We do not charge VAT so the fees below are the entire amount you will pay. Please give us a call on 01684 342173 or email David at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, or for a quote for any work not listed below.
Cost to make a will:
£350 for a single will
£650 for a pair of mirror wills
To prepare and register lasting powers of attorney (LPAs):
£400 for a single LPA but where we are drafting more than one document for a client or for a couple then the overlap means that we can offer a discount to our fee so the charge for two LPAs is £700 and for four is £1,200 plus an £82 registration fee for the Office of the Public Guardian per document.
To register an existing enduring power of attorney (EPA) if the donor has lost their mental capacity:
£400 plus an £82 registration fee for the Office of the Public Guardian
For a certified copy of a power of attorney
If we have prepared an LPA we will provide you with one certified copy free of charge when requested. The Office of the Public Guardian charge £35 per certified copy of an LPA and £25 per certified copy of an EPA and we will charge this fee for additional copies or in cases where we have not prepared the original.
To obtain the grant of probate only:
£850 plus disbursements
Swearing oaths and statutory declarations:
There is a statutory charge of £5 for the oath and £2 for any extra document that has to be marked.
Full estate administration:
We will quote a fixed fee specific to the estate. This is usually a maximum of approximately 2% of the value of the estate plus disbursements such as the court fee. It is dependent on the complexity of the assets involved, for example if there are multiple shareholdings or assets overseas, there is going to be far more work involved than if there is just a property in joint names and a couple of bank accounts.
At the start of the matter, we will need you to bring in details of the deceased’s assets and liabilities as well as information like their National Insurance number, their last address and any funeral expenses. We will write to all of the relevant financial and government institutions to establish the precise values of their assets (property, money, investments, insurance policies, etc) and liabilities (credit cards, debts, outstanding bills, care fees, funeral fees, etc) at the date of death. At this stage we can send the funeral account to the deceased’s bank for early settlement. I will use the financial details to prepare the estate accounts and to complete the necessary forms for HM Revenue & Customs. We will also draw up the probate oath and arrange for the swearing of the oath. Once this is done, I will submit all of the paperwork to HMRC and the Probate Registry. On receipt of the grant of representation I will write to all of the institutions to collect in the assets of the estate. Having collected sufficient money in, we will settle any remaining liabilities and look to begin distributing money under the will or intestacy. The deceased’s income tax position will be settled with HMRC. We can also take steps to sell or transfer any property at that stage. Property can be put on the market before the grant is issued, but we can only transfer it once we have the grant. At the end of the process I will provide the executors and the residuary beneficiaries with a complete set of estate accounts to give them a full picture of the estate.
We will discuss the assets and liabilities of the estate at your initial meeting and provide you with a quote for completing the work. If during the course of the administration, it becomes clear that there is more work involved than initially anticipated, we will always discuss this with you before going ahead.
If you’re looking for some legal advice that doesn’t necessarily fit in with the standard services we offer, then we’re happy to meet you for a fixed fee interview. We charge a flat rate of £100 for a one hour meeting to discuss your concerns and advise accordingly. For example, if somebody close to you has passed away and you have queries about the probate process, we understand that you might not immediately want to commit to instructing a solicitor, and you may not even need to obtain a grant of probate. This service can help by answering your questions in a way that’s easy to understand and will help to ease your stress and worry at this difficult time. After our meeting, which can take place in person or over the telephone, we will summarise our advice in writing by letter or email. If you do wish to instruct us to act for you, at this stage or at a later date, we will deduct the £100 fee from our next invoice.