This information is provided in accordance with the SRA Transparency Rules December 2018. This price transparency information is provided to you as clients and prospective clients to help you make an informed choice as to your legal provider and understand the services and prices for legal services which we provide that come within these rules.
The price transparency information provided below is to act as a guide only, and does not constitute an offer of services that you can accept. Each individual instruction will receive a personal quotation from us, relevant to your instructions. For more information about the pricing or a more precise quotation tailored to the service you want
- Fixed fee will drafting on simple matters
- Reasonable rates for more specialist wills
- Free and secure will storage
We charge for the legal work we do on a time recorded basis based on hourly rates. Our charging rate is based upon the seniority and experience of the file handler working on your case as follows:
- £217.00 per hour plus VAT – Solicitors or CILEX with at least 8 years post-qualification experience (PQE);
- £192.00 per hour plus VAT – Solicitors, CILEX or Costs Lawyers with at least 4 years PQE;
- £161.00 per hour plus VAT – Solicitors, CILEX or Costs Lawyers with up to 4 years PQE and other staff of equivalent experience;
- £118.00 per hour plus VAT – Paralegals, trainees or equivalent
On occasion we may be able to agree a fixed fee for larger estates, however again this would be on a case-specific basis. Please contact us to discuss your case further.
On a basic case where only the Grant of Probate certificate is required and no inheritance tax is payable, we would expect an application to the Probate Registry to take place 4-6 weeks after our initial instruction.
The Grant should then take a further 2-3 weeks to arrive from the Registry, although this is out of our control.
If there are simple assets for which you require valuation and sale, such as a house and vehicle, then this may take a further 4 months approximately.
Please bear in mind that a statutory limitation period of 6 months is usually observed to allow any claims against the estate to be made, otherwise a trustee could be liable where assets have been distributed prematurely and a claim is subsequently received by a potential beneficiary.
The assets and then collected, the debts of the estate are discharged, and any legacies are paid.
This total process where we are dealing with the estate should take approximately 12 months.