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Our charges explained

We understand that the cost of our services will be important to you so we have detailed below or charges for the various types of work you may wish us to undertake. We will always provide you with written details of our costs where possible before we start the work.  Our charges quoted (including our hourly charges) are our current charges for the year 1st January 2019 to 31st December 2019.

LASTING POWERS OF ATTORNEY (LPA)

  • For 1 LPA  £450.00
  • For 1 Property and Financial Affairs LPA and 1 Welfare LPA for the same person  £625.00
  • For 1 LPA each for spouses or partners £625.00
  • For 1 Property and Affairs LPA and 1 Welfare LPA for each spouse or partner £800.00

VAT is added to our costs. The current VAT rate is 20%.

In addition, if you want the Powers to be effective as soon as possible, a registration fee of £82.00 is payable to the Office of the Public Guardian per Lasting Power of Attorney. 

COURT OF PROTECTION APPLICATIONS 

Generally the costs of an application to the Court of Protection are payable from the assets of the incapable person

The Court sets fixed costs for certain applications but if the work exceeds the fixed costs the Court will assess the costs to see that they are reasonable.  Where appropriate we will agree to accept fixed costs. There are additional payments such as Court fees and we have examples of these below.

Fixed costs:  £950.00

VAT is added to our costs. The current VAT rate is 20%.

Fees etc payable to others:  Court Application fee  £365.00

WILLS

For most people a simple Will is all that is required and we have given details of the cost for these below. Where a more complex Will is necessary we will agree with you the cost we will charge before we carry out the work.

Single Will £132.00

Mirror Wills (e.g. spouses or partners)  £210.00

VAT is added to our costs. The current VAT rate is 20%.

PROBATE

We calculate our costs by reference to the time we spend on the matter, for example in dealing with correspondence, telephone calls and emails, preparing forms and having meetings with you and others.

Time calculations are based on units of 6 minutes each so one hour equals 10 units. Generally letters written, telephone calls and emails are charged at one unit, unless they are unusually long.

The hourly rate is £216.00 so one unit is £21.60. However letters received are charged at a reduced rate of £14.00 per item. Short standard letters received, for example acknowledging receipt of documents etc., are not charged.

In addition we also charge a percentage of the value of the estate. We charge 0.5% of the value of the deceased’s house if solely owned. We do not charge for jointly owned property which has passed to the joint owner. We charge 1% of the value of the rest of the estate which is solely owned by the deceased. We do not charge for jointly owned assets which have passed to the joint owner.

 VAT is added to our costs. The current VAT rate is 20%.

 Because every estate is different we are unable to give an exact cost figure until we have full details of the assets and the terms of the Will. If there are multiple, or complicated assets and multiple beneficiaries, or the Will is complex, our costs will be higher.

Example of charges:

For an estate where there is a valid Will naming three beneficiaries, no disputes or claims arise, there is no Inheritance Tax liability requiring a full HMRC account, which has one solely owned property worth £150000 and four bank accounts totalling £100000 we would expect to spend a total of 4 hours working on the matter and receive 10 letters. 

This work would include meeting the executor(s) to discuss the estate and how it will be dealt with, obtaining probate values of all of the assets and liabilities, preparing the HMRC short form IHT Return and papers to apply for the Grant of Probate, contacting the beneficiaries, gathering in and selling the assets as required, paying the liabilities, producing estate accounts and having these approved by the executor and beneficiaries, paying any income tax due and distributing the estate.

 Our costs are likely to be £2754.00. VAT is charged on our costs at £50.80 giving a total of £30.80.

Disbursements are payments we make to others in dealing with the estate. They are in addition to our costs.

 The following are the usual disbursements needed:

 Probate Court fee (payable to the Probate Registry)       £155.00 payable to the Probate Registry.

Official Probate Court copies of the Grant document      £0.50 each

Bankruptcy search fee                                                   £2.00 per beneficiary

Where we are asked to carry out limited work, for example to obtain the Grant of Representation only, we may offer a fixed fee. Although the fixed fee will depend on the work to be done, our usual fixed fee for obtaining the Grant only is £750.00 plus VAT.

 TRUSTS

Every trust is different and the work involved in setting up the trust and administering it will vary.

 If the Trust is straight forward we may agree a fixed charge. Where the trust is more complex our costs will be calculated by reference to the time we spend on the matter, for example in drafting documents, telephone calls, emails and having meetings with you. Time calculations are based on units of 6 minutes, i.e. 10 per hour. Generally letters written, telephone calls and emails are charged at 1 unit unless they are unusually long. We will give you a written estimate of our charges once we know what work is likely to be involved.

 Our current hourly rate is £259.00 so 1 unit is £25.90.

 VAT is added to our costs. The current VAT rate is 20%.

 Example of charges:

 A simple trust declaration confirming the ownership shares of a house would cost £360.00 + VAT.

 An asset protection trust for personal injury damages of £50000.00 would cost £550.00 + VAT 

 A complex trust with high value assets requiring tax advice where the trustees will have extensive powers and will be able to make decisions as to distributions etc. might cost £1500.00 + VAT.