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Introduction

As with all solicitors, our charges are governed by the Solicitors’ (Non-Contentious Business) Remuneration Order 2009.  This requires that our fees should be fair and reasonable having regard to all the circumstances of the case.  The most important factor taken into account is the time we spend in dealing with the matter.  There are also other factors, such as the complexity and importance of the matter, the value of the estate, the skill involved and the need for urgency, but we will notify you in advance if these factors will impact on our fees in your case.

Our charges for the time we spend on a matter are calculated using the following hourly rates (assessed in six minute units):

VAT and disbursements are added and these are explained in more detail below.

We do not make any additional charge in cases where we are appointed as executors of the deceased will.  As our charges are based on the time we spend on the matter, our fees can sometimes actually be reduced when we are solely appointed as executors because less time is spent in correspondence and phone calls with external parties and all paperwork can be completed and signed in house.

If we are appointed as sole executors, we will always agree our charging basis with the residuary beneficiaries of the will who will have the right to ask the Legal Ombudsman to investigate if they believe that we have charged too much.

In cases where we are appointed as executors jointly with third parties our charges will have to be approved by them and they will have the same right to ask the Legal Ombudsman to get involved in the very unlikely event of a dispute.

Price ranges

At the beginning of your matter, we will give you an estimate of our likely charges for the work we are being asked to undertake.  This can be quite difficult because there are a host of variables which can affect the time we have to spend on the matter.  As the estate progresses, it is sometimes necessary to revise our estimate but we will always agree any increase with the executors before embarking on unanticipated work.

As a general guide, and subject to the complicating factors listed below, our fees tend to fall within the following brackets:

Please see our case studies for some typical scenarios to help you understand what affects the probate service price, and also how our inheritance tax expertise can significantly reduce tax liability, saving our clients hundreds of thousands of pounds.

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Services not covered

These price ranges are provided on the basis that we are not required to provide the following services which would be charged additionally and for which we would provide a separate estimate:

Complicating factors

The price ranges referred to above are quite broad because of the widely differing issues which can arise during the administration of an estate and which can impact on the time we spend on the matter.  These include:

If a number of these complicating factors are present it is possible that our fees will exceed the higher end of the range referred to above.  We will always, of course, provide an estimate for your matter before embarking on any work.

VAT and disbursements

VAT will be added to our fees at 20%.  For example a fee of £7,000 will attract a VAT liability of £1,400

The following disbursements can arise:

We will obtain your approval before incurring any other disbursements in excess of £150 or more.

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Please contact us if you would like to learn more by speaking to one of our experienced team members.

 

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