Vanessa Bull-Domican – Managing Director
Vanessa founded Blacklaw in 2013 having previously been a partner in a firm in the Thames Valley area. Vanessa primarily focusses her time on Wills & Probate matters and Family matters and has in excess of 9 years’ experience in both disciplines.

Vanessa has an empathetic approach to dealing with probate matters whilst providing full and concise information regarding the probate process.

Vanessa also oversees our Residential Conveyancing team.

Clifford Poole ACCA Affiliate – Accounts Manager
Clifford supports Vanessa in all probate matters using his accounting background to effectively manage and finalise estate accounts.

Costs (Uncontested probate only)
Probate work and estate administration is carried out Vanessa’s hourly rate of £250.00 plus VAT. The cost of obtaining a Grant of Probate is likely to be around £1,500.00 plus VAT, but this   can vary based upon the extent of the work required. The cost of administering an Estate following Probate is likely to be around £1,500.00 – £2500.00 plus VAT, but this may vary greatly  based upon the size of the estate and the number of assets to be realised.

Probate Disbursements
Disbursements are costs related to your case that are payable by us to third parties. These need to be added to our own stated charges plus VAT – see above. The usual disbursements that will apply are as follows:-

Probate application fee of £155.00. The probate registry also charge 50p for each official copy of the Grant they issue. Please note that all court and probate fees are set by the Government and may change from time to time. We will advise you at the outset if changes to the fees have been implemented.

£5.00 swearing of the probate application oath form – for each document referred to in the oath (i.e. Will/Codicil) a further £2.00. Please note this is per Executor.

Bankruptcy only land charges department searches – £2.00 per beneficiary.

We strongly advise you to book a free 30 minute consultation with us where we can discuss your requirements in detail and provide a more accurate quote.

Timescales (Uncontested probate only)
A typical probate transaction is likely to take 4-6 months to finalise, but again, this can vary greatly dependent on the complexity of the estate and the number and type of assets to be realised. Should a property sale be involved, the timescales may be significantly extended.

Give us a call on 01628 533 444 or email us