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.
For example, between 20 and 25 hours’ of a solicitor’s time is required to fully administer a valid simple Will and distribute assets to a beneficiaries. Our fees for extracting a grant of probate and administering an estate according to the terms of a will would range between €4,500 and €6,000 depending on the value of the estate to reflect assumed risk.
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 offer a fixed fee of €1,750 plus VAT and disbursements. 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 may 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.
Please note the above figures are for informational purposes only. If we are instructed on any matter, our letter of engagement and terms of business will set out the basis of our fees (whether fixed or estimated & hourly) in accordance with Legal Services Regulatory Authority requirements and guidance.