Probate & Estate Administration

An understanding helping hand when you need it most, flexibly provided in just the way you prefer.

  • Taking away that daunting feeling through high quality advice
  • Dedicated experts with extensive experience
  • Total clarity on costs from the outset

Probate - Grant Only

This service is where you would like to instruct HCB to obtain the Grant of Probate only and afterwards, you would deal with the administration of the estate. This is dealt with on a fixed fee basis.

Grant Only – Fixed Fee

- £1,000.00 plus VAT

HCB can assist in solely obtaining the Grant of Representation to the estate. In order to do this, we will require you to provide us with all the necessary details of the assets and liabilities of the estate, as at the date of death, to prepare the  Probate Application papers.

What does this cost include?:

  • Draft the paperwork required to apply for a Grant of Probate 
  • Attend on you to sign the Probate and Tax papers
  • Advise you regarding your personal liability as an executor and take steps to mitigate your exposure to risk; implement searches/checks, as required or as instructed by you.
  • Apply to the Probate Registry for a Grant of Probate/Letters of Administration

Timescales – Grant only

On an average grant only probate matter the overall timescale, from initial instruction to issue of the Grant, is within a two to four month period and this is if the estate is not complex or if there are no complications found within the estate.

Disbursements – Grant Only

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.

Listed below are the most common disbursements incurred in a probate matter. Some costs and required in all cases, other may not be applicable and other costs may vary depending on other circumstances as listed below.

Some disbursements will be based upon the legal advice given at the time and in addition to our legal fees.




Certainty Will Search


plus VAT@ 20%

Probate Court Fee


 (applications from 01/05/2024)

Further copies of the Grant


per copy

Local Valuers Fee for Valuing Assets


if applicable

Office Copies of Property Title


Per property/ title

Registration of Transfer of Property


dependant on Property/ Properties

Bankruptcy Searches


per beneficiary

Missing Asset Search



Creditors Notices


if applicable

Missing Beneficiary Insurance


May be required if a beneficiary cannot be traced

Money Laundering & ID Verification (Client)


  plus VAT@ 20%. per executor

File storage Fee



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  Depending on Publication

TT Fee (if required)£40.00  plus VAT@ 20%
BACs Fee (if required)£12.50  plus VAT@ 20%
Cheque Postage Fee (if req)£5.00  plus VAT@ 20%

Hourly Rates

The hourly charging rates (excluding VAT) of the lawyers involved in your matter are:


 £260.00 - £290.00

(excluding VAT)

Senior Solicitor

 £260.00 - £270.00

(excluding VAT)

Senior Associate / Senior Paralegal

 £235.00 - £236.00

(excluding VAT)

Associate Solicitor


(excluding VAT)

Legal Executive

 £235.00 - £250.00

(excluding VAT)


 £215.00 - £260.00

(excluding VAT)

Trainee Legal Executive


(excluding VAT)

Legal Assistant


(excluding VAT)



(excluding VAT)


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