1 Berridge Street, Leicester, LE1 5JT

Telephone: 0116 262 6052

lbacon@shbsolicitors.co.uk  

Salusbury Harding & Barlow is the trading name of SHB Solicitors Limited a company registered in England & Wales - No. 9155072

 

Our registered office is at 1 Berridge Street, Leicester, LE1 5JT

Authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority - N0: 615081

Also at 3 Wycliffe Street, Leicester, LE1 5LR 

​​​​© 2016 SHB Solicitors Limited

Costs for Making a Will and/or a Lasting Power of Attorney

 

Simple Will - £170 to £220 plus vat

Simple mirror Wills - £290 to £340 plus vat

Simple Will and 1 LPA - £520 plus VAT

Simple Will and 2 LPAs  - £720 plus VAT

Simple mirror Wills and 2 LPAs -  £790 plus vat

Simple mirror Wills and 4 LPAs - £1140 plus vat

Single LPA - £400 plus VAT

2 LPAs - £600 plus VAT

4 LPAs - £1000 plus VAT

There is also a fee of £82.00 to pay to the Office of the Public Guardian for each LPA that is registered, unless an exemption applies.

If you require a more complicated Will to be prepared we will provide you with an estimate of our likely fees.

Please contact Sandra Young, Lisa Bacon or Clive Cook by telephone or email to discuss any queries that you may have.

 

Probate (uncontested)

1. Applying for the grant only

We offer a fixed quote for obtaining the grant of probate.

Our fees will be £500 + vat + the probate application fee*.

*we can advise how much this government fee will be on a case specific basis

 

This only applies if:

  • There is a valid will

  • 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

  • All assets are in the UK

  • You provide us with the date of death value of each asset in the estate

 

As part of our fixed fee service we will:

  • Advise on the type of probate application you will require

  • Prepare and complete the relevant documents for the application for the grant

  • Submit all the relevant documents to the probate court together with the probate court fee

  • Obtain the grant and provide you with copies so that you can administer the estate

 

2.  Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets

  • Our charges are calculated at £220 per hour + vat.

  • Our charges do not depend on the value of the estate.

  • Total costs will depend on the individual circumstances of the estate. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be lower. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, costs will be higher. We will handle the full process for you.

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We shall be pleased to provide you with an estimate of our fees once we have details of the estate and the number of beneficiaries. As a guide only, our fees are likely to be in approximately £1000-£1500 plus VAT if:

  • There is a valid will

  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries in relation to the 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

  • All assets are in the UK

  • There is no more than one property

  • There are bank or building society accounts with no more than 5 institutions

  • There are no other intangible assets

  • There are no more than 5 beneficiaries

 

As part of our service we will provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate solicitor or legal executive to work on your matter, identify the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries and accurately identify the type of Probate application you will require. We will then obtain the relevant documents required to make the application, complete the Probate application and the relevant HMRC forms for you to sign, submit the application to the Probate Court on your behalf, obtain the Probate and report this to you. We will then collect and distribute all assets in the estate.

 

In addition to our costs, disbursements will be incurred:

  • Government Probate application fee

  • Bankruptcy searches (£2 per beneficiary)

  • If you require a public notice to be placed in the London Gazette which helps to protect against unexpected claims from unknown creditors we will advise of the cost involved.

  • If you require a public notice to be placed in a Local Newspaper which also helps to protect against unexpected claims from unknown creditors we will advise of the cost involved.

  • 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.

 

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 £0.50 each (1 per asset usually).

  • If there are assets outside the UK this will involve additional work and costs.

  • If someone makes a claim against the estate or the executors.

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

 

How long will this take?

The length of time that it takes to obtain the grant and administer the estate depends on the complexity of the estate, the number and type of assets in the estate, the number of beneficiaries, whether there are any creditors etc. Once we have all the relevant details from you we will provide you with an estimate of how long it is likely to take to obtain the grant and to administer the estate.