We offer a fixed fee for applications for Grant of Representation which is limited by the amount of assets in the estate. The price below details what is included and what limitations there are for the service. The grant of representation services include the completion and submission of the relevant forms and other required documentation for taxation as well as the completion and submission of forms for the grant of representation.
The below prices do not include VAT or disbursements
FEE: £650/(+VAT at the current rate of 20%)
With Transfer of Nil-Rate Band
FEE: £895/(+VAT at the current rate of 20%)
FEE: £1,250/(+VAT at the current rate of 20%)
The below is an estimate for administering an estate. Our fees are calculated on an hourly rate and an estimated cost for this service is provided below based on a typical case.
This is an average figure but every case would be looked at individually and quoted for accordingly as it is impossible to give a completely accurate quote without knowledge of the particular circumstances of any case.
The below estimate does not include VAT or disbursements
Hourly Rates are as follows:
Paralegal: £125 (+VAT)
Trainee Solicitor: £133 (+VAT)
Assistant Solicitor (less than 3 years PQE): £175 (+VAT)
Assistant Solicitor (more than 3 years PQE): £201 (+VAT)
Associate Solicitor: £220 (+VAT)
Partner: £230 (+VAT)
Estimated Hours: 25
Estimated Timescale: 8 – 14 months
Complex matters can take considerably longer
Every case is different, to get a bespoke estimate contact us today and we can discuss the specifics of yours. Non taxable estates are likely to be towards the lower end of the costs estimate and taxable estates are likely to be towards the higher end of the costs estimate.
For additional information on Inheritance Tax please visit the gov.uk website:
Please note the following are not included:
Laura Selby is a Partner and Head of Wills and Probate at Harding Evans Solicitors.
Laura completed both her law degree and her postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice at Cardiff University Law School and subsequently qualified as a solicitor in 2008. In 2016 Laura obtained a Diploma in Trusts and Estates from the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and is a full member of STEP. STEP is the global professional association for practitioners who specialise in family inheritance and succession planning. Laura joined Harding Evans in December 2018, taking responsibility for managing Harding Evans’ wills, probate and trust services in the Gwent area.
Laura specialises in preparing and advising on wills, trusts and powers of attorney. She deals with the administration of estates and the administration of trusts. Where appropriate, Laura acts for clients who lack mental capacity either as a Court of Protection appointed Deputy or as their Attorney pursuant to a Lasting Power of Attorney.
Laura always provides an efficient, effective and compassionate service to her clients and is highly-sought after lawyer in her field.
Afonwy completed her Law with Business degree at Portsmouth University before completing her post graduate diploma in Legal Practice at Cardiff University in 2010. Afonwy subsequently qualified as a solicitor in 2014. In 2019 Afonwy obtained a Diploma in Trusts and Estates from the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and is a full member of STEP. STEP is the global professional association for practitioners who specialise in family inheritance and succession planning. Afonwy is also a full accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE.) SFE is a national organisation of solicitors specialising in elderly client law
Afonwy joined Harding Evans in August 2020, and is based in the Whitchurch office where she is responsible for clients in the Cardiff and surrounding areas.
Afonwy specialises in advising clients on tax planning, Wills, Powers of Attorney, and the Administration of Estates and Trusts and has advised Personal Representatives on complex estates including ultra-high net worth and cross border assets.
Part-Time Assistant Solicitor, LLB Hons, LPC
Kayley is a solicitor in the firm and handles a range of will drafting and probates. Kayley also deals with the Office of the Public Guardian and Court of Protection, making applications to the court and assisting clients in preparing lasting powers of attorney
Solicitor, LLB Hons, LPC
Qualified: September, 2019
Georgia is a solicitor in the Wills and Probate department, qualified in September 2019.
Georgia is experienced in taking instructions for and drafting wills, preparing applications to the Office of the Public Guardian for lasting powers of attorney and applications to the Court of Protection. Georgia also deals with all aspects of estate administration, including applications for grants of probate.
Trainee Solicitor, LLB Hons, LPC
Emily joined the Wills & Probate team at Harding Evans in 2019. She is a graduate of Swansea University where she obtained her LLB in 2014 and LPC in 2015.
Her responsibilities include taking instructions for and drafting Wills and preparing applications to the Office of Public Guardian for Lasting Powers of Attorney. She also deals with applications for Grants of Probate and all aspects of Estate Administration.
Emily also assists partner, Laura Selby, with the day-to-day management of files where Laura is appointed as either as a Court of Protection appointed Deputy or as their Attorney pursuant to a Lasting Power of Attorney.
At this stage, we will go through the deceased’s papers and bank statements to establish their assets and liabilities. This can be quite straightforward, however, in some cases, there may be multiple investments, properties, and other personal belongings to consider.
At this stage, we may need to contact banks, lenders, fund managers, pension providers, the local government, the DWP, and HMRC.
Regardless of whether inheritance tax must be paid inheritance tax forms must be completed. One form is used for non-taxable estates, another for taxable estates.
The Executor will complete the related forms as well as any additional schedules to establish the amount of tax payable.
If there is inheritance tax payable on the estate then it must be paid prior to obtaining the grant of probate. Funds can be transferred directly from one of the deceased’s accounts for this if there are sufficient funds.
Once we have assessed the size of the estate we will be able to complete the probate application form by applying to the Probate Registry.
The Executor’s will need to swear an oath at this stage to confirm that the details of the application are correct
At this stage we will pay the applicable probate fees on your behalf. These are fixed regardless of the size of the estate and are detailed above in the disbursements section.
We will collect in the assets of the estate, discharge the liabilities and subsequently distribute the estate in accordance with a Will or the rule of intestacy.