Probate Costs

At Moseley Chapman & Skemp Solicitors, we provide an efficient Probate Service to clients in Sutton Coldfield, across the West Midlands and nationally. Our team consists of 3 legally qualified members ( plus support staff) with many years experience. We specialise in high value Estates and Inheritance Tax. We can provide home visits within the West Midlands by appointment if needed. The firm has the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme accreditation.

probate costs

An outline of our costs is set out below, and is dependent on the following: –

  • Size of the Estate
  • Complexity of the Estate
  • Number of beneficiaries
  • Whether Inheritance Tax is payable
  • Whether there is a valid Will or whether it is an Intestacy
  • Any other relevant matters such as the death of an executor, problems locating beneficiaries, disputes between executors, no original Will located, whether the Estate has a share holding.


A more detailed cost estimate can be provided once further details are provided.

Key Stages

  1. Taking initial instructions and ascertaining the value of all assets and liabilities of the Estate.
  2. Accounting to HMRC by completing the relevant HMRC account and preparing the application for the Grant of Representation if necessary.
  3. Once the Grant of Representation has been obtained, assets are collected in and liabilities are settled. The Estate is distributed in accordance with a Will or the Intestacy rules.

Our team has over 20 years of collective experience in delivering high quality work in all matters relating to wills and estate administration. They have particular expertise in high value complex estates and inheritance tax matters.

We have three members of the team who may work on your matter. Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by Juliette Taylor, Director and Head of Probate and Estate administration.

Juliette Taylor – Director & Solicitor

Juliette is the head of our team and has more than 8 years’ experience in private client work, specialising in Probate. Juliette has been working at Moseley Chapman & Skemp for 7 years in the Probate department and has helped many families and individuals.

Juliette qualified as a solicitor in 1998 and completed her training contract and has worked at different firms before moving on to join our firm in 2014. She became a Director in 2014.

Juliette has also completed several professional development courses in Probate and Estate administration.

Paulette Thompson qualified as a Solicitor in 2007 and previously worked at Silks Solicitors. She has over 2 years Probate experience having previously worked in Conveyancing and this experience helps with Probate sales. She became a Director in 2015.

Danny Taylor is a Consultant Chartered Legal Executive who has in excess of 10 years post qualification experience. He qualified in 2005 and has worked at different law firms for over 30 years joining as a Consultant here in 2017. Danny specialises in Wills, Powers of Attorney and Deputyship applications as well as Probate.

All Probate work is carried out at a charge out rate of £220.

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Our Fees

Obtaining a Grant of Probate only in a straightforward Estate where a simple HMRC account is required. This will take between 3 and 6 months (the Executors will have valued the Estate and will collect in the assets) From £750 + VAT
Obtaining a Grant of Probate and administering an Estate where there is no Inheritance Tax to pay and there is a valid Will. This will take between 4 and 12 months approximately. £1,550 – £5,000 + VAT
Obtaining a Grant of Representation and administering an Estate where there is no Inheritance Tax to pay and there is no valid Will. £1,550 – £7,000 + VAT
Obtaining a Grant of Probate and administering an Estate where there is Inheritance Tax to pay and a full Inheritance Tax Return is required. This can take between 9 months to 24 months approximately. £4,000 – £20,000 + VAT
VAT is charged @20% of the costs raised.

Administration Disbursements

These are payments to third parties. We will tell you about any additional disbursements if they arise and we will agree these with you in advance. 

Bankruptcy Searches £2.00 Per Person
Advertisement in Local and National newspaper for any creditors of the Estate that may not be known (cost dependent on publication) Approximately £200 + VAT
Office copy from Land Registry to check property ownership £3.00
Current Probate Registry application fee £155 (plus £1.50 per additional copy)
Will Search £195 + VAT

Additional Disbursements that can affect costs

Missing Beneficiary insurance (if Beneficiary cannot be traced) TBA
File retrieval fee (once file is stored) £25.00
I.D Verification and money laundering fee £10.00 + VAT Per Person
Registration of Transfer of Property dependant on property and beneficiaries TBA