Grant of Probate/Letters of Administration only- Estate over £325,000

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Costs and Service Information – Uncontested Probate (with all assets in the UK)

Please note that there will be two elements to the prices as set out below:

  1. Fees charged by Burys Solicitors; and
  2. Fees payable to third parties.

Please ensure that you consider both parts of the price information.

All quoted fees include an initial home visit at no extra charge.

Probate Grant Only – Inheritance Tax Payable

We are instructed to obtain a Grant of Probate/Grant of Letters of Administration for an estate that is or is believed to be liable to Inheritance Tax (estate is worth more than
£325,000.00) or which otherwise requires the submission of a full HMRC Account.

Fees charged by Burys Solicitors

Our legal fee is £1,200 + VAT (£1,440 inclusive of VAT)

Fees payable to third parties (‘Disbursements’)

Fee
Probate Registry’s fee
Probate Registry’s fee for extra copies

Actual fee
£155.00
£0.50 per copy

VAT
£0.00
£0.00

Our fees will include the following work:

  • Preparing a Statement of Truth for the Probate Registry.
  • Preparing an IHT400 for HMRC which will involve calculating the extent of the estate’s liability to inheritance tax.
  • Collecting monies for payment of the calculated liability to inheritance tax to HMRC.
  • Filing IHT421 with HMRC to obtain its acknowledgement of receipt of our form IHT 400 and its permission to apply for a Grant of Probate/Grant of Letters of
    Administration.
  • Liaising with or dealing with any resulting queries from HMRC as to the submitted inheritance tax valuations of assets or of liabilities supplied to us.

Our fees do not include:

  • Attending Inquests or liaising with the Coroner’s Service.
  • Arranging funerals or funerary services.
  • Authenticating or dealing with any problems arising from the form or content of any Will or Codicil with the Will (where the original is lost, destroyed, defaced or
    incomplete, or otherwise in a physical state giving rise to further query or investigation by the probate registry).
  • Liaising with asset holders on your behalf or verifying your identity to third parties.
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate.
  • Arranging any insurances for any property.
  • Collecting in assets, closing accounts or discharging any liabilities of the estate.
  • Arbitrating or mediating disputes between beneficiaries.
  • Dealing with any claim or claims made against the estate (whether made by any third-party creditor or by any beneficiary or any claimant whether named in the Will or
    entitled by reason of the application of the rules of intestacy or otherwise).
  • Joining issue or engaging in any pre-action dispute with HMRC as to the basis of calculation of any past current or future liability to inheritance tax, capital gains tax,
    income tax or any other taxes triggered by the envisaged application for probate.

Timescales

We aim to submit the application for probate within six months of receipt of your instructions but this timescale may of course have to be reviewed depending on:

  • The size or complexity of the estate portfolio
  • Any challenge of our efforts arising from any query, investigation or dialogue with HMRC

The Probate Registry typically take a maximum of 15 working days from its receipt of our HMRC endorsed application to issue the Grant.

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