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The team  has over  20  years of collective experience  in dealing with  high quality work in all matters  relating to   probate    and  estate  matters.

There  are two members of the team  who may work on your behalf  :

Richard McConnell  - Director

Anita   Lovely  Kumrai – solicitor 

Probate ( uncontested  cases with all assets  in the UK )

We anticipate this will take between   6 – 10  hours  of work  Total costs /legal fees   estimated at 250 per hour   (+VAT).

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 a valid will
  • There is no more than one property
  • There are no more than 3  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
  • All assets are in the  UK 

Disbursements included in this fee:

  • Probate application fee of £ 155 plus £5 for ten additional copies
  • £7.50 Swearing of the oath (per executor)
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)
  • £250 Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.
  • £250 Post in a Local Newspaper – 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.

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 £5 ( for ten copies y).
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.

How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 3-12  months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes  3 to 6 months . Collecting assets then follows, which can take between   3- 6 months weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes  2 months.

Example template (fixed fee)

Probate

We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf. We will also undertake the collecting and distributing of assets.

How much does this service cost?

TOTAL: fixed fee of £X (incl. VAT).

This includes: obtaining the grant, collecting assets and distributing them.

Breakdown of costs:

Legal fees £2500  ( on basis of   10 hours )

VAT on legal fees £500

Disbursements (£  in total):

  • Probate court fee of £ 155 plus £5 for copies.
  • £7.50 Swearing of the oath (per executor).
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary).
  • £250  Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.
  • £250 Post in a Local Newspaper – 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.

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 and beneficiaries
  • Accurately identify the type of Probate application you will require
  • Obtain the relevant documents required to make the application
  • Complete the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms
  • Draft a legal oath for you to swear
  • Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf
  • Obtain the Probate and securely send two copies to you
  • Collect and distribute all assets in the estate

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within  3-12  months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes   3 months to  6 months depending on the esate .  Collecting assets then follows, which can take between X-X weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes X-X weeks.

Our fees cover all the work* required 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 is in Wales.

Conveyancer's fees and disbursements

Property Value Charge

Fee exclusive of VAT

up to £400,000

£1125.00

£400,000 - £600,000

£1225.00

£600,000 - £800,000

£1425..00

£800,000 - £1m

£1575.00

£1m - £1.5m

£2075.00

£1.5m - £2m

£2300.00

£2m – 3m

£2700.00

Over £3m

we are happy to discuss and agree our fee

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.

  • HM Land Registry fee: £20 to 910 depending on price 
  • Search fees: £350 circa
  • VAT on search fees £70
  • Electronic money transfer fee: £21
  • VAT £4.20
  • Subtotal: £ 465.20 to  £1355.20  (

Anticipated Disbursements*

  • Notice of Transfer fee – This fee if chargeable is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £35and £200 .
  • Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged) – This fee is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £35.00 and £200 per notice
  • 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 £50.00 and £350.
  • Certificate of Compliance fee - To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, as can range between ££50.00 and £350.00.

*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 charge are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the property. We will confirm the ground rent and the anticipated service charge as soon as this 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 website or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority's website.

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential leasehold property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have suggested some key stages that you may wish to include:

  • 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
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Draft Transfer
  • Advise you on joint ownership
  • Obtain pre-completion searches
  • Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you
  • Complete purchase
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry

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  4- 16  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 12  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:

  1. 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
  2. this is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease
  3. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise
  4. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
  5. no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

Our fees cover all the work required to complete a re-mortgage of your home ( changing from one lender to another ) or a mortgage ( you are taking  out a mortgage and there is no current mortgage on your home ) 

Our fees will range from  £350 - £750 exclusive of vat. The fee will depend on whether the property is freehold or leasehold and any particular requirements of the new lender .

Disbursements

Searches circa £350
                  Vat  £70
Land Registry fee £20 - £250   ( depending on the amount of the new mortgage )
Land Registry search  £4
Bankruptcy search £2 per name
Bank  transfer fee £21
                       Vat £4.20
Notice of charge ( if leasehold  ) £30 - £200

Our Conveyancing Team has over 60 years of collective experience in delivering a high quality service dealing with both freehold and leasehold transactions. This includes sales and purchases, mortgages and re-mortgages.

