Harold G Walker

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Harold G Walker Solicitors

Probate Fees

Probate Fees

As every situation is different, Harold G Walker would highly recommend you to make contact with their probate team for accurate Wills and Probate fees. This will enable them to provide a more accurate estimation of the likely timescales and costs involved.

Where there are more complex estates that involve inheritance tax, disputes, or any other unusual aspects, it is recommended that you call the probate team for a free, no-obligation quote. The hourly fee charged for these matters is the same ( £261 plus £52.20 VAT), but the timescales involved could be longer. Some solicitors charge a % fee based on the value of the estate and the team of probate specialists can discuss the options available to you.

Grant of Probate

Obtaining Grant of Probate where Inheritance Tax is not payable

Harold G Walker’s fee for obtaining a grant of probate, preparing the Oath, and completing the IHT 205 tax form (based on information provided by you) is charged at the fixed fee of £1500.00 plus £300 VAT (£1800). Although this includes Harold G Walker preparing the paperwork, this fee or retainer does not include the administration of the estate or any of the associated issues. Harold G Walker is under no obligation to check the accuracy of any of the information you provide prior to preparing any paperwork.  

Please note that you will also be required to pay £273 to the Probate Registry. It is worth noting that the Probate Registry fee is set to increase in the future and Harold G Walker will endeavor to update their website as soon as information is available. 

Obtaining Grant of Probate where Inheritance Tax is payable

Harold G Walker’s fee for obtaining a grant of probate, preparing the Oath, and completing the IHT 400 accompanying schedule form (based on information provided by you) is charged starting at £2000.00 plus £400 VAT (£2400).

Although this includes Harold G Walker preparing the paperwork, this fee or retainer does not include the administration of the estate or any of the associated issues. Harold G Walker is under no obligation to check the accuracy of any of the information you provide prior to preparing any paperwork.  

Please note that you will also be required to pay £273 to the Probate Registry. It is worth noting that the Probate Registry fee is set to increase in the future and Harold G Walker will endeavor to update their website as soon as information is available. 

Administration of Estate

To administer an estate, Harold G Walker will charge a percentage fee on the value of the estate of between 1.5% to 3% (or a minimum charge of £2,500 plus £500 VAT if 1.5% of the value of the estate is below this) depending on the complexity of the estate.  Please kindly contact us to discuss this further so that we can advise you more fully on the percentage charges that will be applicable to your specific circumstances. 

To apply for a Grant of Probate only  (which means that the Executors deal with administering the estate personally), Harold G Walker will charge from £1,500 plus £300 VAT plus disbursements and these costs will increase if there is Inheritance Tax payable and the Executors need to submit a full account to HMRC. 

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties. Harold G Walker can handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. It is worth noting there are likely to be other disbursements involved with the administration of an estate, for example:

Probate application fee                                  £273.00
Land Registry Bankruptcy search                  £2.00 per person
Post in the London Gazette estimated         From £200 inc. VAT (£166.67 ex. VAT) to £300 inc. VAT ( £250 ex. VAT)
Post in a Local Newspaper estimated           From £200 inc. VAT (£166.67 ex. VAT) to £300 inc. VAT ( £250 ex. VAT)

(In some circumstances, Harold G Walker Solicitors are required to place notices in the London Gazette and local newspapers in order to protect the executors. Whilst their fees vary, you will only pay what the newspapers charge for this service).

Where is the added value in using Harold G Walker?

  • Your friendly and approachable local firm of solicitors
  • Available to talk face-to-face
  • Available to have direct contact with your Lawyer/Solicitor
  • You will only be working with Fully Qualified staff
  • Fully regulated by SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority)
  • Accredited by STEP The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
  • Designated one-key person for continuity of service
For further information or for estimates with Wills & Probate fees, please contact a member of the Probate Team.

Meet the Wills & Probate Team

Gaynor Cooke
Chartered Legal Executive, Partner and Head of Wills & Probate

Qualified since 1999

 01202 692448

Meet the Wills & Probate Team

Nicola Lowe
Solicitor and Managing Partner

Qualified since 2003

 01202 881454