In accordance with SRA requirements, we aim to provide guidance about likely costs for certain types of work.
Please note that the information here is a guide to show the normal rage of costs for different kinds of work.
Except where a fixed fee is agreed, the actual costs in your case may be lower, or higher, that those set out below, depending on your specific needs and the details of the work you ask us to carry out, . In all cases, when you instruct us to carry out work for you, we will provide you with a tailored, written, costs estimate as part of our client care letter, which will set out details of the likely costs, and the person who will be carrying out the work, based on the specific instructions you give and the work you want us to do for you.
Applying for the Grant, Collecting and Distributing the Assets
We anticipate this will take between 10 and 20 hours work at £200.75* per hour (depending on which fee earner is doing the work, as the hourly rate differs). Total costs estimated at £2,000 to £4,000 (+ 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 estimate is for an estate where:
Anticipated disbursements (not included in this fee):
(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
How Long Will This Take?
On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6-12 months, depending on number of assets. Typically, obtaining the Grant of Probate takes 4-6 weeks. #Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 4-6 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 4-6 weeks.
*This is an average hourly rate: The specific rate will depend on the person carrying out the work. Hourly Rates are currently: Partners:£225 plus VAT, Solicitors:£201 plus VAT, FILEX £192 plus VAT CILEX and other legal esecutives £185 plus VAT
In some cases is not advisable to distribute until at least six months after the grant of probate. If this is applicable to your case, we will let you know.
We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf.
How Much Does This Service Cost?
TOTAL: Fixed fee of £1,200 (inclusive of VAT).
This includes: obtaining the Grant only.
Breakdown of costs:
Legal fees £1,000
VAT on legal fees £200
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.
Disbursements are not included in the fixed fee . the usual; disbursement for obtaining a grant of probate are:
As part of our fixed fee we will:
On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 1 to 2 months (from receipt of all the relevant information from you). Typically, obtaining the Grant of Probate takes 2 to 4 weeks.
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.
Up to £5,000
5% value of the claim plus VAT, subject to a minimum of £195 plus VAT
£5,001 - £10,000
5% value of the claim plus VAT
£10,001 - £50,000
5% value of the claim
5% value of the claim plus VAT
Anyone wishing to proceed with a claim should note that:
Our fee includes:
Matters usually take 4-12 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.
Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal
Simple case: £1,500 - £3,000 (excluding VAT)
A more complex case: £3,000-£5,000 (excluding VAT)
Factors that could make a case more complex:
There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £1500 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 1-3 days depending on the complexity of your case.
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 ( Barristers) fees estimated between £1,500 to £2,500 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation)
The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:
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 between 1 and 3 months. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 6 and 12 months. 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.
We want to give you the best possible service. However, if at any point you become unhappy or concerned about the service we have provided then you should inform us immediately, so that we can do our best to resolve the problem.
In the first instance, you should usually contact the person who is working on your case to discuss your concerns and we will do our best to resolve any issues at this stage If you have not been able to resolve the issue with the person dealing with your matter, then you can make a formal complaint. We sent you details of the process in the client care letter and terms of business sent to you when your file was opened, and you can also read our full complaints procedure here. Making a complaint will not affect how we handle your case.
What do to if we cannot resolve your complaint
The Legal Ombudsman can help you if we are unable to resolve your complaint ourselves. They will look at your complaint independently and it will not affect how we handle your case.
Before accepting a complaint for investigation, the Legal Ombudsman will check that you have tried to resolve your complaint with us first.
If you have, then you must take your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman:
Within six months of receiving a final response to your complaint
No more than six years from the date of act/omission; or
No more than three years from when you should reasonably have known there was cause for complaint.
If you would like more information about the Legal Ombudsman, please contact them.
Call: 0300 555 0333 between 9am to 5pm.
Legal Ombudsman PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ
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You can raise your concerns with the Solicitors Regulation Authority.