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At Grant Saw we are committed to providing the best information we can on our charges for all of our services. In addition, our professional rules oblige us to publish particular pricing and service information for certain services which we offer, and these can be accessed in the sections below.

Why Choose Grant Saw Solicitors?

We are the largest private client department in the local area and have five dedicated specialists in the team. As a department, we pride ourselves on providing excellent client service, with a friendly and approachable manner, and we are frequently instructed by new clients based on recommendations received from our existing clients. 

Your matter will be handled by a qualified solicitor or legal executive from the beginning to end, and a direct telephone number and direct email are always given to our clients from the outset.  We do not use unqualified staff to deal with the probate process, or to write Wills.  We have a wealth of experience in probate matters, inheritance tax matters and Will writing, and can deal with any issues should they arise. 

Unlike some legal firms we do not charge for postage and photocopying.  We will only charge you the same costs that we are charged (known as disbursements).

We also hold the Law Society accreditation for excellence in Wills and Probate, known as WIQS (Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme), as well as having members of Solicitors for the Elderly and an associate member of STEP in the team.  These are all demonstrative of the expertise and dedication our lawyers have in making sure our clients receive the best advice possible.  In 2020, we were named “Highly Commended” Solicitor Firm of the Year (South) at the British Wills and Probate Awards.

The firm is Lexcel accredited which is the Law Society’s practice management standard awarded only to solicitors who meet the highest management and client care standards.  We are also members of LawNet, a collaboration between some of the country’s leading law firms, which helps to exchange ideas and ensure best practice from which our clients benefit.

We will always give you an individual and tailored costs estimate at the start of your transaction, taking into account the specific features of your matter, and will advise you of any potential complications and discuss the impact on price before additional charges are incurred.  The hourly rates start from £250 plus VAT, and although the costs estimate given is not a fixed fee, we would not depart from it unless there is good reason to do so.

Please do feel free to call one of our private client lawyers for your own bespoke quote, but in accordance with the SRA Transparency Rules, we have set out below an average of the probate costs we charge.

The fees listed are for probate matters, where all of the assets are in the UK and the estate does not have any complex issues. 

Process

There are three things you need to attend to in the first few days after someone dies.

a) Get a medical certificate from a GP or hospital doctor, as you will need this to register the death.

b) Register the death within five days.

c) Arrange the funeral.

Once the above three points have been attended to, the personal representatives can begin the probate process.  This can be divided into three steps

1) Gathering information about the estate – which means contacting all institutions where assets/liabilities exist.

2) Completing the inheritance tax return forms and applying for the Grant.

3) Collecting the assets in, paying liabilities and inheritance tax, and distributing the estate in accordance with the Will/the intestacy rules.

Pricing

We offer two fee options for our clients when dealing with probate

Grant only service – this is generally on a fixed fee basis, based on an hourly rate, which starts at £250.00 per hour plus VAT. This means that we will tell you the information needed to apply for the Grant, which is the document needed to administer the estate.  Generally, we require probate values of all assets and liabilities in the estate.  Once we have received the requisite information, we can complete the inheritance tax return forms and return the Grant to the Personal Representative so that they can administer the estate.  Consequently, the Grant only service simply covers step two. Our charges for our Grant only service are usually between £2,750 and £5,750 plus VAT and the level of costs depends on whether or not there is inheritance tax to pay.

Full administration – Our charges are based on the Law Society formula, which provides a value element of 1% of property value and 2% of liquid assets, with an hourly rate starting at £250 plus VAT per hour. If we have been appointed as executors, the value element applied is 2% of property value and 4% of liquid assets, with an hourly rate starting at £250 plus VAT per hour.  A full administration covers everything we need to administer the estate.  For example, we will write to the banks for the probate value of all bank accounts and obtain valuations of any property.  The inheritance tax return forms would be completed and the Grant be applied for, as noted above.  Once received, we collect in all the monies, deal with any liabilities, make payment of any inheritance tax and prepare estate accounts and distribute the estate to beneficiaries in the Will, or if there is no Will, in accordance with the intestacy rules.  Therefore, the full administration covers all three steps listed above.