We have six members in the Department who may work on your matter, the Supervisor is Richard McConnell. The team is as follows:-

Richard McConnell - Director/Head of Department 

Richard Greenby - Partner

Jeremy Galman - Partner

Naziana Ayed - Solicitor

Tia Lim-Watts - Trainee Solicitor

Navdeep Singh Shihn - Trainee Solicitor

ALL TRANSACTIONS

You will have to budget for both our fees and disbursements which are incidental standard costs payable to third parties e.g. Local Authorities, Land Registry and Inland Revenue. We, as the acting Solicitors in the transaction, handle the disbursements on your behalf in order to ensure a smoother process

FEES

These are linked to the price or value of the property and in order to assist you the following table sets out our current fee structure. All fees are exclusive of VAT. We strive to ensure that you have the best possible information about the likely overall cost both at the time you instruct us and, when appropriate, as the matter progresses. In the majority of cases we act for any Lender/Mortgagee which you may have but should this not be the case, and we shall advise you as soon as we know, then an Additional Independent Lender Charge of £150 will apply

SALES AND PURCHASES

Property ValueFreeholdAdditional Leasehold Charge
Up to £400,000 £1025 £100
£400,000 to £600,000 £1075 £150
£600,000 to £800,000 £1275 £150
£800,000 to £1m £1375 £200
£1m to £1,5m £1875 £200
£1.5m to £2m £2100 £200

Over £2m we are happy to discuss and agree our fee.

MORTGAGES AND RE-MORTGAGES - £550

It is most important you appreciate that the above quotations are on the basis that the transaction proceeds in a timely manner with no unforeseen technical or other issues arising which result in unusually protracted correspondence. You will be advised of any unforeseen complexity arising at the very earliest opportunity. Most transactions completed within 4 to 16 weeks and for this reason we reserve the right to review our quotation if completion has not taken place within 6 months of initial instructions.

In addition we deal with shared ownership schemes, help to buy, new builds and problem-solving where property is involved and for these matters we are once again happy to agree fees

DISBURSEMENTS

The standard disbursements anticipated for a purchase transaction are set out below. The list is not exhaustive and other disbursements may apply depending on the particular circumstances including referral fees about which you will be advised in our client care letter and indemnity policies if required.

Search fees             Approx. £400- 500

Land Registry Search          £4

Bankruptcy search per name    £2

Bank transfer fee £21 plus VAT

Land Registry fee ranging between £20 and £910

Stamp Duty Land Tax – this is quite complicated to calculate.  You can check the HMRC website or give us a call.

If a LEASEHOLD property there are additional disbursements as stipulated in the Lease.  Notices of Transfer and Charge £35 to £200 per notice, Deeds of Covenant £50 to £350 and Certificates of Compliance £50 to £350 

STAGES OF THE PROCESS

  • Taking your instructions  and  providing  initial advice
  • Completing our  AML checks 
  • Receiving the draft papers from the sellers  solicitors
  • Arranging all relevant searches
  • Investigation of title and raising all relevant and additional enquiries
  • Consideration of mortgage  offer  ( if relevant )  and survey
  • Preparing for exchange of contracts and arranging for signing of the contract
  • Exchange of contract
  • Post exchange and  pre  completion work  such as pre completion searches , drafting  the transfer deed ,  raising  requisitions on title , preparing completion statement and requesting  the  mortgage funds from the lender
  • Arranging for signing of transfer deed and mortgage deed
  • Receiving the mortgage advance   and any  balance from you
  • Completion of the purchase
  • Post completion arranging    the payment of the SDLT or LTT  and  registration at  HM Land Registry.

Drink driving offence, guilty plea – fixed fee of between £750 plus VAT and £1250 plus VAT depending on court location.

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:

  • instruction of any expert witnesses
  • taking statements from any witnesses
  • advice and assistance in relation to a special reasons hearing
  • advice or assistance in relation to any appeal

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 dependant on the complexity of the case and the level of fee earner dealing with the matter..
  • 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.

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