FIXED FEES FOR WILLS AND PROBATE

We provide fixed fees for most of our services to provide you with peace of mind

Get confidential legal advice

From our friendly wills and probate law team
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FIXED FEES FOR WILLS AND PROBATE

We provide fixed fees for most of our services to provide you with peace of mind

Get confidential legal advice

From our friendly divorce and family law team
your name

1. Make a Will

We can make a standard will for you for a fixed price of £145 plus VAT*.

We provide standard mirror wills for £245 plus VAT*. Mirror wills are virtually identical wills where, typically, one person in a couple leaves their estate to the other and vice versa. A standard mirror will will leave everything to their spouse and then their children.

We can provide you with a quote for complex wills, for example those involving numerous properties, trusts, international assets or other complicating aspects.

Contact Candice Jones  – 0151 239 1198 / candicejones@canter-law.co.uk or complete the enquiry form on this page.

2. Lasting Powers of Attorney

Lasting powers of attorney are legal documents that let you appoint one or more people to help you make legal decisions or to make such decisions on your behalf, for example if, in the future, you lack the mental capacity to do so. You can find out more about them here.

Our fees for lasting powers of attorney are £350 plus VAT* and disbursements (e.g. registration fee of £82) for one document and £550 plus VAT* and disbursements for two documents.

Contact Candice Jones  – 0151 239 1198 / candicejones@canter-law.co.uk or complete the enquiry form on this page.

3. Applying for the Grant Only (for either the Grant of Probate or Grant of Letters of Administration)

We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate (the term used when there is a will, or the Grant of Letters of Administration (the term used when there is no will).

You will be able to administer the estate yourself once the Grant has been issued or we can do it on your behalf (see below for this fuller service).

How much does this service cost?

We provide a fixed fee for obtaining a Grant only for £500 plus VAT* and expenses (sometimes called disbursements and typically around £161) for estates that require the simpler IHT form to be submitted or £850 plus VAT* and expenses when the more complex IHT400 form needs to be filed but no inheritance tax is payable.

The disbursements included in our fixed fee are:

    • Probate court fee of £155.00 (no VAT) plus £1.50 per additional copy of the Grant (usually two are requested so £158 in total).
    • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per Executor/Administrator) (No VAT).
    • Copy title deeds if the deceased owned a property and it is registered with the Land Registry (£3.00 per property).

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

As part of our fixed fee we will:

  • Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate solicitor to work on your matter.
  • Identify the legally appointed Executors or Administrators.
  • Accurately identify the type of probate application you will require.
  • Complete the probate application and the relevant HMRC (tax) forms.
  • Complete the online application on  your behalf and provide you with the statement of truth to be signed, or complete the application in paper form if the type of application required cannot be submitted online.
  • Make the application to the Probate Registry on your behalf.
  • Obtain the Grant and send court sealed copies to you.

This fixed fee quote is for estates where:

  • You provide to us all of the details of the net value of the estate. This includes all of the date of death balances for any bank accounts or policies, a valuation of any properties, and the debts of the estate.
  • There are no other intangible assets.
  • There are no disputes between Executors or Administrators. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs.
  • There is no inheritance tax payable.
  • There are no claims made against the estate.

On average, once the application is submitted to the Probate Registry it takes approximately four weeks for the Grant to be issued if there are no enquiries raised by the Registry. This can change if there are any delays at the Registry; for example due to COVID-19 it is currently taking about 8-12 weeks for Grants to be issued.

In addition, if the complex IHT400 form has to be completed, this must be sent to HMRC first and you must wait for 21 working days before you can submit the application to the Probate Registry.

We will provide you with the Grant and court sealed copies to allow you to administer the estate yourself, if that is what you choose.

Alternatively, we can take care of the whole process for you from start to finish. We can provide you with a fixed price quote for the full service once we have the additional information concerning the estate which you would otherwise take care of yourself.

For further information and a fixed price quote, please call us on 0151 239 1000 or complete the enquiry form on this page. At Canter Levin & Berg we understand that this can be a difficult and emotional time and we will make sure that the estate is dealt with sympathetically, efficiently and with the minimum of fuss at a time when you just want the job to be done properly, without having to worry about it.

Contact Candice Jones  – 0151 239 1198 / candicejones@canter-law.co.uk or complete the enquiry form on this page.

4. Applying for the Grant, administering the estate, collecting and distributing the assets

We anticipate this will take between 10 and 15 hours work at £195 per hour plus VAT and disbursements.

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, costs will be at the higher end.

We will handle the full process for you. This quote is for estates where:

  • There is no more than one property.
  • There are no more than five bank or building society accounts.
  • There are no other intangible assets.
  • There are 1-5 beneficiaries.
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs.
  • There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC.
  • There are no claims made against the estate.

Disbursements included in this fee:

  • Probate application fee of £155.00 (no VAT) plus £1.50 per additional copy of the Grant (usually two are requested to £158 in total).
  • Copy title deeds if the deceased owned property which is registered at the Land Registry (£3.00 per property)
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary) (no VAT).
  • Certainty will search (optional search to ensure that there is no will or later known will) – £95 plus VAT.
  • Asset search (optional search to ensure that there are no unknown assets) – £162 (no VAT).
  • Post in The London Gazette (optional to guard against unexpected claims from unknown creditors) – .£70 plus VAT.
  • Post in a local newspaper (optional to protect against unexpected claims) – typically £100 plus VAT.

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. As you can see above, the relevant charges do not attract VAT.

Potential additional costs

If inheritance tax is payable or there are any shareholdings (stocks and bonds) there are likely to be additional costs that could range significantly depending on the estate and how it is to be dealt with. We can give you a more accurate quote once we have more information.

Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.

How long will this take?

This often depends on how quickly third parties such as banks, insurance companies, share management companies etc. can provide us with the necessary information to prepare the Grant application. It is then subject to how long it takes the Probate Registry to issue the Grant (see above). On average, estates where inheritance tax is not payable and the estate is not dependent on the sale of a property before it can be distributed can take approximately 6-9 months.

Properties can only  be sold, or transferred to the beneficiaries, once the Grant has been issued.

Contact Candice Jones  – 0151 239 1198 / candicejones@canter-law.co.uk or complete the enquiry form on this page.

Team experience

Candice Jones – Head of Wills and Probate

Having qualified as a Solicitor in 2008 Candice has a wealth of experience, specialising in Wills, Probate, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection matters, as well as Civil Litigation and Conveyancing.

Candice has specialist experience of assisting with elderly and vulnerable clients, including work in association with Age UK.

Contact Us

Please contact Candice Jones on 0151 239 1198 or by email to candicejones@canter-law.co.uk if you would like to discuss the above quotes further, call us on 0151 239 1000, or complete the enquiry form at the top of this page.

*VAT is charged at the prevailing rate, which is currently 20%

Please note that we do not currently use conditional fee or damages based agreements for probate work.

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Candice Jones

Head of Wills and Probate

0151 239 1198