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When a person dies, someone has to deal with their affairs. This is called ‘administering the estate’.

If the deceased has left more than £5,000, stocks or shares, a house or land, or certain insurance policies, you will need to get a grant of probate. This is an official document which the executors need to administer the estate.

Obtaining a grant of probate

If the person who has died leaves a will…
If you are named as an executor of a Will you may need to apply for a grant of probate.

If there is no will…
If there is no Will the process is more complicated. An application for a grant of letters of administration will need to be made. The administrator is the person who has the legal right to deal with the affairs of the person who has died.

Contested Probate

In simple terms this means that a Will has been disputed/challenged. Whether it’s a dispute over the division of assets, feuding beneficiaries or you’ve been left out of a Will unfairly you need expert advice.

We act regularly for Executors, Trustees, and disappointed family members in a variety of contested probate cases.


Approx. £600 + VAT for a modest estate

Approx. £1,500 + VAT for a more complex estate

VAT is charged at the standard rate of £20%

Fees are charged on a time spent basis. We shall advise you along the way as to the amount of costs. Chargeable services include meetings with you and perhaps others; any time spent traveling; considering, preparing and working on papers; letters or emails received and sent and making and receiving telephone calls.

Services not included in the prices above involve the services provided by third parties who will charge an additional amount, such as a Barrister or an expert. You will need to pay for an independent solicitor to swear the Oath.

There is a Probate Registry fee payable of £155 for the application and Land Registry searches of approximately £6 if the estate comprises of property/land.

The solicitor dealing with this type of matter is Mrs Jade Hartley, who charges £160 + VAT per hour. The quote provided includes initial meeting to ‘Fact Find’, preparing and submitting the application to the Probate Registry.

Jade qualified as a solicitor in February 2016. Her supervisor is Deborah Hayden-Pawson, who qualified as a solicitor in 1990 and has over 30 years’ experience.