Typical Fees for obtaining a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration

A Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration (both of which are often referred to as “the Grant”) is a document issued by the Probate Registry. A Grant may be required regardless of whether the person who has died left a valid Will or not

The Grant provides the Executor(s) named in the Will with evidence of their right to administer the Estate.

If there is no Will, then an application will need to be made for a Grant of Letters of Administration so that the Administrators named on the Grant have the requisite authority to administer the Estate once the Grant has been issued.


Legal Fees

These will include all work necessary to obtain the Grant and will typically range between:

Option 1 - with an IHT 205 (IHT Return of Estate Information): £1,200 and £3,500 plus VAT

Option 2 - with an IHT 400 (IHT Account): £3,000 and £15,000 plus VAT

Our fees will be based on the hourly rate of the Solicitor or Executive dealing with the matter as set out in our Terms of Business.

VAT will be charged on our legal fees at the rate in force at the date the work is carried out. This is currently 20%.

Our Electronic Anti Money Laundering Fees are calculated as follows:-

£15 plus £3 VAT for an individual UK search or triple search
£25 plus £5 VAT for the triple search for two people

£20 plus £4 VAT for an international search


Please note that these estimated figures assume the following:

  • this is a standard administration and that no unforeseen matters arise;
  • all parties to the administration are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties;
  • all beneficiaries are identifiable and traceable; and
  • the Estate does not involve a Trust.

Typically, where a receipt is required from HMRC this can take between 4 and 8 weeks. The Probate Registry will issue a Grant within 3 to 6 weeks of receiving the application provided it is satisfied with all the documentation presented.

Regardless of who administers the Estate, the following third party costs may also be applicable:

Will search through Certainty the National Wills Register: £75.00

Probate application fee payable to the HM Court and Tribunal Service to obtain the Grant: £155

Fee for 10 Certified Copies of the Grant: £5 (£0.50 each)

Fee for swearing of the Oath (per Executor): £5

Fee for marking the Will (per Executor): - £2

Fee for marking each Codicil (per Executor): £2

Fee for obtaining a copy title/plan of a property from the Land Registry: - £3 per copy

Property Valuation costs: Between £400 and £1,000 plus VAT, depending on the type and nature of the property to be valued

Valuation fees for Personal Possessions: Between £300 and £600 plus VAT