Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets

Cost Information

The exact costs in administering an estate will depend on the individual circumstances and vary depending on the value and complexity of the estate, the number of assets and liabilities and the number and type of beneficiaries. No estate is the same, and so it is very difficult to accurately predict costs. For example, if there is only one beneficiary and no property, the costs will be lower than if there were several beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts. For this reason, we ask that you contact us so that we ascertain full details of the estate and advise you of the scope of work required. By way of an example, below is an estimate of costs for dealing with the full administration of an uncontested estate with the following variables: –

• There is a valid Will with no Codicils and WBW Partners are not Executors
• There is no more than one property
• There is no more than one bank or building society account
• There are no other intangible assets
• There are no more than two beneficiaries and both are living in the UK.
• There are no disputes between beneficiaries and / Executors. If disputes arise this will lead to an increase in costs
• There is no inheritance tax payable and the Executors are submitting an Inheritance Tax Form 205 to HMRC.
• There are no claims made against the estate
• There are no foreign assets

Type of Cost Cost VAT*
WBW Solicitors Legal Fees
Hourly rates between £110 – £300 per hour depending on the legal expert providing the service
£1,450 – £4,550 Yes
Probate application fee
£155.00 No
Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (per beneficiary) £2.00 Yes
ID Verification Search (per Executor) £5.00 Yes
Land Registry Office Copy Entries £3.00 Yes
Special Postage for Grant Application £7.00 No
Further Recommended Searches    
Landmark Financial Assets Search – This searches for dormant or unknown assets Approximately £135 Yes
Post in the London Gazette and Local Newspaper – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors Approximately £200 Yes
Certainty Will Search – This protects the Executors from the possibility that there is a more recent Will Between £30 – £100 Yes
Estimated Total Cost Between £1,988 – £5,023 + VAT  
Our legal fee if we are to deal with only obtaining the Grant of Probate (disbursements will be applicable as above). From £850 + VAT  
*VAT is charged at 20% on Services and Disbursements.

Service Information

Our factsheet which is available here, provides information on the likely key stages undertaken and an estimate of the timescales.

Any services not included in the price that you might reasonably be expected to pay for Estimated Cost VAT*
1. Additional copies of the grant (if required, usually one per asset). £1.50 No
2. Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included in the price. See Conveyancing Costs Yes
3. If there is no Will or the estate consists of any share holdings (stocks and bonds) there is likely to be additional costs that could range 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.    
4. Preparing tax returns and dealing with all taxation issues. We can give you a more accurate quote once we have more information.    
*VAT is charged at 20% on Services and Disbursements.

Legal Terminology and Definitions
Disbursements – Costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the probate application fee. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Please note that the estimated costs quotation above is based upon the variables mentioned above. It may be that not all of the steps listed are necessary to be carried out. An administration requiring all of these steps will not therefore comply with the variables and costs will need to be amended as necessary.

Personnel Information

Private Charging Rates, Experience and Qualifications
If we do not work for you under the terms of a Legal Aid Certificate or Contingency Fee Agreement basis or fixed fee matter, we will charge you with the following schedule of fees, all charges listed below are subject to VAT. VAT is charged at 20% on Services and Disbursements.

Fee Earner Status Hourly Rate Qualifications
Head of Department – Catherine Causey Partner 250 Solicitor; Full Member of STEP
Amy Read Partner 250 Solicitor; ACTAPS; Full member of SFE
Miriam Saxl Partner 250 Solicitor
Victoria Smyth Partner 250 Solicitor
Susannah Bower Partner 250 Solicitor; Full Member of STEP
Laura Brutti Partner 250 Full Member of STEP
Matthew Cooper Partner 250 Solicitor
Paul Watkins Partner 250 LLB Law; Solicitor; STEP
Victoria Emmett Partner 250 LLB Law – 2:1; Solicitor
Will Vine Partner 250 Solicitor
Natalie Bowers Associate 215 Solicitor
Stephen Craig Associate 215 Associate Member of ILEX
Emma Davey Associate 230 Fellow Legal Executive; Solicitor; Full member of STEP
Donna Rowland Associate 230 Solicitor; Student Member of STEP
Caroline Maunder Associate 220 Solicitor; Solicitors for the Elderly
Helen Goodwin Associate 220 Chartered Legal Executive; Solicitors for the Elderly; Associate member of STEP
Lisa Stanton Associate 220 Chartered Legal Executive
Lucy Steven Associate 220 Solicitor
Tracey Martin Associate 220 Solicitor; STEP; Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE)
John Whiting Senior Solicitor 230 Solicitor
Catherine Hegarty Solicitor 215 Solicitor
Karen Denham Solicitor 215 Solicitor; Affiliate Member of STEP
Liz Heron Solicitor 215 MA Law (Oxon) 2:1; LPC; Solicitor
Natalie Tonkins Solicitor 195 LLB Law; Solicitor
Penny Jenner Solicitor 215 English Degree; DIP Law; Solicitor; Full member of STEP
Penny Wood Solicitor 185 Solicitor; Affiliate Member of STEP
Robert Mitchell Solicitor 215 MA (Oxon); Solicitor
Tracey Granger Chartered Legal Executive 195 Chartered Legal Executive
Roxanne Turner Chartered Legal Executive 215 Fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
Karen Woodbridge Chartered Legal Executive 195 Chartered Legal Executive
Portia Woodhouse Chartered Legal Executive 215 Chartered Legal Executive
Melissa Down Chartered Legal Executive 215 Chartered Legal Executive
Jacqui Neate Graduate Member of CILEX 170-180  
Stephen Toft Senior Private Client Advisor 195 Full Member of STEP
Billie Richards Tax and Trust Administrator 195 Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT)
Tanya Jegorovskaja Tax and Trust Administrator 130 Student of Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT)
Peter Richards Litigation Advisor 190 LLB; LLM Gen.; BPTC
Fiona Luscombe Notary 220 Solicitor; Notary
Kathryn Boyes Private Client Advisor 180 Affiliate Member of STEP
Jane Porritt Private Client Advisor 195 LLB; Solicitors for the Elderly
Emma Oakley Private Client Advisor 180 CILEX Level 3
Amanda Angus Legal Assistant 120
Amber Jennings Legal Assistant 120 Currently studying CILEX
Chris Woolmington Legal Assistant 120
Rachel Worthington Legal Assistant 120 – 130  
Penny Tomlinson Legal Assistant 120 Currently studying CILEX
Shana Broaders Trainee Solicitor 150 BSc Graduate Diploma in Law; Lpc Llm
Kerri Hyland Paralegal 120
Malcolm Emery Consultant 300