Probate Inheritance Act

Public Access – Probate & Inheritance Act

The Inheritance Act 1975 protects spouses (including former spouses), co-habitants, children and other dependants when a person dies without leaving sufficient money for their continued wellbeing.

Our barristers can provide you with advice in writing or in conference on whether you can make a claim under the Act. We can also assist with providing advice when a person dies and you are the beneficiary of the estate, but someone else makes a claim under the Act.

We may also be able to assist should your matter require a Court hearing. If this is applicable to your situation please contact the clerks to discuss.


Timescales for our services may vary depending on factors such as barristers’ availability, the value and complexity of the deceased’s estate, your financial needs and those of any beneficiaries of the estate and the availability of documents. However claims under the act must be made within 6 months of the grant of Probate.

As a guide, written advice on your case will be available within two to four weeks where possible.

Please contact the clerks if your case is not covered in the above or is proceeding to Court.


We charge fixed fees, which means that we will charge you a set amount of money for the work. These fees will be payable before written work is provided or a hearing/ conference commences.

Below we provide estimates based on the ranges of fixed fees for barristers in Queen Square Chambers. VAT will be charged on top of these fees (where applicable)

Your fixed fees may vary depending on your needs – for example, your fees may be towards the higher end of the range if you need a more experienced barrister and/or you have a complex case. If you have a particularly complex case or it has an unusually high volume of paperwork, your fees may also be higher than the estimates below. Additional travel costs would depend on the location of the court venue or conference location.

For hearing fees, please contact the clerks.

Stage of Case Range of hourly rates (estimates)
Written advice on making or defending a claim £150 – £250
Conference with you £150 – £250
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All information is correct as of May 2019, but fees are estimates only. For the most accurate fixed fee estimate, please contact the clerks on 0117 921 1966 (or e-mail