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Probate Fees


We are aware that knowing the cost of administering an estate from the outset can greatly ease the role of a personal representative. We aim to provide a personal representative as much certainty of costs as possible before receiving instructions. Below is an overview of the services frequently provided when instructed to apply for a grant of representation in Ireland and likely associated costs. If you have any further questions please contact us.

What services am I charged for?

Each probate matter is unique and the level of support required for each client varies as a result. When we are instructed to assist with extracting a grant of representation to an estate in Ireland, our services generally include:

  • Obtaining initial instructions, reviewing Will/s and providing legal and taxation advice at the outset
  • Preparing legal documents and grant applications to obtain a Grant of Probate or Grant of Letters of Administration
  • Dealing with non-resident beneficiaries and taxation issues
  • Administration of the estate which comprises contacting third parties, collecting in assets, paying any estate liabilities and distributing the estate as per the deceased’s Will or as per the rules of intestacy if no Will is available.
  • Paying capital gains and other tax arising during the administration of an estate.
  • Establishing Will Trusts, including those relating to minors and vulnerable people

Based on your individual circumstances we will advise you on the best option for you. Call us today for one of our specialist solicitors to provide you with an estimate.

How much does it cost?

As each probate instruction differs in terms of the work we are required to do, our costs vary. Where it is not possible to provide a fixed fee for the work required, we will set out the basis of our charge and an estimate where possible. Our fees are charged on an hourly basis and depend on the level of experience required from our staff and the amount of time likely to be spent in bringing a matter to a satisfactory conclusion. Our fees vary from €110 to €375 plus VAT and outlay per hour.

Where we are instructed by non-resident personal representatives, we will require a payment on account to cover expenses and fees incurred pending the issue of a grant.

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Fixed Fee Probate Quotation


For a very straightforward grant application, we can offer competitive fixed fees. However, if the application involves more complex issues, which materialise after receiving instructions (such as a claim made against the estate or the disclosure of additional property), our fee will need to be revised. Any increased fee would be agreed with you in advance.

VAT is currently charged at a rate of 23% in Ireland.

Can I pay legal fees from the estate?


Yes, if you are the administrator or executor of a deceased person, professional fees incurred in relation to estate administration are paid from the estate in priority to all other debts and benefits from the estate. An administrator or executor is also entitled to the reimbursement of expenses incurred in performing the role.

How long does it take to administer an estate?

Each case is individual and can differ in the time it takes to settle. As a very general ‘rule of thumb’ straight forward cases can take anything between 6 to 12 months to conclude. The Probate Office in Dublin can take up to 3 months to process an application. It would not be unusual for high-value estates involving a significant number of assets to take between 12 and 24 months to conclude. Delays in the winding up of an estate can be caused by Probate Office queries (which is very common in Ireland), the time it takes to realise assets and resolve debts and disputes.

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Probate Lawyers Team Profile - Brian Kirwan

Brian Kirwan


Brian qualified as a Solicitor in 2016 and has acquired extensive experience in the area of probate litigation. Brian is particularly experienced in the area of challenging wills in circumstances where a deceased individual has failed in his/her moral duty towards their children.

Probate Lawyers Team Profile - Deirdre Farrell

Deirdre Farrell


Since qualifying as a solicitor in 2012 Deirdre has advised personal representatives and beneficiaries in relation to the administration and distribution of both resident and non-resident estates and related disputes. Deirdre is a tutor on the Law Society of Ireland Probate & Tax PPC 1 course for trainee solicitors.

Probate Lawyers Team Profile - Sharon Scally

Sharon Scally

Founding Partner

Sharon has particular experience advising personal representatives, beneficiaries and trustees in relation to trust and estate disputes with an international aspect. Sharon has been directly involved as adviser in a number of reported High Court cases relating to testamentary capacity and trust issues.

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