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1. Probate
2. Letters of Administration
and
3. Administration of an Estate

A Grant of Probate involves the proving of a deceased persons will in the Probate Registry.

Letters of Administration is a similar process to a Grant of Probate but applies in circumstances where there is no will or there is a will but no executors can be appointed by it.

The administration of the deceased person’s estate normally means dealing with the distribution of the assets in that estate following receipt of the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration which work would normally include collecting the assets of the estate, discharging the liabilities and dealing with the distribution of the estate to the beneficiaries.

1. The obtaining of the Grant of Probate is normally a straightforward procedure and will enable up to 4 executors to be appointed by the will who can administer the estate. Provided that there is a valid will with only one property involved, there are no more than two bank or building society accounts, no other intangible assets such as digital assets then our costs will be in one of the two fixed fee options below. Those costs will also depend on there being no objections to the taking out of a grant (such objections are called “caveats”) or disputes between beneficiaries which may in some way impact upon the obtaining of a grant. If there are any such matters then the costs are likely to increase. The costs are also linked to there being no inheritance tax payable on the estate and there being no need to submit an HMRC account.

In addition to the fixed fees there are also other expenses which are commonly referred to as disbursements which do not form part of the fixed fee but are payable third parties and added to the total costs. Such disbursements are variable from time to time and can include such things as Probate Court fees which at present are £155, extra sealed copies of a Grant at .50p each, £7 swear fee for each Executor/Administrator, Bankruptcy searches at £2 each, London Gazette notices at £96 each and local newspaper notices normally in the region of £150 eachWe do not give tax advice other than as may relate to Inheritance Tax payable on an estate and our costs for giving such advice are included in our fees.

Option A. fixed fee where grant of probate is obtained and when the value of the estate is under 325,000 and no inheritance tax is payable: –
fixed legal fee £750, VAT thereon £150 and estimated disbursements allowance (to include probate court fee of £155 and .50p for each further sealed copy grant) £200 total fee £1100

Option B. fixed fee where grant of probate is obtained and when the value of the estate is under £650,000 where no inheritance tax is payable due to the transferable nil rate band between spouses and civil partners: –
fixed legal fee £900 VAT thereon £180 and estimated disbursements as in Option A above £200 total fee £1280

Where there is Inheritance tax payable and or a need to submit an HMRC account and the value of the estate is under £650,000 then our fees will be as in Option B above with additional fees based on additional work which will be charged at £220 per hour plus VAT

2. The obtaining of Letters of Administration is also normally a straightforward procedure but involves additional work to ascertain who can be the Administrator who will administer the estate. Our fees will be the same as in Options A and B above but where additional work is involved to determine who will be the Administrator then there will be additional fees based on such additional work which will be charged at £220 per hour plus VAT.

3. For the Administration of an estate we have no set or fixed fees other than a minimum charge of £1100 plus VAT which allows for a maximum 5 hours work and we charge at an hourly rate of £220 plus VAT for any extra work. If the value of the estate exceeds £2,000,000 we may also request a percentage based on the value of the estate being between .5 % and 1% of such value plus VAT. If you wish to instruct us in regard to an Administration we will be pleased to provide an estimate of fees based on information available at the time we give the estimate. We may have to vary such estimate if circumstances change. It can take several months to complete the administration of an estate including the application for a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration.

Estimated Fees for some of the Conveyancing Services we provide. Please note that 20% VAT will be added to all estimated fees given below.
Purchase of a Freehold residential property
Our fees cover all of the conveyancing work* required to complete the purchase of your new home including completion of Stamp Duty Land tax Forms,dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property you wish to buy is in Wales anddealing with registration at the H M Land Registry. Our fees are divided in two parts as detailed below and in accordance with some of the additional work completed on behalf of buyer and the lender.
Conveyancer’s fees and disbursements

  • Legal feePurchase Price
    £599 from £10,000.00 to £150,000.00
    £699from £151,000.00 to £250,000.00
    £799 from £251,000.00 to £399,000.00
    £899.00from £400,000.00 to £550,000.00
    £950.00from £551,000.00 to £750,000.00
    £1,100.00 from £751,000.00 to £850,000.00
    £1,250.00 from £851,000.00 to £999,000.00
    You should enquirewith us in respect of purchases and sales of over £1 Million.
  • Fee for acting on behalf of lender where the buyer is obtaining amortgage to finance their purchase: £395.00 + VAT
  • Search fees range from £350 to £400.00 depending on types of searches required/ordered.
  • A Land Registration fee is payable in accordancewith the value of the property you are buying. Please refer to the Land Registry’s website for further information.
  • Electronic money transfer fee £20.00+ VAT for each transaction.
  • VAT is payable at a current rate of 20% on all fees and disbursements

Referral fee (if any)

  • Amount of referral fee paid; To be advised as per refferal fee agreement.
  • Recipient of referral fee: To be advised as and when such arrangements are made.

