Estates and Probate

We offer a free, no obligation, initial appointment with one of our lawyers to discuss the estate of someone who has passed away. We can advise on the way forward regarding the estate, as it may not be necessary for a Grant of Probate to be obtained, depending on the individual circumstances.

If the deceased died without having a Will they are intestate in which case it may be necessary to obtain Letters of Administration rather than a Grant of Probate.

Legal Fees

The amount of time it takes to administer an estate depends on many variables. As our fees are based on the amount of time it takes to wind-up an estate it is very difficult to set out what our exact fees are likely to be. That said however, we can give the estimated range of fees below, based on the following assumptions.


- That the deceased’s Will is valid
- That there are no more than four bank or building society accounts
- That there is only one property
- That there are no more than four beneficiaries
- That there are no disputes between beneficiaries or claims against the estate
- That there is no Inheritance Tax payable and a full IHT account is not required by the HMR&C

Gross value of estate assets Legal fees (all plus VAT)
Up to £100,000 £950
£100,001 to £200,000 £1,000 to £3,000
£200,001 to £300,000 £3,000 to £5,000
£300,001 to £400,000 £5,000 to £7,000
£400,001 to £500,000 £7,000 to £9,000
£500,001 to £600,000 £8,000 to £9,000
£600,001 to £700,000 £9,000 to £10,500
£700,001 to £800,000 £10,500 to £12,500
£800,001 to £900,000 £12,500 to £13,500
£900,001 to £1,000,000 £13,500 to £15,000
£1,000,001 to £2,000,000 £15,000 to £20,000
Over £2,000,001 To be agreed


The administration of an estate usually involves obtaining the values at death of the deceased’s assets, preparing the application for a Grant of Probate, obtaining the Grant, encashing the assets of the estate, dealing with the payment of any liabilities and distributing the estate to the beneficiaries. There will also be disbursements (payments to third parties) as set out below.


  • Probate Registry application fee of circa £160 plus £TBC for each additional copy required
  • Statutory Notice fees of between £150 and £250
  • Bankruptcy search fee £2 per person
  • ID checks of £6.60 per person plus VAT

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like an initial appointment with one of our lawyers.


Allens Cadge & Gilbert Limited is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA No. 630315)
Allens Cadge & Gilbert is a trading name of Allens Cadge & Gilbert Ltd
Registered in England Company No. 10133039.
Registered office: 2 St Marys Street, Bungay, Suffolk NR35 1AX


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