probate and estate administration process. We can handle all the necessary legal and financial requirements of collecting and distributing assets after paying off any outstanding debts. The amount you pay includes the fee for our work and any necessary payments we will make to third parties on your behalf, which are associated with probate applications and estate administration.

Probate requires a personalised quote because of the varying amount of work based on the circumstances. This is why all our fees are estimations and we advise you to call us for your bespoke quote.

Two key factors are whether you require us to undertake just the probate application, or if you need us to carry out further work, such as paying bills and legacies and notifying third parties. Our fee will also be slightly more if the estate is subject to an Inheritance Tax payment. To find out if the Inheritance Tax applies, we recommend reading the HMRC Bereavement Guide.

An initial conversation with one of our experts gives us an opportunity to ask the right questions. To discuss your situation in complete confidence, call our St Albans office on 01727 798000.

We also offer services for Wills and Trusts amongst our Probate department. Take a look at our service page for more information

Our fees and the work undertaken

To give you an indication of likely costs, the table below provides some estimated fee ranges based on typical situations and complexity. Bear in mind that, unlike many banks and other solicitors, SA Law does not believe in charging fees based on the value of the estate. All of our prices exclude VAT. 

For non-taxable estates (excluding VAT)

To obtain a Grant
Where there is a non-taxable estate whether or not there is a Will, our prices would range between:

£800 - £5,000

To obtain a Grant and deal with administration of the estate
Where we are required to obtain the Grant to deal with getting in assets, paying bills, notifying third parties, paying legacies, placing advertisements etc. Where no inheritance tax is payable our prices would range between:

£2,500 - £10,000
plus disbursements

For a taxable estate (excluding VAT)

To obtain a Grant for a taxable estate
Where there is a taxable estate including handling inheritance tax but not any other taxes, our prices would range between:

£2000 - £10,000
plus disbursements

To obtain a Grant and deal with administration of the estate
Where we are required to obtain the Grant, including handling inheritance tax, getting in assets, paying bills, notifying third parties, paying legacies and placing advertisements then our prices would range between:

£5000 - £20,000
Plus disbursements

Factors that can affect the complexity of the case and legal costs include the number of beneficiaries and if the deceased owned more than one property. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of our fee range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, this will be at the higher end of our range. 

We can also help if you need to sell a property. Learn more about our residential conveyancing service.