Disbursements also known as expenses, are costs you incurin relation to your purchase or sale, and some arepayable to third parties, such as the Land Registry or search agents. We will normally dischargethe payment of alldisbursements as part of the Conveyancing process.

Stamp Duty Land Tax (on purchase)
This depends on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using the Stamp Duty calculator on HMRC’s website.Please note that the payment of stamp duty is your responsibility and you should ensure that the correct information is provided to HMRC. You should refer to the HMRC website for guidance and information.

How long will my house purchase take?
The average processing timetakes around 4-6 weeks, however where there are any unforeseen or unexpected issues arising or where matters require further investigation this could take longer. However we will use our reasonable endeavours to ensure an expedite completion.

Stages of the Process
The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have suggested some of the key stages that you may find helpful to understand the process.

  • Taking your instructions and carry out due diligence in accordance with Anti Money Laundering Regulations. You will be required to provide evidence of deposit, and source of funds; and details of any gift or contribution towards the purchase must be disclosed to us at the outset. We will then advise you accordingly.
  • Contacting the lender’s Solicitor/Conveyancer, if any for confirmation of instructions.
  • To prepare and Issue draft contracts and supporting documentation to Buyers solicitors, or promptly request the same from Sellers solicitors when acting for a Buyer.
  • Apply for local authority and other necessary searches.
  • Raise pre-exchange enquiries/deal with pre-exchange enquiries raised by Buyers solicitors.
  • Approval of draft Contract.
  • Report on Title to you.
  • Send final contract to you for signature or ask you to sign the contract at our office.
  • Request deposit and other funds required from you to exchange contracts and complete the purchase.
  • Agree anexchange of contracts and completion date with Buyer/Sellers solicitorthen notify you.
  • Request mortgage funds, if applicable.
  • Draft Transfer and advise you on joint ownership and Tenancy in common ownership.
  • To execute the agreed form of Transfer where you are a seller.
  • On a joint purchase, to be advised on ways you could hold ownership of the property i.e. by way of a tenancy in common or joint ownership.
  • Complete purchase/sale/redeem mortgage or charge.
  • Complete Stamp Duty Land Tax forms andremit full payment to HMRC
  • Complete application for registration at the Land Registry
  • Forward completed Title Information Document to you to retain as evidence of ownership

Estimated Fees for some of the Conveyancing Services we provide. Please note that 20% VAT will be added to all estimated fees given below.

Purchase of a Leasehold residential property
Our fees cover all of the conveyancing work* required to complete the purchase of your new home including completion of Stamp Duty Land tax Forms,dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property you wish to buy is in Wales and dealing with registration at the HM Land Registry. Our fees are divided in two parts as detailed below and in accordance with some of the additional work completed on behalf of buyer and the lender.
Conveyancer’s fees and disbursements

  • Legal feePurchase Price
    £595.00 from £10,000.00 to £150,000.00
    £695.00 from £151,000.00 to £250,000.00
    £795.00  from £251,000.00 to £399,000.00
    £850.00 from £400,000.00 to £550,000.00
    £950.00 from £551,000.00 to £750,000.00
    £1,050.00 from £751,000.00 to £850,000.00
    £1,250.00  from £851,000.00 to £999,000.00
  • Fee for acting on behalf of lender (mortgagee/ Bank) where the buyer is obtaining the mortgage loan for his/her purchase: £150.00 Plus VAT.
  • Fee for completing the Stamp Duty Land Tax forms: £75.00 plus VAT.
  • Preparation of Notice of aaignment/ transfer of lesae and Charge. £75.00 Plus VAT.

NB: Please contact us directly for obtaining our estimated conveyancing quote for the properties being purchased at £1 Million and above.

  • Search fees range from £225.00 to £400.00 depending on types of searches required/ordered.
  • HM Land Registry fee is applicable and paid according to the value of the property.
  • Electronic money transfer fee £20.00 for each transaction.
  • VAT is payable at a current rate of 20% on all fees and disbursements.

Referral fee (if any)

  • Amount of referral fee paid; To be advised as per refferal fee agreement.
  • Recipient of referral fee: To be advised as and when such arrangements are made.

Estimated total: To be advised on each individual quote as and when enquired. However, plesae use the above figures as an estmated guide line.

Disbursements
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as search fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. There are certain disbursements which will be set out in the individual lease relating to the Property. The disbursements which we anticipate will apply are set out separately below. This list is not exhaustive and other disbursements may apply depending on the term of the lease. We will update you on the specific fees upon receipt and review of the lease from the seller’s solicitors.

