Probate (Estate Administration)

Dealing with bereavement can be very stressful and difficult. Which is why our experienced and approachable team will cater for all your needs whether for an estate worth under £325,000, or a multi-million pound estate with business assets, farm land, and family trust arrangements. We will also, if required, negotiate and settle inheritance tax claims with the Inland Revenue.

Thank you so much for the caring way in which you have administered Mum's estate. We have all appreciated your advice, your sensitivity and your friendliness at a difficult time.

Main Services

  • Estate Administration
  • Advice on Contested Wills
  • Resealing of Foreign grants
  • Post Death Tax Planning (Deeds of Variation)

We offer home visits to the elderly, infirm and disabled and can provide large print leaflets on request.

Probates under £325,000

The obtaining of a grant of probate can be a time consuming and stressful task. It involves personal attendance at Court and higher court fees are payable on a personal application. Birkett Long Solicitors offers a service whereby we will prepare the papers to lead to a grant of probate and make application to the Court on your behalf.

For an estate worth under £325,000 the costs involved are:


Birkett Long Solicitors' fee£795.00
VAT @ 20%£159.00
Probate Court fee (to include 5 office copies of the grant)£157.50
Commissioner's fee on your swearing the papers£7.00


The fees quoted above are for obtaining the grant of probate only and do not include acting in the full administration of the estate.

Please note we shall require sight of the original Will and death certificate, and the executors will be required to produce identification to comply with money laundering regulations.

If you would like our team to deal with the grant of probate, please contact our Probate team.

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Lead Contacts

Bruce Ballard
01206 217327
Caroline Dowding
Partner, Head of Wills, Trusts & Probate, Colchester
01206 217394
Claire Read
Partner, Wills, Trusts and Probate - Chelmsford
01245 453835

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