Congleton Office : 01260 279414

Macclesfield Office : 01625 429511

Probate and Administration of Estates

If you are appointed as an Executor under a Will or are acting as an Administrator (if the deceased did not leave a will) we can help you in the following ways:

Grant only service

We can obtain the Grant of Representation for you thus enabling you to go ahead with the collection and distribution of the assets in the estate. 
Our fee is £950 plus VAT and disbursements.

Administration of Estates service

In addition to obtaining the Grant, we can undertake the collection and distribution of the assets.
Wains charge a fixed fee of 1.5% of gross value of the Estate plus VAT and disbursements if you are appointed as an Executor or Administrator.
If Wains are appointed as Executors in a Will, we charge a fixed fee of 2% of gross value of the Estate plus VAT and disbursements.
The Administration of Estates service includes the following (as a minimum):

  • Providing you with a dedicated and experienced probate solicitor to work on your matter
  • Identifying the executors or administrators and beneficiaries.
  • Obtaining a valuation of the assets and assessing debts/liabilities of the estate
  • Dealing with HMRC and advising you if Inheritance Tax is due to be paid from the estate
  • Completing the appropriate application for the Grant of Representation and dealing with the HMRC formalities.
  • Collecting and distributing the assets in the estate to the beneficiaries and settling all debts and liabilities.


The Grant only service and the Administration of Estates service will involve the payment of Disbursements.  These are payments made to third parties on your behalf.  These are some examples:

  • £155.00 - Probate court fee for obtaining the Grant
  • £0.50 – for each office copy of the Grant.
  • £5.00 to £7.00 - Commissioner’s fee for swearing the oath (per executor or administrator).
  • Bankruptcy Searches (£2.00 per beneficiary).

In addition and if appropriate, there may also be a requirement to place an advertisement in the London Gazette to find creditors of a deceased estate.  This advertisement costs approximately £150 plus VAT but you will be advised of this by us before the advertisement is placed.
In addition to the Grant only service and the Administration of Estates service, we can assist you in the sale of property in the estate.  Our fees and disbursement for this are available upon request.



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