  • Search fees range from £225.00 to £400.00 depending on types of searches required/ordered.
  • HM Land Registry fee is applicable and paid according to the value of the property.
  • Electronic money transfer fee £20.00 for each transaction.
  • VAT is payable at a current rate of 20% on all fees and disbursements

Anticipated Disbursements*

  • Notice of Transfer/Assignment of lesae fee – This fee if chargeable is set out in the lease and in the replies of freeholder/management pack. Often the fee is between £90- £200
  • Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged) – This fee is set out in the lease and in the replies of freeholder/management pack. Often the fee is between £90- £200
  • Deed of Covenant fee – This fee is provided by the management company for the property and can be difficult to estimate. Often it is between £100 and £200.
  • Certificate of Compliance fee – To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, as can range between £150 – £250.
  • ALL ABOVE FEES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND DIFFER GREATLY BETWEEN LANDLORDS AND THEIR MANAGING AGENTS. IN SOME CASE THERE ARE MULTIPLE MANAGING AGENTS FEES PAYABLE.

*These fees vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents.
You should also be aware that ground rent and service charges are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the property. We will confirm the ground rent and the anticipated service charge as soon as we receive this information.

Stamp Duty Land Tax
This depends on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC’s websiteif the property situated in England or by using the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website. if the property is located in Wales.

Stages of the Process
The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential leasehold property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have suggested some of the key stages that you may find helpful to understand the process.

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender’s solicitors if needed
  • Receive and advise on contract documents
  • Carry out searches
  • Obtain further planning documentation if required
  • Make any necessary enquiries of seller’s solicitor
  • Provide you advice on all documents and information received
  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer
  • Send final contract to you for signature or ask you to sign the contract at our office.
  • Draft Transfer
  • Advise you on joint ownership
  • Order pre-completion searches
  • Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you accordingly
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you
  • Complete purchase
  • Deal with completion of Stamp Duty Land Tax forms and payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry
  • Prepare and forward the Notice of assignment of lease and charge to the freeholder

How long will my house purchase take?
How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move in to your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 8-12 weeks. It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are a first time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage in principle, it could take 8-10 weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 3 and 6 months. In such, a situation additional charges would apply.

* Our fee assumes that:

  • this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction.
  • this is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease
  • the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise
  • all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
  • no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.
  • Also factors that would typically increase the cost of our legal service. For example:
  • if legal title is defective or part of the property is unregistered
  • if we discover building regulations or planning permission has not been obtained
  • if crucial documents we have previously requested from the client and have not been provided

Pricing for Motoring Offences
Our work in relation to Motoring Offences is charged by a fixed fee and estimates of the amount payable are below:
The work that will be undertaken will include:

  • Considering evidence
  • Providing advice in relation to plea and likely sentence
  • Where you cannot anticipate the likely sentence, advice on the options available to the court in relation to sentencing
  • Where appropriate, advice on whether an exceptional hardship, or special reasons argument should be made
  • Representation at a single hearing

The time spent on the above preparation will be approximately 3 hours plus representation at the hearing at a fixed rate of £350 plus Vat.  This figure does not include any additional work in relation to:

  • instruction of any expert witnesses (approximately 1 hour)
  • Expert fees (£300-1,000 plus Vat)
  • taking statements from any witnesses (approximately 1 hour – 1 hour 30 minutes per witness)
  • advice and assistance in relation to a special reasonhearing (approximately 1 hour)
  • advice or assistance in relation to any appeal (approximately 1 hour)

Our fixed fee charges range from £750.00 – £1,500.00
An estimate of fees for a Drink driving offence, guilty plea – fixed fee £750 plus Vat
Fee includes:

  • 2 hours attendance/preparation:
    • considering evidence
    • taking your instructions
    • providing advice on likely sentence
  • Attendance and representation at a single hearing at the Magistrates Court

The fee does not include the items below that may be required and will incur additional costs that we will discuss with you in advance:

  • instruction of any expert witnesses (approximately 1 hour)
  • Expert fees (£300-1,000 plus Vat)
  • taking statements from any witnesses (approximately 1 hour – 1 hour 30 minutes per witness)
  • advice and assistance in relation to a special reason hearing (approximately 1 hour)
  • advice or assistance in relation to any appeal (approximately 1 hour)

The key stages of your matter are based on the presumption that you have entered a guilty plea and have a date for your hearing.

