Wills and Administration of Estates

Our solicitor can assit you to draft a Will, organise a Lasting Power of Attorney, assist with the Adminstration of an estate or apply for Probate.

WILLS

The following prices provide an indication of the fixed fee Wills we offer:
  • Fixed Fee Simple Will £150.00 (no VAT)where you attend our office to sign the will.
  • Fixed Fee Will with to Home Visit to sign the Will £200.00 (no VAT)
  • Will to include a Property Trust £300.00 (no VAT)

    LASTING POWERS OF ATTORNEY

  • We charge a fixed fee of £650.00 to prepare both Lasting Powers of Attorney, Health and Welfare & Property and Finance.
  • Disbursements The Office of the Public Guardian charges a Registration Fee of £82.00 per power.
  • ADMINSTRATION OF ESTATES

    • We provide an free initial consultation and quote.
    • Probate - We generally charge an hourly rate for probate work however we may offer a fixed fee once we have taken instructions from you and have assessed the estate and work involved. The fee estimates set out below provide an indication of costs and disbursements for a typical estate. Some matters fall outside of this fee estimate for example the sale of a property, disputes between beneficiaries, challenges to the validity of a Will or claims against the estate. If a property forms part of the estate, then we offer a fixed fee conveyancing service, please see our conveyancing page for more details.
    • We do not charge to provide a fee estimate so please contact us for a fee estimate. A fee estimate will be tailored to your specific estate and is a more accurate way of assessing fees and disbursements.

      Typical Costs and Disbursements to apply for a grant of probate, collect assets and distribute those assets:

    • We anticipate that taking instructions, applying for a grant of probate, collecting and distributing assets would typically take between 10 and 25 hours at £130.00 per hour for a Solicitor to handle your matter. We do not charge VAT.
    • Total costs estimated therefore £1300.00 to £ 3250.00.
    • The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the estate. For example, if there is one beneficiary, very few assets to administer and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, costs will be at the higher end. We will handle the full process for you.

      This quote is for estates where:

    • There is a valid will
    • There is no more than one property
    • There are no more than 3 bank or building society accounts
    • There are no other intangible assets
    • There are 1 - 5 beneficiaries
    • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs
    • There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC
    • There are no claims made against the estate

      Disbursements

      Disbursements in addition to our costs (where stated applicable VAT is 20%): Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. Typical disbursements include:
    • Probate Court Fee £155.00 + copies of the Grant of Probate £1.50 per copy. We usually secure sufficient copies to send the Grants to each asset holder at once.

    • Estate Asset & Estate Liability Related Disbursements

    • Each Estate varies and disbursements are usually specific to the type of assets within the estate and how that asset is to be dealt with. These costs will be discussed with you before being incurred or finalising any disbursement costs.
    • Disbursements related to assets could for example include Land Registry Office copies £3.00 per copy document (usually £6.00 for Office copy Title and Office copy Plan); Copy share certificates etc.
    • A Public Notice helps to protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors and is advisable for all estate. The London Gazette has a extensive price list for Notices both in the Gazette and Local Newspapers, see link for further information on the range of prices; https://www.thegazette.co.uk/wills-and-probate/place-a-deceased-estates-notice.
    • Notices in the London Gazette may vary but generally are: £73.20 plus VAT @ 20%
    • Notices in local newspapers may vary, the Gazette price is currently shown as £215.00 plus VAT @ 20%

      Distribution Related Disbursements:

    • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2.00 per beneficiary)

      Potential additional costs

    • If there is no will or the estate consists of any share holdings (stocks and bonds) there is likely to be additional costs that could range significantly depending on the estate and how it is to be dealt with. We can give you a more accurate quote once we have more information.
    • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included but we do offer a fixed fee for the sale of property, see our residential conveyancing page.
    • How long will this take?
    • On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6 - 12 months.
    • Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 8 - 12 weeks.
    • Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 6 – 12 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 2 – 4 weeks.