Probate & Administration of Estates

When someone you care about passes away, it can be a distressing time.

Most Estates require a Grant of Representation in order to deal with someone’s affairs. This will be a Grant of Probate if there is a Will, or Letters of Administration where there is no Will (Intestate).

Our Private Client Team can assist with obtaining Grants of Representation and administering Estates.

We can assist and support you as much or as little as you like to guide you through this process, and take the stress out of dealing with this at such a difficult time.

With our wealth of experience in estate planning, drafting of wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA’s), probate and estate administration, our team is on hand to advise and ensure that your final wishes are carried out.


Price transparency: At a glance

Practice Area – Probate (Uncontested)

The CJCH probate team offer personalised service conducted by qualified professionals. Delivering value to our clients is as much a focus for us as delivering quality work. Your matter will always be handled by accredited solicitors and legal executives.

Potential cost associated with a standard matter and overview of the inclusive service

  • The base fee for a standard uncontested probate matter is a flat rate of £795.00 plus VAT to obtain the grant of probate where there is no inheritance tax account required and with all necessary documents readily accessible.
  • For the administration of an estate (provision of additional services) this is billed at an hourly rate of £250.00 plus VAT, and is based on the complexity of the matter and services required. This will be discussed and agreed in advance before the service commences (based on the elements of the estate requirements, e.g. the sale of investments).

The overall costs will be determined by how much work is required, but as a rough guide, smaller estates could be in the region of £2,000 – £3,000 plus VAT. For larger, more complex Estates, or where inheritance tax is payable, costs could be in the region of £5,000 – £8,000 plus VAT.

  • The probate fee charged by the court is £273 plus £1.50 per copy. Estates under £5000.00 pay no fees.
  • Other disbursements could include Land Registry Office Copy Entries and an identification check fee.

When will payments be required?

  • An upfront payment on account is required to secure the initial appointment and the amount will be confirmed on initial contact.
  • We will require money on account for disbursements, such as the Grant of Probate fee.
  • Interim bills will usually be issued at various stages of the process, with the final bill on completion of the administration.

In addition to the services outlined above, CJCH is able to take instruction on contentious probate matters and has extensive experience with providing these services.


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    • Lauren Phillips

      Lauren Phillips

      Lauren joined CJCH in 2023 and is Head of Private Client Services. She is a qualified Solicitor with over 13 years experience running a busy private client department.

      Lauren provides advice in all areas of Private Client services specialising in Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Probate and Estate Administration.

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    • John Moore

      John Moore

      John advises Private Clients in the areas of Wills & Probate, Power of Attorney, Deputyship, and Residential Conveyancing. Although specialising in Private Client services since 2013, he has been with CJCH since 2003, and has been a Qualified Solicitor since 2010.

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