CHARGES - PROBATE (Uncontested)

Applying for the Grant, collecting and distributing the assets

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, costs will be at the higher end.

We anticipate this could take between 10 and 40 hours work at £180 to £290 per hour plus VAT (hourly rates vary depending on which fee earner handles the matter and the level of expertise required). Total legal charges are estimated at £1,800 to £11,600 plus VAT

We will handle the full process for you. This quote is for estates where:

  • There is a valid will
  • There is no more than one property
  • There are no more than 5 bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are up to 4 beneficiaries
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs
  • There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC
  • There are no claims made against the estate
Disbursements are not included in this fee and are as follows:
  • Probate application fee of £155
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)
  • Post in The London Gazette and local paper – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors, if requested by you – up to £250

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Potential additional costs

  • If there is no Will or the estate consists of any share holdings (stocks and bonds) there are likely to be additional costs that could vary significantly depending on the estate and how it is to be dealt with. We can give you a more accurate quote once we have more information.
  • If any additional copies of the Grant of Probate are required, they will cost 50p per sealed copy.
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.

How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 9 to 12 months. Typically, obtaining the Grant of Probate takes 3 to 6 months. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 3 to 6 months. Liabilities must be settled e.g. the funeral account, any income tax due to the date of death. Once this has been done and all outstanding matters have been resolved, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 2 to 4 weeks.

Our team:

Martyn Carr – Senior Partner and Solicitor

Martyn qualified as a solicitor in 1982 having obtained a 2:1 Law Degree from Cardiff University in 1979 and is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. He jointed Sparlings in 1980 as a Trainee and has worked in this area of the Law ever since. Martyn was previously the head of our team and is particularly skilled at dealing with complex estate matters, having dealt with over one thousand estates since he qualified.

Laura Gajewska – Solicitor

Laura is the head of our team and has 5 years' experience in private client work. Laura qualified as a solicitor in November 2009. She attended the University of Exeter where she obtained a Law Degree in 2004 and subsequently attended the University of the West of England in 2006 where she undertook the Legal Practice Course with Merit. She completed her training contract at a High Street Firm in Buckinghamshire and worked at a regional firm before moving on to join our firm in 2015. She became the head of our team in September 2018. Laura specialised in this area 5 years ago and has dealt with more than a hundred probate matters of varying complexity.

Steven Adcock-Jones – Solicitor

Steve graduated from the University of Wales Aberystwyth with a 2:1 Degree in Law in 2007. He subsequently obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Inns of Court School of Law (now City Law School) graded Very Competent in 2008, before undertaking the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test with the College of Law in 2011. Steve qualified as a solicitor in 2012 and has over 7 years’ experience in this area. He has dealt with hundreds of probate matters and is familiar with dealing with a wide range of probate matters, including those that are more complex.

Lisa Montgomerie – Solicitor & Notary Public

Lisa attended Sheffield Hallam University and obtained a Law Degree in 2003. She subsequently attended the College of Law where she undertook the Legal Practice Course in 2004. Lisa completed her Training Contract at Wade & Davies in Great Dunmow from 2005 to 2007 and qualified as a Solicitor in October 2007. She then went on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Notarial Practice and was admitted as a Notary Public in January 2009. Lisa joined our firm in August 2017 and has 11 years’ experience in Probate work. She has dealt with more than one hundred probate matters of varying complexity since she qualified.

Katrina Sharman – Solicitor

Katrina also has a Law Degree and has 15 years’ experience in this area since she qualified as a Solicitor. She has dealt with hundreds of probate cases of varying complexity and deals with all areas of Private Client work except for the Court of Protection.

Harriet Frost – Solicitor

Harriet has a Law Degree and subsequently undertook the Legal Practice Course. She qualified as a solicitor in 2014 and joined our firm in June 2018 having previously worked at another local firm. She has 5 years’ experience in Probate work and has dealt with more than one hundred probate matters of varying complexity.

Tom Matthews – Private Client Executive

Tom started his career in the trust and tax department of a major UK bank in 1985. Tom qualified as an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (ACIB) in 1995 and as a Registered Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) in 1996. He joined the private client department of a leading City of London firm of solicitors in 1998 and has worked in Colchester since 2003. He has administered hundreds of probate matters and these range from simple to fairly complex estates. Almost of Tom’s time at this firm is spent on UK probate matters.

Sarah Ward – Private Client Executive

Sarah is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives with over 10 years’ experience in private client work. She has dealt with in the region of one hundred and fifty probate matters of varying complexity.

Nichola Scillitoe – Probate Executive

Nichola is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives with more than 5 years’ experience in private client work. She has assisted on more than one hundred probate matters and now manages her own caseload of varying private client work.

Josh Price – Private Client Executive

Josh qualified as an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2014 having previously completed a Law Degree. He joined our firm in February 2019 after working at another local firm. He has over 4 years’ experience in this area and has assisted on numerous probate matters. He now manages a caseload which includes probate matters and is keen to build on his experience. He wishes to become a Chartered Legal Executive in the future.