What Are Non-Contentious Probate Fees?
If you have been appointed as an executor of a will and you are faced with dealing with probate, you may have heard the terms contentious and non-contentious probate fees.
Non-Contentious probate is defined as “non-contentious or common form probate business.” This means the business of obtaining probate and administration where there is no contention.
Non-Contentious probate fees should be fair and reasonable and take into account the complexity and skill required to deal with non-contentious work and also the sum of money involved, according the Law Society.
Basically this means that a solicitor is not allowed to charge you a ridiculous sum for straightforward matters, such as putting in an application for probate.
Many solicitors charge by the hour and it is not unusual to pay sums in excess of £300 per hour. Even those who don’t charge by the hour can charge hefty per task fees. With sums of £50 for a phone call and £100 for a letter and higher, costs can soon spiral out of control.
Some solicitors and banks charge based on a percentage of the estate value, therefore costs can be substantial. This is considered unfair when dealing with straightforward matters, for example forwarding documentation to the registry.
You can avoid this by making sure you choose a probate company who calculated their costs based on the amount of work involved. A fixed fee service will agree a fixed sum upfront which includes dealing with non-contentious probate matters. That way you know the exact costs and don’t have to worry that legal fees may spiral out of control.
In addition to the initial application for probate, non-contentious probate fees may include duplicate grant applications, deposit of wills, searches, copy documents, oaths and inspection of wills and determination of costs.
At a time when you are grieving, it can be difficult to get your head round all the legal jargon, let alone understand what you should be charged.
Contact specialist practitioners at IWC to find out more about our fixed probate fees – for complete peace of mind.