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Probate and Private Client

Kitsons Solicitors - Probate

The loss of a loved one or friend can be a very difficult time. Your focus is on coping with your loss and arranging the funeral.

The collection and distribution of money, property and other assets belonging to a person following their death, where these are within the UK and the matters are not contested;

  • An average charge for this work would be £2,500-£4,500 plus VAT.
  • This estimate is just an average price based on recent instructions; the actual cost to you will depend on a number of factors which we will discuss with you if you decide to instruct us.
  • The charge is based on our average hourly charging-rate of £185 per hour plus VAT. We reserve the right to charge a percentage uplift based on the value of the estate, which would be additional to the hourly time charge. This additional percentage charge is in line with Law Society costs guidelines.
  • There will be costs on top of our fees, known as disbursements. These are fees and charges we will need to pay on your behalf as part of the process, such as Probate Registry fees, oath swearing fees, creditor advertisements etc.
  • Probate registry fees are £155, oath swearing fees £7, bankruptcy searches per beneficiary £2, AML verification admin fee is £12 per person and Trustee Act notices around £185 including VAT where relevant.

Our costs are based on the assumption that the estate is relatively simple, all based in the UK and that there are few, if any, assets that would complicate the process or lengthen our time estimates.

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We understand the stress and emotion surrounding a recent bereavement.

The work we will carry out will involve:

  •  Ascertain the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries.
  • Applying for a grant of probate or letters of administration, including preparing HMRC forms (approximately 3-4 weeks from receiving initial asset information)
  • Obtaining the Grant of Probate and securely providing copies to you (approximately 2-3 months from receiving initial details of the estate assets)
  • Ascertaining and collecting in the assets comprised in the estate (approximately one month after receiving the Grant of Probate)
  • Ascertaining and paying any liabilities on the estate (approximately 2-3 weeks thereafter)
  • Deciding upon and executing distributions of the estate in accordance with the will or intestacy rules (approximately one month thereafter)
  • Obviously, our fees do not include any external costs and charges that we may incur as part of the administration (e.g. tax, penalties, repayable benefits, fees and charges). You will also be responsible for these items on behalf of the estate.

We would stress that the average costs and timescales outlined above apply to relatively simple estates (with UK only assets), which are not liable for inheritance tax.

We regularly deal with estates containing foreign (non UK based) assets. As those estates can be complex and time intensive we cannot provide you with an initial costs estimate and timescales for completing the work until we know what the assets are and where they are based.


We can also help you with:

  • Wills & Estate Planning
  • Powers of Attorney & Mental Capacity
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Tax Advisory
  • Inheritance & Trust Disputes

Your probate and private client team are...

Gemma FraserLegal Support Assistant

Gemma is a Legal Support Assistant in our Private Client team

Tiffany LaitParalegal

Tiffany is a Paralegal in our Private Client team

Jonathan DicksonPartner and Head of Trusts, Tax and Succession

Jonathan is a Private Client Partner, Taxation Technician & Chartered Tax Advisor

Kitsons Solicitors - Charlie Siegle

Charlie SieglePartner and Head of Probate and Estate Planning

Charlie is a Partner and Head of our Private Client team in Exeter

Kitsons Solicitors - Lynn Smith

Lynn SmithConsultant Solicitor

Lynn is a Consultant Solicitor

Kitsons Solicitors - Marjorie Creek

Marjorie CreekPartner and Head of Health, Social and Elderly Care

Marjorie is an Partner in our Private Client team and previously a registered nurse

Kitsons Solicitors - Rebecca Farley

Rebecca FarleyAssociate

Rebecca Farley practices in probate, wills and estate & tax planning and powers of attorney

Carly JefferySolicitor

Carly is a Solicitor in our Private Client team in Plymouth

Kitsons Solicitors - Carole Nesbitt

Carole NesbittLegal Assistant

Carole is a Legal Assistant in our Private Client team

Kitsons Solicitors - Zoe Phillips

Zoe PhillipsLegal Assistant

Zoe is a Legal Assistant in our Private Client team

Kitsons Solicitors - Annette Dayman

Annette DaymanLegal Support Assistant

Annette is a Personal Assistant to Private Client Partner, Jonathan Dickson

Kitsons Solicitors - Catherine Faulkner

Catherine FaulknerPersonal Assistant

Catherine is a Personal Assistant in the Private Client department

Kitsons Solicitors - Rachel Green

Rachel BowdenLegal Secretary

Rachel is a Legal Secretary in our Private Client team

Kitsons Solicitors - Katie Potts

Katie RohlederLegal Assistant

Katie is a Legal Assistant in our Private Client team

Kitsons Solicitors - Janet Savin

Janet SavinLegal Secretary

Janet is a Legal Secretary in our Private Client team

Kitsons Solicitors - Alison Williams

Alison WilliamsLegal Secretary

Alison is a Legal Secretary in our Private Client team

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