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Probate: Range of costs (with fixed fee for additional work) and fixed fee

Service Description

Probate – estate administration

Likely Timescales

Uncertain and dependent upon size and complexity of estate. Usual range of between 1 month to 12 months

Likely Disbursements

Court fee of £155 plus 50p for each additional sealed copy Grant.

£5 or £7 oath swearing fee (per executor)

Disbursements included in this fee:

  • Probate application fee of £155
  • £7 swearing of the oath (per executor)
  • Bankruptcy – only searches

£69.50 post in the London Gazette – protects against claim from unknown creditors

£143.28 post in a local newspaper (quote given is for the Harrogate Advertiser) – this also helps to protect against unexpected claims.

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.

Experience and Qualifications of individuals

Elaine Lightfoot – Partner and head of Private Client department. Elaine has more than 15 years post qualification experience in private client work, specialising in wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and probate/estate administration.

Basis of Charge (Hourly rate/fixed fee)

Hourly rate of £200 plus VAT

Total Costs or Likely Average Costs

Uncertain and dependent on size and complexity of estate including spread and nature of assets but estimates as follows:

  • £700 plus VAT and disbursements for Grant of Probate/Grant of Letters of Administration ONLY where the estate value is less than £325,000
  • £1500 - £2000 plus VAT and disbursements for Grant of Probate/Grant of Letters of Administration ONLY where the estate value is over £325,000

In respect of both fixed fees above we will complete the relevant documentation (oath for Executors/Personal Representatives and the relevant HMRC forms) on receipt of details of all assets and liabilities. Once all documentation is approved and signed by you, we will submit all relevant papers to HMRC, if necessary, and the Probate Registry in order to obtain the Grant of Probate/Grant of Letters of Administration.

£2000 plus VAT upwards and disbursements for full estate administration to include not only obtaining Grant but also obtaining valuations of assets & liabilities along with eventual distribution to beneficiaries. Charges depend upon the size, complexity and nature of the estate.

Dealing with the sale or transfer of the property in the estate is not included but quotes can be obtained from our conveyancing department.

For full estate administration we anticipate work to take between 10 and 50 hours with work being charged at £200 per hour plus VAT. In addition, there will be disbursements (third party costs) as per the disbursement column in the table. The exact cost of dealing with the full administration of an estate 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 if you so require but please note our fixed fee quotes guidance if you only wish us to assist you with obtaining the Grant of Probate/Grant of Letters of Administration. This quote is for estates where:

  • There is a valid will.
  • There is no more than one property.
  • There are no more than 10 bank or building society accounts.
  • There are no other intangible assets.
  • There are no more than 4 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
Potential additional costs
  • If there is no will or the estate consists of any share holdings (stocks and bonds) there is 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.
  • If any additional copies of the grant are required, they will cost 50p (1 copy per asset it usual).
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 3-6 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 3 weeks once details of all assets and liabilities have been obtained. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 2-4 weeks on average. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, the timing of which ranges depending on the variety of assets held and the number of beneficiaries. 

Conveyancing: Fixed fee/online quote generator

Conveyancing: Buying and Selling Residential Property

 



Our Fees When You Purchase Your New Home:

Our fees cover all of the work legal work needed to complete the purchase of your new home*, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and 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).  The precise stages involved vary according to circumstances but here is a list of the key stages by way of a guideline for purchase transactions:

  • 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
  • Make any necessary enquiries of seller's solicitor and obtain further documentation if required
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)
  • Draft a Transfer Deed
  • Advise you on joint ownership (if applicable)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Obtain pre-completion searches
  • Liaise with the lender and with you for all monies needed to be received
  • Complete your purchase
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry
  • Deal with necessary Notices if the property is Leasehold

* Sometimes additional fees are necessary because of additional legal services being provided.  For example, the purchase of a leasehold property involves us spending more time in progressing your matter, as does dealing with a management company for a freehold property or where there are no estate agents or the estate agents are ‘online’.  Another example is additional time being spent in dealing with a Help To Buy ISA

Please do not hesitate to telephone the Residential Property Team who will be happy to clarify any queries you may have. Click Here to view Kim Stockburn's profile.



Our Fees When You Sell Your Residential Property:

Our fees cover all of the work legal work needed to complete the sale residential property*, including checking your title documents and preparing a contract package to be sent to the buyer’s legal representative.  The precise stages involved vary according to circumstances but here is a list of the key stages by way of a guideline for purchase transactions:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Check your title documents
  • Send the contract papers to the buyer’s conveyancer
  • Deal with appropriate enquiries received from the buyer’s conveyancer and obtain further documentation if required
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Agree completion date (date from which you hand over the keys)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Liaise with the lender to arrange to repay your secured loans
  • Complete your sale and send you the net sale proceeds

* Sometimes additional fees are necessary because of additional legal services being provided.  For example, the sale of a leasehold property involves us spending more time in progressing your matter, as does dealing with a management company for a freehold property or where there are no estate agents or the estate agents are ‘online’

Please do not hesitate to telephone the Residential Property Team who will be happy to clarify any queries you may have. Click Here to view Kim Stockburn's profile.


