Price and service notice – Administration of Estates

December 2020 

Legal costs

There are two main elements to the legal costs associated with winding up an uncontested deceased’s estate which will normally include obtaining a grant of probate or letters of administration, paying liabilities, reporting to HMRC on tax and distributing the estate:

  1. our charges;
  2. expenses we must pay out of your behalf

 

Our charges

Our hourly rates for estate administration are:

  Fee Earner Hourly Rate 
  Solicitor-Advocate (Advocacy & Preparation therefor) £250 – 270
  Partner (Member)

  Senior Solicitors with over 15 years’ experience

£250

£250

 Solicitors, members of CILEX and other fee earners with over 8 years’ experience £240
  Solicitors and members of CILEX 

  Other fee earners with over 4 years’ experience 

£230

£220

  Clerks & Trainee Solicitors £130
  Support Staff £110

Costs will depend on the size and complexity of the estate and whether Inheritance Tax is chargeable. On average a non-tax paying estate takes 10 to15 hours to complete. This means that on average our charges will be £2,500 to £3,750 + VAT. On average a tax paying estate takes 20 to 50 hours to complete. This means that on average our charges will be £5,000 to £12,500 + VAT. We will provide you with an engagement letter once instructed, with an estimate of our charges for your specific case. 

The exact number of hours it will take depends on the circumstances of your case, such as:

  1. The number of client meetings, volume of correspondence and telephone calls
  2. The existence of a valid will;
  3. The size and nature of the estate;
  4. Whether there is a foreign element;
  5. Taxation issues;
  6. Number and location of beneficiaries;
  7. Debts and liabilities;
  8. Freehold/Leasehold Property considerations;
  9. Trusts.

If there is a valid will, no inheritance tax to pay and the estate does not include any shareholdings, our charges are likely to be at the lower end of this range. Please note that additional amounts may be payable for our charges and/or expenses if for example there is no will, the assets or tax situation are complex, or distribution of the estate is contested.

We reserve the right to increase the hourly rates if the work done is particularly complex or urgent, or the nature of your instructions require us to work outside normal office hours. If this happens, we will notify you in advance and agree an appropriate rate.

We will review our hourly rates on a periodic basis. This is usually done each January. We will give you advance notice of any change to our hourly rates.

Our charges do not include VAT, which we will add to your bill at the prevailing rate.

 

Expenses

We would usually expect to incur certain expenses on your behalf which we will also add to your bill. The amount of expenses can vary and the following is an estimate only:

Expense Estimated amount VAT chargeable
Probate fees £155 (upward variation pending ) no
Copies of Grant of Probate (each) £0.50 no
Statutory notice in London Gazette & local paper £175 approx. yes
Law Systems Probate Plus £100 yes

 

Likely timescale and key stages

Administration of estates usually take 6 to 9 months from receiving your instructions to distribution. This is on the basis that there is a valid will, there is no inheritance tax to pay and the estate does not include any shareholdings. If there are additional issues as detailed above the administration will take longer. We will advise you if this occurs.

Most matters of this nature involve the following key stages:

The ‘Estimated total legal costs’ specifically do not include:

Our Terms and Conditions set out details of our complaints procedure.

 

Lasting Powers of Attorney

December 2020

 

Lasting Power of Attorney for Financial Decisions (LPAFD)

Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Care Decisions (LPAHC)

The charge for the preparation and dealing with the execution and registration of Lasting Powers of Attorney is as follows:

Single Adult either LPAFD or LPAHC – £500 + VAT + court fee £82

Single Adult LPAFD and LPAHC – £600 + VAT + court fees £164

A couple LPAFD and LPAHC – £800 + VAT + court fees £328

Our Terms and Conditions set out details of our complaints procedure.

 

Wills

December 2020

 

Single Adult – standard Will – from £300 + VAT

A couple – standard mirror Wills – from £400 + VAT

A couple – standard mirror Wills with trust provisions – from £500 + VAT

Arranging for the severance of a joint tenancy – £75 + VAT 

Our Terms and Conditions set out details of our complaints procedure.

 


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Our solicitors strive to deliver the best advice and assistance and an outstanding customer experience.

We serve our customers right the way across Wiltshire and Hampshire with offices in Warminster, Amesbury, Stockbridge and Andover.

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Just a short note to once again express my sincere thanks to you, Sue and the M&U team, for all your help, cooperation and first class professional support. I am most grateful to you all.

Chris Stephenson, Warminster

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