Our fees for this type of work usually start from £9,500.00 plus VAT. 

For example, an estate worth £1,000,000.00 comprised of a property worth £750,000.00 and with the remaining assets held in bank accounts and investments is likely to cost in the region of £25,000.00 plus VAT to administer.

This sample quote is for estates where:-

  • There is a valid Will or known beneficiaries under the intestacy rules
  • There is no more than one property
  • There are no more than 10 bank or building society accounts with no more than five different banks
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are no more than 10 known and easily traceable beneficiaries in total
  • There are no disputes between the beneficiaries over the division of assets (if disputes arise, this is likely to lead to an increase in costs)
  • We are not acting as the Executors
  • There are no claims made against the estate

Disbursements not included in this fee:-

  • Probate application fee of £155.00
  • Bankruptcy only Land Charges department searches (£2 per beneficiary)
  • Post in the London Gazette (£84.60 plus VAT) – protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors
  • Certainty Will search (£199 plus VAT) to ensure no Will exists/no later Will exists
  • Estate Search (£185 plus VAT) to ascertain the assets and liabilities in the estate if required

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees.  We handle the payment of disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smooth process.

VAT will be charged at the current prevailing rate which at present is 20%.

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter.  For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range.  However, if there are multiple beneficiaries, and multiple bank accounts, the costs will be at the higher end.  Therefore, the costs are not solely based on the value of the estate, but rather on how complicated it is to administer.

Please note that where we are instructed on a full administration basis, our costs are generally paid from the assets in the estate before distribution, and therefore generally no monies are required on account.

How Long Will This Take?

On average, estates where there is no inheritance tax to pay and a short form inheritance tax return can be completed, can usually be administered within three months.  Where the full inheritance tax return needs to be completed and there is tax to pay, it is likely that these estates will take between six to twelve months to administer.  Please note that these timescales are subject to any property or other assets which may take time to sell.

Next Steps

Please click here to download our leaflet on the duties of a personal representatives, which provides useful information. 

We hope that this makes our charging structure clear and we do always provide a bespoke costs estimate for each matter.  Please do contact us for further information.

