Probate - Small Estate Services

Our Fees

Administering an Estate can be a complex and stressful process at what is often a very emotional time. We can help with the burden of dealing with the Estate by advising you on, preparing the application and inheritance tax return, and ultimately obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf.  

We anticipate this will take 10 and 15 hours work from £150 per hour.  Total costs are estimated at £1,500 to £2,250 (excludes VAT and disbursements).

This service includes: 

  • Up to a 1 hour consultation with a solicitor or Legal Executive at our offices
  • Where there is no will acting on behalf of a surviving spouse or civil partner or adult children to  obtain the Grant of Probate
  • Where there is a Will acting on behalf of the appointed Executors
  • Obtaining valuations of the assets and liabilities in the Estate as long as there are no more than 15 organisations that we have to contact
  • Arranging payment of funeral costs from one of the Deceased’s bank accounts
  • Checking and putting in place house insurance if necessary (but not the costs of the same which will be deducted from the Estate)
  • Completion of short form Inheritance Tax Return IHT205
  • Drafting the Oath to obtain the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration
  • Meeting at our offices with a Solicitor or Legal Executive to advise you on the Inheritance Tax Return and the Oath and to obtaining your signature thereto
  • Obtaining the Grant of Probate of Grant of Letters of Administration and court sealed copies
  • Collecting in of assets and payment of outstanding liabilities of the estate
  • Distribution of Specific legacies
  • Finalising any income tax /capital gains tax a payable by the estate with HMRC
  • Preparation of Final Estate Accounts for your approval
  • Distribution of the Estate to the residuary beneficiaries

 This service does not include:

  • Where there is no Will and no surviving spouse or adult children
  • Identifying beneficiaries of an intestate Estate
  • Where a long form Inheritance Tax Return IHT400 is necessary
  • Dealing with the sale any property in the Estate – conveyancing cost will be charged separately
  • Potential disputes
  • Variations to the Estate
  • Dealing with the deceased’s business

If it becomes clear at our initial meeting that your matter requires additional work outside this service option then we will advise you of such at the initial meeting and provide you with details of the additional work required and confirmation of the additional charges.


Disbursements which are the 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 and include the following:

  • Probate application fee of £155 plus 50p for every court sealed copy of the Grant that we request
  • Swear of the oath fees - £7 per executor
  • Bankruptcy only Land Charges Department searches - £2 per beneficiary
  • Land Registry fees payable if we transfer a property in the estate to a named beneficiary.  Such fees will be based upon whether the property is registered at the  Land Registry and the value of the property.  Further details will be provided at your initial meeting.

There may be other disbursements including fees for notices in the London Gazette and Local Newspapers that help protect against unexpected claims against the Estate or searches with Certainty to try ascertain whether a Will exists.   If this is necessary we will advise you of such at your initial meeting and provide you with details of the costs.

How Long will my Matter Take?

On average estates that fall into this range are dealt with within 3-5 months.  Typically obtaining the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration takes 8-12 weeks.  Collecting assets then follows which can take between 2-4 weeks.  Once this has been done we can pay the liabilities of the estate prepare the final estate accounts and distribute the assets which normally takes 2-4 weeks.

The Team

Jane Mawer is Head of the Private Client Department.  She has over 15 years experience within this area of law.

Faye Blair is a Solicitor with over eight years experience within the department.  

Jamie Dobbs is a Legal Executive. She is an integral member of the department and has extensive knowledge of this area of law having worked within the department for over 11 years.

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Our Covid-19 Risk Assessment

At Maples Solicitors, our top priority is keeping staff and clients safe during Covid-19. 

We are working tirelessly to make our offices, meeting rooms, and communal spaces safe for everyone. These measures include social distance meeting for everyone and handwashing stations throughout the building. Phone or video call appointments are also available for those who do not feel safe leaving their homes.

You can read our Risk Assessment below, and if you have any question or concerns, please contact us at or 01775 722261 

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Jamie Dobbs SCILEx

"I should like to take this opportunity to express my very sincere and grateful thanks for Jamie's unfailing helpfulness and efficiency in all aspects of the handling of my late stepmother's estate. Jamie have always replied to my (many!) queries promptly and comprehensively which has been a enormous help throughout what I know can be a fraught and stressful process. Sadly, it is increasingly rare these days to experience the highs standards of service that Jamie has provided."

Gemma Mayer LLB

"I would highly recommend Maples Solicitors, especially Gemma Mayer, for any conveyancing work. The level of support and professionalism was excellent at all times. I also felt if I needed to ask or clarify anything that it was not an issue. Buying and selling a house is stressful enough, but Gemma helped me through it step by step."

Anita Toal LLB BA

"I think you are brilliant. You can use my comments above. You are efficient, friendly and quite clearly very good at what you do. Mainly you don’t leave people hanging around too long for." "So easy to talk to her and she understood what I wanted. She put me at ease and I cant thank her enough"

James Turner BA

James Turner was extremely helpful with our buying process. Everything went smoothly. We are very happy with the level of professionalism demonstrated by the office. Highly recommended solicitors. Will definitely do business with them again.

Daven Naghen LLB

"Daven provided an excellent service, from attending the first interview with me to the final court appearance. He filled me full of confidence that he would defend me to which he did and come out with an excellent outcome in view of my position that I had put myself in."

Faye Blair LLB

Faye was excellent, sensitive and acted very well to the time constraints we faced. Great service and dealt with compassion at such sad times made the process less painful very professional.

Jamie Dobbs GCILEx

Over the last forty years I have cause to deal with many law firms both in a personal and professional capacity, including some ‘top’ London Companies. In all of those dealings I have never found anyone as proactive and so willing to offer help and advice as Jamie Dobbs. During the last two years Jamie guided my parents through the completion of Lasting Powers of Attorney. Helped myself with the use of the LPA and recently dealing with Probate and Estate Administration following their death.

Mike Pepper MA

Mike Pepper gave us excellent advice. He was always most helpful and accommodating giving lucid explanations every step of the way. Thank you Mike.

Donna Sandison FCILEx

Donna has been helpful and professional every step of the way during the process. Always on hand to answer any queries and totally professional and friendly at all times.