  • Meet with your solicitor to provide instructions on what happened.
  • We will consider initial disclosure, and any other evidence and provide advice.
  • Arranging to take any witness statements if necessary (this will have an additional cost, of approximately £150 plus Vat per witness).
  • We will explain the court procedure to you so you know what to expect on the day of your hearing, and the sentencing options available to the court.
  • We will conduct any further preparatory work, obtain further instructions from you if necessary and answer any follow up queries you have.
  • We cannot provide a timescale of when your hearing will take place, as this depends on the court listing for that day.
  • We will attend court on the day and meet with you before going before the court. We anticipate being at court for [e.g. half a day].

We will discuss the outcome with you. If advice is required on appeal, this will carry an additional cost that we will discuss with you.  This may be undertaken as a fixed fee or at our hourly rate.

PRICE INFORMATION FOR ASSISTANCE WITH THE PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION OF IMMIGRATION APPLICATIONS, EXCLUDING ASYLUM APPLICATIONS.
Our quoted fees include:

  • considering documents
  • attendances on the clients
  • taking instructions and providing advice
  • preparing and submitting the application

Our quoted fees do not include:

  • VAT: Vat applies in cases where people already have Leave to Remain in the UK.  This should be added to our figures at 20%. If you are making an initial application for Leave, Vat is not applicable.
  • Disbursements:costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as visa fees and interpreters’ fees. See more details below.
  • The costs quoted here do not include fees for work if the Home Office refuse your application and advice and assistance in relation to any appeal.

The work will involve:

  • discussing your circumstances in detail and confirming whether this is the most appropriate application for you to make and what other options may be available to you;
  • Preparing a list of documents required for the application;
  • giving you advice about the requirements of the Immigration Rules and whether you meet the criteria.
  • if you do not fulfil certain criteria, whether this can be overcome and how;
  • considering the supporting evidence that you have provided;
  • where necessary, helping you obtain further evidence (such as medical records and bank statements), including taking statements of any witnesses;
  • preparing your application and submitting it on your behalf, which we anticipate will take X hours;
  • Attendance at a Home Office interview: if the Home Office ask you to attend an interview, we will give you clear advice to prepare you for your attendance at the interview.
  • giving you advice about the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take.

Time frame for Immigration applications:
The length of time that it will take to complete the work will depend on the circumstances in your case. Such as:

  • The amount of supporting evidence that we need to consider
  • whether anything is missing and how long it will take to obtain the missing documents
  • Which language(s) you speak
  • Whether you are applying with other dependants

We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. Read the current processing times:https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration/about-our-services
All applications are likely to vary and of course, we can give you a more accurate estimate once we have more information about your specific case.

Disbursements (not included in the pricing set out above)
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as visa fees. We handle the payment of any disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. These are not included in the fees quoted above as they vary depending on what work is required.

Immigration Health Surcharge is required in every application (apart from Indefinite Leave to remain or Naturalisation)
Annual per person fee

£400.00

Home Office fees

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Tribunal fees
Paper appeal

£80.00

Oral appeal

£140.00

Judicial Review fees
Court fee

£154.00

 Application Notice fee (may not applicable)

£255.00

Translation fees: variable dependant on language and number of words.
Interpreters fees: These fees are difficult to estimate, and we will have to obtain a quote from a third-party interpreter who we will use.  Sometimes only a couple of hours is needed with an interpreter, other applications may need 10 or 15 hours. The number of hours needed will vary on the complexities of the case. Clients do not always need to use an interpreter of our choosing and may bring a friend or associate to come and help interpret.
Independent expert reports e.g. medical experts.  These are not required in many cases: we will let you know as soon as possible if we consider an expert report is necessary.

(£1,500.00 – £5,000.00)

Example pricing for work done in relation to applications for leave to remain:
Fixed fee for an initial application for Leave to Remain: Starting from £800 (Grade D fee earner (Paralegal/Trainee) to £1,500 (Grad A fee earner (Director/Solicitors 8 years plus qualification).
This price will increase for any additional family members that is approximately calculated at a fee of £300 per person.

This fee does not include Vat or disbursements. Please see above for more information about these
The fees may also increase in a case dependant on whether it is a first-time application or extension or if there are more complex circumstances such as if there are medical issues, criminal convictions, complicated personal situations, the language of the client, the number of supporting documents or witnesses,possible attendance at a Home Office interview, and whether it is a fast tracked / premium application. This work will be estimated on the basis of our hourly rates and will be dependent on what additional work is required.

Other areas of Immigration work:
Please enquire directly for our fees in relation to the other areas of Immigration work below if not included Here.

  • Asylum applications
  • Statelessness applications
  • Human rights / private life applications
  • Applications for Secretary of State immigration bail
  • Reconsideration and legacy requests
  • Judicial review, such as claims for unlawful detention
  • Immigration services to businesses (e.g. applications for certificates of sponsorship or confirmation of acceptance for studies).
  • Other matters

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