Wills and probate

Wills

We write plain English wills which are jargon free and easy to understand.  For a simple will for one person, our fees are typically £200 including VAT.  Our fees may be more if the will is more complex, for example requiring inheritance tax planning, or if a home or hospital visit is required.

Probate work

Applying for the legal right to deal with someone’s money, home and other possessions (their ‘estate’) when they die is called ‘applying for probate’.

In most cases we don’t charge a flat percentage of the value of the estate as each case will require a different amount of work we can only give an estimate of the likely costs here.  A more tailored price will be provided once we have discussed the estate with you.  If a fee is based on a percentage of the estate we will agree this with you.

The time to administer an estate varies and no two estates are the same. For this reason it is difficult to give an accurate estimate of the time it will take to complete the administration. If tax is payable the time will usually be greater than for a simple estate. An average would be between 6 to 12 months but it may be less or more.

We would typically charge for the work we do at an hourly rate of £200.  For a simple estate where no inheritance tax is payable and all the estate is in England our fees for obtaining probate would range between £750 – £1,500.

For taking steps to gather in the estate, paying liabilities and preparing the estate accounts and distributing the estate to the beneficiaries, our fees would be a further £1,000 – £3,000. VAT (currently 20%) will be added to our fees. If ther are overseas assets or the estate is contested, prices will be higher.

The work will be carried out by Adil Vittachi – the principal of the firm who is a solicitor who qualified in 1984 or by Alex Symeon, a licenced conveyancer who is authorised to do probate and will work.

Our fees do not include selling a property where our standard conveyancing fees will apply. 

In addition there will be amounts that are needed to be paid to third parties. These are typically:

Probate registry fee – £155 (plus £5 for copies).  The Government are looking to increase these fees substantially in 2019)

Bank money transfers £18 each (charged at cost and includes VAT). If an advertisement is to be placed in the London Gazette to notify potential creditors, this will be charged at cost – around £100.