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Charles Russell Speechlys

Private Wealth - Administration of Estates

As an SRA authorised firm we are now required to publish price information in relation to certain typical services described in this page. While we are able to provide indicative figures these do not reflect the complexity or nuances of an individual case and the bespoke service that we provide.

Please always contact us to discuss fees in relation to particular work.

The total cost of the service or, where not practicable, the average cost or range of costs;

Probate work can be very simple or very complex, depending on the assets owned by the deceased, the terms of any will, the family circumstances, etc.  In our experience, no two probates are the same and there is no such thing as a “standard” or “average” probate.  Our fees can range from as little as £2,500 to over £150,000.

The basis for charges, including any hourly rates or fixed fees;

We like to be as clear as possible about our charges and to give you the choice of paying for our services on the basis of either a fixed fee (in cases where we have sufficient information to do this) or hourly rates, and can sometimes agree a capped fee.  When we have enough information, we will give an estimate or agree a fixed fee with you. If there are subsequent complications which mean we have to vary an estimate or fixed fee we will inform you straightaway and would discuss the potential consequences before additional fees are incurred.  Our hourly rates depend on the experience of the members of staff involved, but range between £135 and £650 (plus VAT).

The experience and qualifications of anyone carrying out the work, and of their supervisors;

We have a large team dedicated to probate work and we resource matters efficiently, making use of Paralegal, Legal Executive, Trainee Solicitor, Associate, Senior Associate and Legal Director support where appropriate.  Experience will vary, with our most junior staff having limited probate experience and our senior probate solicitors having more than 25 years’ experience.  All work is supervised by either a senior solicitor or a partner.   Experience and qualifications of the team can be found here.

A description of, and the cost of, any likely disbursements, and where the actual cost of a disbursement is not known, the average cost or range of costs;

Probate fees are £155 if the application is made by us and the estate is worth more than £5,000.  There are proposals to increase the fees and the threshold.

The fees for swearing an executor’s oath are £5 plus £2 for each will and codicil.

If other professionals are involved, for example, to value stocks and shares or real estate, then their fees will vary depending on what the asset is and where it is located.

Whether any fees or disbursements attract VAT and if so the amount of VAT they attract;

Our fees and disbursements attract VAT at the prevailing rate if our client is an EU resident. Currently 20%.

Details of what services are included in the price displayed, including the key stages of the matter and likely timescales for each stage, and details of any services that might reasonably be expected to be included in the price displayed but are not;

Our fee estimates include all work anticipated from the start of the probate process until either the grant of probate or the transfer of assets to those entitled, and we make it clear which basis applies.  Where possible at the outset, we give estimates for all additional advice that may be required (such as taxation, property and other advice, for example in cases of disputes).

Any conditionals fee or damages-based agreements, the circumstances in which clients may have to make any payments themselves for your services (including from any damages).

Not applicable.