Prices for Wills and Probate Services 2021

Our Wills and Probate Team are here to help.  They provide a practical, professional and compassionate service.

How much will it cost to make a will?

Our fees cover all the work required to finalise your Will.  This will include an initial meeting where we will take your instructions.  We will then prepare a draft Will and send it to you within 7 days of our meeting.  Once you have approved the draft we will then arrange a further appointment for you to sign the Will and any supporting documents.

Our costs for preparing the majority of Wills are as follows:-

  • Single Will (for one person) £107.50 plus VAT of £21.50 = £129
  • Mirror Wills (for two people) £157.50 plus VAT of £31.50 = £189
  • Trust Single Will (for one person) £200 plus VAT of £40 = £240
  • Trust Mirror Wills (for two people) £250 plus VAT of £50 = £300
  • Notice of Severance £50.00 plus VAT of £10 = £60
  • Land Registry Office Copies (per title) = £3

If your circumstances are more complex we will discuss this with you at our initial meeting and provide you with a full quote for the work to be carried out.

How much will it cost if I need Lasting Powers of Attorney?

Our fees cover the preparation and registration of the Lasting Powers of Attorney.  We also provide your attorney’s with advice and guidance in relation to their roles.  We will arrange an initial meeting where we will take your instructions.  We will then prepare the draft documents and send them to you within 7 days of our meeting.  Once you have approved the drafts we will then arrange a further appointment for you to sign the Lasting Powers of Attorney.  We can also meet with your attorneys for them to sign the documents or we can post the documents to them.  Once the documents have been signed by all parties we will register the documents with the Office of the Public Guardian.  The registration process usually takes between 8 to 10 weeks.

  • Single Lasting Power of Attorney (for one person)

Property & Finance £350.00 plus VAT of £70 = £420

  • Single Lasting Power of Attorney (for one person)

Health & Welfare £350.00 plus VAT of £70 = £420

  • Lasting Powers of Attorney (for one person)

Property & Finance and Health & Welfare £600 plus VAT of £120 = £720

  • Mirror Lasting Power of Attorney (for two people)

Property and Finance £600.00 plus VAT of £120 = £720

  • Mirror Lasting Power of Attorney (for two people)

Health & Welfare £600.00 plus VAT of £120 = £720

  • Mirror Lasting Powers of Attorney (for two people)

Property & Finance and Health & Welfare £1,000 plus VAT of £200 = £1,200

In addition there is a registration fee of £82 per Lasting Power of Attorney.  A reduced rate of £41 or a full exemption can apply depending upon your financial circumstances.

How much will it cost for me to arrange a Deputyship?

Ours fees cover all work required in respect of a Deputyship application to the Court of Protection.

For a straightforward application the Court fixes Solicitor’s’ costs at £850 plus VAT of £170 = £1,020.  However, if the application becomes contentious or additional work is required we would discuss our costs with you and either agree an additional fee for the extra work required or we can arrange for our costs to be assessed by the Court.

The court application fee is £375. In addition a medical certificate will be required.  The costs will vary but we will obtain a quote before the report is carried out.

How much will it costs to administer an estate?

Our Probate team can tailor our service to meet your needs.  It may be that you simply want help dealing with the application for the Grant of Representation or you may want us to deal with the administration of the estate from start to finish.  Whatever your requirements we will be able to assist.

The work required will depend to a large extent on the complexity and range of assets and liabilities in the estate and the amount of assistance beneficiaries and personal representatives require from us. If a dispute arises between beneficiaries our costs will increase.  If the estate is a taxable estate for Inheritance Tax purposes additional work will be required.

Each estate is individual and unforeseen work often arises as the administration of the estate progresses.

It is, therefore, very difficult to give a figure at the beginning of a matter as to how much time will be required to wind up an estate.

Where an estate has the following conditions:-

  • There are no more than 2 Executors;
  • There is a valid will;
  • There is no more than one property;
  • There are no more than 4 bank or building society accounts;
  • There are no other intangible assets;
  • There are 3 beneficiaries;
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets;
  • There is no inheritance tax payable and the personal representatives do not need to submit a full account to HMRC;
  • There are no claims made against the estate;

We anticipate that this will take between 8 and 10 hours work to administer the estate at £225 plus VAT of £45 = £270 per hour.  Our total costs are estimated at between £1,800 and £2,250 plus VAT.

In addition, we will charge a percentage based on the gross value of the estate as follows:

In an estate where the Executors are not partners of the firm

Value of the gross estate

0 – £125,000                            0%

£125,001 – £500,000               0.25%

Above £500,001                      0.5%

In an estate where the Executors are partners of the firm

Value of the gross estate

0 – £125,000                            0%

£125,001 – £500,000               0.5%

Above £500,001                      1%

We also offer a fixed fee for preparing the application for the Grant of Representation.  We ask that you provide us with full details of the assets and liabilities in the estate and we will then prepare the application and inland revenue paperwork and go through the application with you.

Our fee for this is £750 plus VAT of £150 = £900 where no Inheritance Tax is payable.

 

Disbursements

Some additional disbursements may also be payable.  These are the costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties.  The following disbursements can arise when dealing with the administration of the estate:

  • Probate Fee of £155
  • Additional copies of the Grant of Probate £1.50 per copy
  • Statutory Advertisements of approximately £200
  • Land Registry Office Copy £3.00
  • Bankruptcy Searches in the UK £2.00 per beneficiary

We will take all reasonable steps to keep you informed of costs at the beginning and throughout the process.

Our People

We have a dedicated and experienced team ready to meet your wills and probate needs. We are accredited as Dementia Friendly and by Solicitors for the Elderly.

Sarah Littlewood – Senior  Solicitor, Head of Wills & Probate

Laura Kirton – Wills & Probate Solicitor