Fees are as follows:
(Single) Will – from £130.00
(Mirrored) Wills – from £160.00
(Mirrored) Wills plus Title Severance – from £250.00
(Single) Lasting Powers of Attorney (both Property & Finance) – from £350.00 (plus registration fees payable to the Office of the Public Guardian in the sum of £82.00
per Power x2)
(Double) Lasting Powers of Attorney (both Property & Finance) – from £450.00 (plus registration fees payable to the Office of the Public Guardian in the sum of £82.00 per Power x4 – Eg: husband and wife)
Registration of older style Enduring Powers of Attorney – from £200.00
Applications for Grant of Probate/Grant of Letters of Administration only – from £450.00 (plus issue fee payable to the Probate Court in the sum of £155.00 and £1.50 per additional official copy of the Grant required)
Applications for Grant of Probate/Grant of Letters of Administration plus support with estate administration – it is difficult to confirm a precise fixed fee in this type of instruction as it will depend upon how many assets/liabilities make up the estate. Typically however and as a guide, if an estate were to consist of 2-3 bank accounts/ investments and there is a will which left the estate to children or grandchildren etc, the likely fixed cost would be £650.00. If however, the estate was liable to Inheritance Tax and therefore required a full Inheritance Tax Account to be completed or there were significantly more beneficiaries for example, then costs would be higher. Again the disbursements would include the issue fee of £155.00 and £1.50 per additional official copy of the Grant. There may also be additional disbursements of £2.00 per person for a Bankruptcy Search and Advertising Fees when dealing with an estate where there is no Will.
Court of Protection Application, Appointment of Deputy – These charges are currently fixed by the Court, as ‘not exceeding the sum of £950.00 plus VAT’. Charges in this instruction would not therefore exceed the sum stated and there would not currently be any VAT payable.
There are additional costs to consider in an application to the Court of Protection. These include the following disbursements:-
Court issue fee – £365.00
Doctor’s fee for the completion of the Incapacity Certificate – this charge varies from one doctor to another, but by way of a guide, the charge tends not to exceed £150.00.
Supervision Fee – this is an on-going annual fee payable to the Court relating to its on-going supervision of the case. Again, this varies case by case as it is dependant upon the level of monies involved. As a guide however, this fee would not usually exceed £350.00 per annum.
Insurance Bond Fee – this is again an on-going annual fee payable to provide a level of insurance cover and is dependant upon the amount of monies at stake. As a guide, this fee would not usually exceed £200.00 per annum.
If permission of the Court is required to deal with a subsequent sale of a property, then there will also be additional fees associated with this.
Commercial Lease work, including Lease Drafting, Lease Renewal, Lease Transfer etc – Again, it can be very difficult to provide a precise fixed cost in a matter such as these as it depends upon the complexity of the particular matter and the volume of documentation to be read and considered. As a guide however, a typical lease renewal would be charged at a fixed fee of £500.00.