Probate, Wills & Trusts

It is all about end-of-life plans.   

Just because it is essential to have such plans, it does not make it easier to talk about them.    

However, the conversation can become more bearable if you think you’d be easing what could have been a hefty burden on your loved ones. And Robertsons Solicitors are here to help you navigate.

Simply having a Will may not be enough.   The Wills, Probate and Trusts division of Robertsons Solicitors has been helping people for years with comprehensive estate plans that protect their wishes and safeguard their legacies.   Let us help you organize your affairs to ensure financial security, not only for you but also for your heirs.

We believe in keeping things simple. Yes, probate issues can be complicated, but we will help you with clear, straightforward, and wise advice and support as we plan for the future.   Contact us for your specialist legal advice concerning Wills, Power of Attorney, Estate and Probate planning.

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At Robertsons, we take immense pride in the wealth of experience and expertise that our Probate department possesses. Our team of dedicated professionals has accumulated years of knowledge and skills in the field of probate, making us a trusted and reliable partner for all your probate-related needs.

Our commitment to excellence is evident in the extensive backgrounds and qualifications of our team members. Each member of our Probate department has undergone rigorous training and education to ensure that they are well-equipped to handle even the most complex probate matters. They stay up-to-date with the latest legal developments and have a deep understanding of the ever-evolving probate laws and regulations.

Dealing with probate can be a complex and difficult process.  We can help you through this process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf. We will also undertake the collecting and distributing of assets. Our prices are based on property and assets in the UK.

How much does this service cost?

At Robertsons we like to meet with our clients so that we can provide them with accurate quotes having regard to all the issues. Our fees are charged on a time spent basis subject to a minimum fee of £1,500 + VAT and disbursements. For example, the hourly rate for a Senior Probate solicitor is £225 + VAT.

VAT is currently at the rate of 20%.


TOTAL:  £2,000 (+ VAT)

This includes: obtaining the grant, collecting assets and distributing them.

This fee relates to a simple estate containing the following:

  • A property;
  • 2 or 3 bank accounts;
  • 1 or 2 shareholdings;
  • One/two executors and one/two beneficiaries.

Breakdown of costs:

Legal fees - £2,000

VAT on legal fees - £400

Disbursements (information below) - £600 approximately


Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.  Some disbursements incur VAT as shown below:

  • Probate Registry fee of £155 plus £1.50 per copy;
  • Bankruptcy only Land Charges Department searches (£2 + VAT per beneficiary);
  • Advert in the London Gazette and a local newspaper circulating in the area the deceased resided—protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors - £250;
  • Estate Research Lost/Unclaimed Asset Search - £155 + VAT.

As part of our fee we will:

  • Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate solicitor to work on your matter;
  • Identify the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries;
  • Accurately identify the type of application you will require;
  • Obtain the relevant documents required to make the application;
  • Prepare and complete the Application and the relevant HMRC forms;
  • Make the application to the Probate Registry on your behalf;
  • Obtain the Grant of Representation and send copies to you;
  • Collect and distribute all assets in the estate.


On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6-9 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 8-12 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take 4-6 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally take 3-4 weeks. Selling a property in an estate may increase the timescales dependent on how long the property takes to sell.

There are times where additional assets or liabilities can surface and we therefore reserve the right to revise our fee should there be reason to do so. Any fee adjustments will be discussed with you.

Please note the example fee does not include the following:

  • Preparing and filing tax returns for the administration period and to date of death;
  • Taxable estates or where form IHT400 needs to be completed and filed at HM Revenue and Customs;
  • Foreign assets;
  • Domicile status and complications;
  • Administering and setting up trusts;
  • Claims made by the Department of Work and Pensions;
  • Resolving conflicts between beneficiaries and/or executors;
  • Insolvent estates;
  • The preparation of Deeds of Variation;
  • Locating missing Wills/beneficiaries; and
  • Conveyancing fee in respect to the transfer or sale of the deceased’s property.

We offer a service for circumstances where the Personal Representatives/Executors of an Estate do not wish to instruct us to deal with the “entire” administration of the Estate. However, they feel that professional guidance and assistance in respect to the preparation and submission of the Grant of Representation application is required. We therefore offer a “fixed fee” price for dealing with a Grant of Representation application only.

This service relies on information provided by the Personal Representatives/Executors in connection with the assets and liabilities of the Estate. The date of death figures provided by you with enable us to prepare the documentation for the Grant of Representation application. Once the Grant of Representation is received by us, we will submit the same to you to deal with the encashment/closure of the accounts associated with the Estate, and the subsequent distribution in accordance with the terms of the Will or Rules of Intestacy. Any additional work or assistance that is required will be priced separately.

Our fixed fee price for a Grant of Representation application only is £600 + VAT plus disbursements as outlined below:

  • Probate Registry application fee - £155
  • Copies of the Grant of Representation - £1.50 per copy

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