Our fees assume 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
  • The transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complications arise
  • The title to the property is registered in full with the Land Registry
  • If leasehold, it is an existing Lease rather than a new Lease
  • 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
  • The property is not being sold or purchased at auction
  • The property is not part of a shared-ownership scheme
  • You have provided correct information and documents and that your requirements do not change significantly

Please do not hesitate to telephone the Residential Property Team who will be happy to clarify any queries you may have.Click Here to view Kim Stockburn's profile.


Disbursements:

Disbursements are costs relating to your matter which are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees and Stamp Duty. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process

Stamp Duty:

This depends on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC's website or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority's website


Disbursements When Buying a Leasehold Property:

If you are buying a leasehold property some additional disbursements will be set out in the lease.  Some examples of these leasehold disbursements which may apply are set out separately below:

  • Notice of Transfer fee – this fee (if any) is set out in the Lease or will be notified as part of the conveyancing process.  Often the fee is between £50 to £150
  • Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged) – this fee (if any) is set out in the Lease or will be notified as part of the conveyancing process.  Often the fee is between £50 to £150
  • Deed of Covenant fee – this fee (if any) will be notified by the management company or freeholder and can be difficult to estimate.  Often the fee is between £150 to £250.  (Sometimes the management company or freeholder will ask us to prepare the Deed of Covenant document for which we would charge in the region of £200 plus VAT dependent upon the Lease provisions)
  • Certificate of Compliance fee – this fee (if any) will be notified by the management company or freeholder as part of the conveyancing process.  Often the fee is between £50 to £150

This list is not exhaustive and other disbursements may apply depending on the terms of the lease. We will update you on the specific fees when the information is available from the seller's solicitors

Please do not hesitate to telephone the Residential Property Team who will be happy to clarify any queries you may have. Click Here to view Kim Stockburn's profile.



Disbursements When Selling a Leasehold Property:

If you are selling a leasehold property some additional disbursements will be set out in the lease.  Some examples of these leasehold disbursements which may apply are set out separately below:

  • Purchaser Information Pack (sometimes called LPE1) – this fee (if any) will be notified by the management company or freeholder and can be difficult to estimate.  Often the fee is between £150 to £250
  • Contingency Fee – this fee (if any) is set out in the Lease and will be confirmed by the management company or the freeholder as part of the conveyancing process.  Often the fee is a percentage pf the sale price

This list is not exhaustive and other disbursements may apply depending on the terms of the lease. We will update you on the specific fees when the information is available from the management company or freeholder

Please do not hesitate to telephone the Residential Property Team who will be happy to clarify any queries you may have. Click Here to view Kim Stockburn's profile.


How Long Will It Take?

If you are buying, 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 six to eight 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 vacant property with a mortgage in principle, it could take five weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take between two and three months and may incur additional charges.  Similarly, if you are selling your property these time constraints will apply

Please do not hesitate to telephone the Residential Property Team who will be happy to clarify any queries you may have


Ground Rent and Service Charge:

If you are buying a leasehold property ground rent and service charges a likely to apply throughout your ownership.  We will confirm the ground rent and anticipated service charge as soon as we receive this information

Please do not hesitate to telephone the Residential Property Team who will be happy to clarify any queries you may have Click Here

Employment tribunal: Range of costs

Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal

Simple case: £4,000-£5,000 (excluding VAT)

Medium complexity case: £5,000-£10,000 (excluding VAT)

High complexity case: £10,000-£15,000 (excluding VAT)

Factors that could make a case more complex:

  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim
  • Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person
  • Making or defending a costs application
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties)
  • The number of witnesses and documents
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £1,500 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 2-3 days depending on the complexity of your case although some cases can require longer hearings.

Disbursements

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.

Counsel's fees estimated of between £1,500 to £2,000 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation)

Key stages

The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:

  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)
  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;
  • Preparing claim or response
  • Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
  • Preparing or considering a schedule of loss
  • Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing
  • Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents
  • Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses
  • Preparing bundle of documents
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party's witness statements
  • Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
  • Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel

The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your individual needs.

How long will my matter take?

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 4 to 8 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 20-26 weeks. This is just an estimate and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.  The timescale will amongst other things depend on which Tribunal office is dealing with your case.

Who will do my work and at what rate?

The work will be carried out by Sara Morgan.  Sara has more than 37 years post qualification experience.   Usually work will be carried out on an hourly rates basis ranging from £200 - £250 per hour plus VAT.

