The specialists at Duncan & Toplis provide legal and probate services, such as Wills, Inheritance Tax, Lasting Power of Attorney, and more.


Please note that prices are not inclusive of VAT.

If you have any questions or queries, please contact us.

Grant Only Service - £1,250 plus VAT and court fee

Where no IHT400 is required and no inheritance tax is payable, we can offer a fixed-fee grant-only service.

If you provide us with the necessary information, our expert team will prepare the application to the Probate Registry for you.

Full Estate Administration Service

If you would like us to deal with all aspects of the estate administration, we can do this for you.

The work involved in the administration of an estate can vary significantly from one estate to another. To reflect this, our charges for acting on behalf of the executors or administrators of an estate are based on the time we spend working on the matter.

The table below indicates the likely charges for dealing with the full administration of an estate:

Gross Estate ValueHourly rate estimate range (ex. VAT)
£0 to £300,000 - Band A

£3,000 - £4,500 (Simple)

£3,500 - £5,500 (Average)

£4,000 - £7,000 (Complex)

£300,000 to £650,000 - Band B

£4,500 - £6,500 (Simple)

£5,000 - £7,500 (Average)

£6,000 - £9,000 (Complex)

£650,000 to £1.25m - Band C

£5,000 - £7,500 (Simple)

£6,000 - £9,000 (Average)

£7,500 - £12,000 (Complex)

£1.25m to £2.5m - Band D

£7,500 - £10,000 (Simple)

£9,000 - £13,500 (Average)

£12,000 - £18,000 (Complex)

£2.5m to £5m - Band E

£10,000 - £14,000 (Simple)

£12,500 - £18,000 (Average)

£16,000 - £25,000 (Complex)

£5m to £12m - Band F

£12,500 - £17,000 (Simple)

£15,000 - £22,000 (Average)

£19,500 - £40,000 (Complex)

£12m plus - Band G

Fee quotes provided on a case-by-case basis

An estate will be categorised as simple, average or complex within its value banding after consideration of a number of factors, including, but not limited to:

    1. The number of separate assets and liabilities;
    2. The number of beneficiaries;
    3. Whether there are trusts created or relevant to the estate;
    4. Whether an inheritance tax return needs to be submitted;
    5. Whether Inheritance tax must be paid;
    6. Whether issues with the Will or executors need to be addressed;
    7. Whether taking instructions is straightforward; and
    8. Whether there is any likely dispute.


Hourly fees for our Wills and Probate team


Director£270 plus VAT
Solicitor (more than four years post-qualification experience)£250 plus VAT
Solicitor (less than four years post-qualification experience)£220 plus VAT
Trainee Solicitor/Paralegal/Trainee Legal Executive£125 plus VAT


Duncan & Toplis as executors

Where a Director, Employee, or Company of the Duncan & Toplis Group has been appointed as an executor in the Will, an additional fee calculated by reference to the value of the estate will also usually apply. This fee will be calculated as follows:


 Percentage of value of main residence (ex. VAT)Percentage of value of other assets (ex. VAT)
Up to £500,0000.75%1.50%
£500,000 to £750,0000.50%1.25%
£750,000 - £3m0.33%0.60%
£3m - £6m0.12%0.25%
Above £6m0.10%0.20%
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