Wills, Probate & Estate Planning
Take control of your future and ensure the peace of mind and security to know that the people you care about most are protected when they need it most.
Your Will means that YOU are deciding how your assets are divided up after your death instead of the law deciding for you.
It is important to be aware of the fact that legally a person must have the necessary mental capability to be able to write their Will and so don’t put off until tomorrow what you are able to do today.
We can assist you every step of the way to get your Will correctly drafted. We will give you the peace of mind knowing that after death your wishes will be followed and your loved ones will be protected.
This is a document which ensures somebody is nominated to help manage your affairs should you become incapable physically or mentally.
Whilst there may seem little point in sorting out a document of this nature when you are able to do everything yourself, things do happen and, in the event that your circumstances changed quickly and you were unable to manage your own affairs, being prepared is invaluable to you and your loved ones.
Having this protection in place means YOU decide who YOU trust to take over managing your financial affairs and YOU decide who can make important health and welfare decisions for you in the event you were unable to make them for yourself.
Probate is the proving of a Will after someone has died.
If there is no Will that person’s estate (belongings, assets, savings etc.) is dealt with through applying to the Court.
Most estate’s are now required to be dealt with through the Probate Registry which means costs are fixed and agreed at the outset and paid from the the estate.
We provide a service designed to reassure you throughout that everything will be looked after and administered correctly.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT OUR COSTS
All prices are plus VAT & exclude disbursements.
We charge an initial consultation fee of £60 (£50 + £10 VAT), which is deducted from the total costs charge on your case upon receipt of instructions to proceed.
|SIMPLE WILL||£198.00 (£165 + £33 VAT)||£300.00 (£250 + £50 VAT)|
|TRADITIONAL WILL||£360.00 (£300 + £60 VAT)||£528.00 (£440 + £88 VAT)|
|FAMILY TRUST WILL||£720.00 (£600 + £120 VAT)||£1,050 (£875 + £175 VAT)|
|WILL UPDATE||£108.00 (£90 + £18 VAT)||£180.00 (£150 + £30 VAT)|
|SINGLE POWER OF ATTORNEY*||£720.00 (£600 + £120 VAT)||£1,050.00 (£875 + £175 VAT)|
|BOTH POWERS OF ATTORNEY*||£1,050.00 (£875 + £175 VAT)||£1,620.00 (£1,350 + £270 VAT)|
|DEED OF TRUST WITH TRANSFER DEED||£2,100.00 (£1,750 + £350 VAT)||£2,100.00 (£1,750 + £350 VAT)|
|TRADITIONAL ESTATE PLAN (Traditional Will + 1 Power of Attorney)*||£930.00 (£775 + £155 VAT)||£1,320.00 (£1,100 + £220 VAT)|
|TRADITIONAL PLUS (Traditional Will on both Powers of Attorney)*||£1,200.00 (£1,200 + £200 VAT)||£1,740.00 (£1,450 + £290 VAT)|
|FAMILY TRUST (Family Trust Will + 1 Power of Attorney)*||£1,050.00 (£875 + £175 VAT)||£1,620.00 (£1,350 + £270 VAT)|
|FAMILY TRUST PLUS (Family Trust Will on both Powers of Attorney)*||£1,320.00 (£1,100 + £220 VAT)||£2,100.00 (£1,750 + £350 VAT)|
* The Office of the Public Guardian charges an additional fee of £82 (no VAT) for registering each lasting power of attorney. Registration can be delayed for up to 12 months after signing
Most drafting can be completed within 28 days of instructions being received.
FIXED PRICE PROBATE SERVICES
|GRANT-ONLY||£2,064 (£1,720 + £344 VAT) & £155.00 (no VAT)|
|GRANT + AS1||£864.00 (£720 + £144 VAT) & £155.00 (no VAT) + Land Reg Fee Scales 2 (no VAT)|
The probate process usually takes between 3 and 6 months, with all wills and probate work is completed by a qualified solicitor.
The work included for the above fees is:
- Initial consultation;
- Prep of IHT205;
- Online registration of Probate Application on HMCTS website;
- Prep of Legal Statement of Applicant;
- Submission of IHT205, Legal Statement and Will, in duplicate to Probate Service.
Grant + AS1
- As above;
- Plus prep of AS1 and postal submission thereof with Grant of Probate, to HM Land Registry.
For both, all associated letters, emails and phone calls without limit.
|PROBATE COURT FEE||£155.00 (no VAT)|
|EACH OFFICE COPY OF THE GRANT (1 PER ASSET USUALLY)||£1.80 (£1.50 + £0.30 VAT)|
|HM LAND REGISTRY OFFICIAL COPY ENTRY||£3.60 (£3.00 + £0.60 VAT)|
|BANKRUPTCY SEARCH||£2.40 (£2.00 + £0.40 VAT)|
|ELECTRONIC ID SEARCH||£6.00 (£5.00 + £1.00 VAT)|
HM Land Registry registration fees are based on scales and the value and status of the property