Range of fees for a business to business debt that is undisputed

Court Claims

These costs apply where your claim is in relation to an unpaid invoice which is not disputed and enforcement action is not needed. If the other party disputes your claim at any point, we will discuss any further work required and provide you with revised advice about costs if necessary, which could be on a fixed fee (e.g. if a one off letter is required), or an hourly rate if more extensive work is needed.

Debt value Court fee Our usual fee range (incl VAT) Total usual range (incl. VAT)
Up to £5,000 Up to £205 From £600 to £4,800 (VAT range from £100 to £800) From £805 to £5,005
£5,001 - £10,000 Up to £455 From £600 to £4,800 (VAT range from £100 to £800) From £805 to £5,255
£10,001 - £50,000 5% of the value of the claim £600 up to £10,800 (VAT range from £100 to £1,800) From £600 to £10,800 plus the court fee of 5% of the value of the claim.
£50,001 - £100,1000 5% of the value of the claim £600 up to £18,000 (VAT range from £100 to £3,000) From £600 to £18,000 plus the court fee of 5% of the value of the claim.

 

Disbursements which may also be required in addition are:
  • Counsel’s fees should a Default Judgment hearing be listed and the parties required to attend. These could range from £500 plus VAT to £2,000 plus VAT subject to the complexity of the Judgment hearing.
  • Land Registry search fees of up to £50.
  • Tracing Agent fees to locate your debtor of up to £150 plus VAT.
Anyone wishing to proceed with a claim should note that:
  • The VAT element of our fee cannot always be reclaimed from your debtor.
  • Interest and compensation may take the debt into a higher banding, with a higher cost.
  • The costs quoted above are not for matters where enforcement action, such as the bailiff, is needed to collect your debt.
Our fee includes:
  • Taking your instructions and reviewing documentation
  • Undertaking appropriate searches
  • Sending a letter before action
  • Receiving payment and sending onto you, or if the debt is not paid, drafting and issuing claim
  • Where no Acknowledgment of Service or Defence is received, applying to the court to enter Judgement in default
  • When Judgement in default is received, write to the other side to request payment
  • If payment is not received within 14 days, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs

Matters usually take 2 - 18 weeks from receipt of instructions from you to receipt of payment from the other side, depending on whether or not it is necessary to issue a claim. This is on the basis that the other side pays promptly on receipt of Judgement in default. If enforcement action is needed, the matter will take longer to resolve.

Who will do my work and at what rate?

The work will be carried out by Philip Edmondson (Partner with more than 8 years post qualification experience) and William Bates (Solicitor with more than one year’s post qualification experience) [Click Here to view Philip Edmondson's profile and Click Here to view Will Bates's profile].  Usually work will be carried out on an hourly rates basis ranging from £165 - £210 per hour plus VAT.

Fixed Fee for Guilty Plea at Magistrates Court for Driving Matters such as drink drive and drive without due care and attention – Fixed Fee £500 plus VAT

Fee Includes:

  • 2 hours attendance and preparation, attendance and representation at a single hearing at the magistrates court;
  • Considering evidence;
  • Considering instructions;
  • Providing advice on likely sentence

The fee does not include:

  • Instruction of any expert witnesses;
  • Taking statements from any witnesses;
  • Advice and assistance in relation to special reasons, exceptional hardship hearings, advice and assistance in relation to any appeal;

The Key stage between matters are based on the presumption that you will be entering a guilty plea and have a date for your hearing.

  • Meet with your solicitor to provide instructions on what happened;
  • Will consider the initial disclosure and any other evidence provided;
  • Arranging to take any witness statements if necessary (this will be an additional cost at an hourly rate depending on the fee earner conducting your matter);
  • We will explain the court procedure so that 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 timescale for when your hearing will take place, this will depend on the court listings for the day;
  • We will attend court on the day and meet with you before going to court, you can anticipate being at court for half a day, but this depends on the court listings;
  • We will discuss the outcome with you and if advice is required on appeal we will carry out this at an additional cost (this is to be carried out at the hourly rate of the fee earner conducting your matter)

Please note that this fixed fee is for work conducted at Harrogate Magistrates Court.  We are more than happy to conduct work at any magistrates court, however this will incur additional travel costs.  We shall discuss this with you and agree a fee for our travel costs before we conduct any work on your behalf.

Work on these set matters will be conducted by:

Geoff Rogers [Click Here to view Profile]

Peter Minnikin [Click Here to view Profile]

Sean Wilson [Click Here to view Profile]

Sean Hutton [Click Here to view Profile]

Brian Nuttney [Click Here to view Profile]

Any work carried out on an hourly rate basis will be between £170 and £260.

All work will be ultimately supervised by Geoff Rogers or Peter Minnikin.