Inheritance Act Advices



Services & Fees

The Inheritance Act 1975 protects spouses (including former spouses), cohabitants, children and other dependants when a person dies without leaving sufficient money for the dependent’s continued wellbeing. Our lawyers can provide written advice on whether a claim under the Act can be made. Our lawyers can also provide written advice when a person dies and you are a beneficiary of the estate, but someone else makes a claim under the Act.

Timescales for the written advice may vary depending on factors such as lawyers’ availability, the value and complexity of the deceased person’s estate, the financial needs and those of any beneficiary of the estate. Claims under the Act must be made within six months of the grant of probate, so as a guide the written advice will be available within two to four weeks where possible.

We charge principally by reference to the time spent on a matter in accordance with the Standard Terms and Conditions of Business. We may charge fixed fees, which means that we will charge you a set amount of money for the written advice. Below we provide estimates where the deceased person’s estate is worth less than £300,000. All fees exclude VAT (where applicable).

If we charge fixed fees, these may be towards the higher end of the range if you need a more experienced lawyer and/or the deceased person’s estate is more complex. If the deceased person’s estate is particularly complex, the fees may also be significantly higher than the estimate below. 

  • Written advice on making or defending a claim – between £2,500 and £5,000.

The fees are estimates only.

For a quotation, please contact us on +44 (0) 20 7183 9482 (or e-mail Please also contact us if the deceased person’s estate is worth more than £300,000.