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Meet the Probate team
Ray Crudgington
Managing Partner
greenwich
02083054224
ray.crudgington@grantsaw.co.uk
Maria Lati
Partner
Head of Residential Property
blackheath
02083054229
maria.lati@grantsaw.co.uk
Mike Clary
Partner
Head of Family
greenwich
02083054237
mike.clary@grantsaw.co.uk
Kalpa Prajapati
Partner
Head of Private Client
blackheath
02083053536
kalpa.prajapati@grantsaw.co.uk
Mario Savvides
Partner
Head of Commercial Property
greenwich
02083053531
mario.savvides@grantsaw.co.uk
Sarah-Kate Jackson
Partner
Head of Litigation
greenwich
02083054236
sarah-kate.jackson@grantsaw.co.uk
Adina-Leigh Collins
Litigation
Solicitor
greenwich
02083053556
adina-leigh.collins@grantsaw.co.uk
Aimal Gram
Commercial Property
Solicitor
greenwich
02083053524
aimal.gram@grantsaw.co.uk
Aisha Mohammed
Residential Property
Solicitor
greenwich
02083054228
aisha.mohammed@grantsaw.co.uk
Aishat Balogun
Aishat Balogun
Family
Solicitor
greenwich
02083054214
aishat.balogun@grantsaw.co.uk
An Le Tran
Commercial Property
Professional Support Solicitor
greenwich
02083054226
anle.tran@grantsaw.co.uk
Angus Young
Litigation
Solicitor
greenwich
02083054225
angus.young@grantsaw.co.uk
Atifha Aftab
Atifha Aftab
Family
Solicitor
greenwich
02083054238
atifha.aftab@grantsaw.co.uk
Bimal Kotecha
Litigation
Solicitor
greenwich
02083053523
bimal.kotecha@grantsaw.co.uk
Charlotte Mandy
Charlotte Warren
Private Client
Solicitor
blackheath
02083054231
charlotte.warren@grantsaw.co.uk
Claire Mac Mahon
Litigation
Solicitor
greenwich
02083053537
claire.macmahon@grantsaw.co.uk
Deborah Taite
Residential Property
Solicitor
blackheath
02083053542
deborah.taite@grantsaw.co.uk
Emily Pearce
Residential Property
Solicitor
greenwich
02083053526
emily.pearce@grantsaw.co.uk
Georgia Beales
Litigation
Paralegal
greenwich
02083054206
georgia.beales@grantsaw.co.uk
James McKimm
James McKimm
Corporate and Commercial
Solicitor
greenwich
02083054217
james.mckimm@grantsaw.co.uk
Jeremy Brooks
Jeremy Brooks
Private Client
Solicitor
blackheath
02083053534
jeremy.brooks@grantsaw.co.uk
Joanna Godden
Notary Public
Notary
greenwich
02083083535
joanna.godden@grantsaw.co.uk
Kim Whitaker
Kim Whitaker
Corporate and Commercial
Head of Corporate and Commercial
greenwich
02083053539
kim.whitaker@grantsaw.co.uk
Laura Danquah
Compliance Manager
greenwich
02083054222
laura.danquah@grantsaw.co.uk
Lauren Smith
Employment and Family
Paralegal
greenwich
02083053543
lauren.smith@grantsaw.co.uk
Mandeep Clair
Family
Solicitor
greenwich
02083054235
mandeep.clair@grantsaw.co.uk
Michael Pope
Employment
Consultant Solicitor
greenwich
02083053540
michael.pope@grantsaw.co.uk
Michelle Pinnington
Michelle Pinnington
Residential Property
Solicitor
greenwich
02083054216
michelle.pinnington@grantsaw.co.uk
Noella Gooden
Employment
Solicitor (Australian qualified)
greenwich
02083053543
noella.gooden@grantsaw.co.uk
Raj Waghela
Raj Waghela
Residential Property
Solicitor
greenwich
02083053529
raj.waghela@grantsaw.co.uk
Randeep Thethy
Randeep Thethy
Residential Property
Solicitor
greenwich
02083054209
randeep.thethy@grantsaw.co.uk
Ruggero Pesciatini
Ruggero Pesciatini
Corporate and Commercial
Paralegal
greenwich
02083054220
ruggero.pesciatini@grantsaw.co.uk
Sarah Conner
Sarah Conner
Private Client
Solicitor
blackheath
02083054234
sarah.conner@grantsaw.co.uk
Simran Lalli
Simran Lalli
Employment
Solicitor
greenwich
02083054208
simran.lalli@grantsaw.co.uk
Susan Collins
Commercial Property
Solicitor
greenwich
02083054200
susan.collins@grantsaw.co.uk
Tatiana Zenina
Tatiana Zenina
Private Client
Solicitor
blackheath
02083054239
tatiana.zenina@grantsaw.co.uk
Trisha Djemal
Trisha Djemal
Residential Property
Consultant Solicitor
blackheath
02083053546
trisha.djemal@grantsaw.co.uk
Tyrone Grant
Residential Property
Head of Leasehold Enfranchisement
blackheath
02083053522
tyrone.grant@grantsaw.co.uk
Denise
Accounts Staff
greenwich
02088586971
enquiries@grantsaw.co.uk
Jayne Lye
Support Staff
Office Manager
greenwich
02083054204
jayne.lye@grantsaw.co.uk
Jamie
Support Staff
Head of IT
greenwich
02088586971
enquiries@grantsaw.co.uk
Kasia
Accounts Staff
greenwich
02088586971
enquiries@grantsaw.co.uk
Michael Tobin
Michael Tobin
Support Staff
Marketing and Business Development Manager
greenwich
02083053550
michael.tobin@grantsaw.co.uk
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Support Staff
Customer Services
greenwich
02083054221
sue.holness@grantsaw.co.uk