Whatever type of enquiry you have, you are welcome to contact us to discuss the matter. We will not charge you for taking initial information to assess whether we can help. Please contact Lyn Shepherd, our client services assistant, who will be pleased to help you.
This area of work covers wills, lasting powers of attorney, and the administration of estates (the collection and distribution of money, property and other assets belonging to a person following their death) where these are within the UK and the matters are not contested.
Our fees for this type of work are set on a fixed fee basis:
• Straight forward Single will – £125 plus VAT
• Straightforward Mirror wills – £200 plus VAT
You will be advised at your first appointment whether or not your will can be prepared for this price and if not what the cost will be.
Lasting Power of Attorney
Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) (financial and/or health and welfare):
£400 plus VAT for a single LPA
£600 plus VAT for two LPA’s
£800 plus VAT for four LPA’s (ie both types of LPA for a couple)
Other charges and costs that could apply
• Certification of a pre-prepared LPA – £150 plus VAT
• Obtaining a grant of probate or letters of administration – £500 plus VAT
• Obtaining a deputyship order – £950 plus VAT
• Fixed fee appointment for advice on your position – £125 plus VAT
• Home visits – an additional £50 plus VAT
Administration of an Estate
For dealing with the administration of an estate we charge on average between £1,000 to £5,000 plus VAT .
This estimate is an average price based on recent instructions; the actual cost to you will depend on a number of factors that we will discuss with you if you decide to instruct us.
Our charges are either:
• Based on our hourly charging rates of between £111 and £200 per hour, depending on who is dealing with your case
• Fixed fee rates of approximately £125 to £200 plus VAT for an initial consultation to review paperwork, take instructions and advise you on your position
There may be other costs on top of our fees called ‘disbursements’. These are fees and charges we will need to pay on your behalf as part of the process, such as Probate Registry fees. Examples of such fees are:
• Probate Registry fee for obtaining a grant of probate – between £300 and £20,000
• Court application fee for obtaining a deputyship order – £385
• Registration of an LPA – £82 per LPA
We understand the stress and emotion surrounding a bereavement and aim to work as swiftly as possible. The work we may carry out includes:
• Ascertaining whether any tax is payable on the estate and applying for a grant of probate or letters of administration – approximately 3 to 4 weeks
• Ascertaining and collecting in the assets comprised in the estate – approximately one month after the grant is obtained
• Finalising any inheritance and income tax payable
• Advising on and execution of distribution of the estate, in accordance with the will or intestacy rules – approximately one month later
The time scales above are only a guide; we will keep you updated during the process of administration and advise you of any issues that might cause a delay.
In addition, if there is any contentious element to the estate, this will affect the average timescales set out above and will delay the administration of the estate. Should this be the case we will provide you with advice, guidance and referral to an expert in contentious probate matters if appropriate.