Our Prices for Probate

Our price depends upon a number of factors including whether or not Inheritance Tax is payable; whether the simple form of HMRC Account (IHT 205) can be used or whether a full Account (IHT 400) is required; whether we need to make a claim to HMRC for the main residence nil-rate band or whether we will have to apply to HMRC to transfer the nil-rate band or main residence nil-rate band from the estate of a deceased spouse.


These variables are taken into account in our pricing to ensure that we remain competitive and that our prices fairly reflect the work involved.


We are always happy to provide a bespoke fee estimate free of charge which can be requested by calling us on 01442 890111 or by emailing us at info@matthewwaite.com. We will usually send you a simple form of questionnaire to complete and return which should give us the information we need to enable us to provide an accurate fee estimate.


Unlike some, we do not aim to be the cheapest since, in our experience, this usually results in compromises to the quality and efficiency of the service. We firmly believe that our prices represent good value for money and ensure that we are able to offer the service our clients have come to expect.

Our standard prices are set out below. Please note that all prices are exclusive of VAT and disbursements - i.e. payments made to others on your behalf such as court fees and Inheritance Tax. We reserve the right to increase our standard price if the matter becomes unusually time-consuming or complex or, of course, if the nature of our instructions changes - e.g. if you ask us to carry out additional work.



• £1,250 for for obtaining a grant of probate where no Inheritance Tax is payable and the simple form of HMRC Account (IHT 205) can be used.

• £2,950 for obtaining a grant of probate where either Inheritance Tax is payable or for any other reason the full form of HMRC Account (IHT 400) has to be used.

These fees include all work required to obtain the grant of representation to include completing the relevant HMRC Account; completing the required oath and incidental correspondence with you; HMRC and the court as appropriate. Meetings with you will be charged on a time basis at an hourly rate, details of which will be provided to you.

Additional fees

• £475 for applying for the deceased’s main residence nil-rate band.

• £475 for applying to transfer the nil-rate band from the estate of a deceased spouse.

• £475 for applying to transfer the main residence nil-rate band from the estate of a deceased spouse.


• Further work such as realising the estate assets (closing bank accounts; selling shares etc) or settling debts and accounting to beneficiaries once the administration is complete will be charged according to the amount of time spent at an hourly rate depending on the status of the person dealing with the matter – the relevant hourly rates will be provided to you together with a fee estimate in the event that you ask us to carry out any additional work after the grant of representation is obtained. As each estate differs from another (for example the number of bank accounts; the number of individual shareholdings etc), it is not possible to provide for a standard fixed fee.

Matthew Waite & Co is the trading name of Legal & Property Limited whose registered office address is Ariel House, Frogmore Street, Tring, Hertfordshire, HP23 5AU Company Registration Number 06398017. 


Legal & Property Limited is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority – SRA Number 471942.


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