Wills & Probate
It’s very easy to put off the making of a will until another day in the busyness of modern life. But take a moment to think about what this could mean for loved ones and dependants close to you.
At a time of the loss of a loved one, the last thing you would want is for your family and dependants to be left in a position of uncertainty or financial insecurity, particularly if you have children.
By making a will you can give certainty as to your intentions and appoint a Legal Guardian for your children where appropriate. Yes, you can buy a DIY pack to prepare your own will, but given the potential complexities of loosely written provisions, we believe we can work with you to produce a will that gives you and your family certainty, peace of mind and the feeling of money well spent.
Get in touch with Gill Hall to book an appointment to see Richard Holt if you wish to either make or revisit a will you have made.
There can be few more distressing times than to experience the loss of a loved one. The paperwork that follows can be confusing, daunting and for some just too much at such an emotional time.
Our qualified experts are available to you locally on a day by day basis, to assist to what capacity is required. Whether or not help is needed to obtain a Grant of Probate or to administer the estate, they are to hand to deal with any queries and are locally renowned for their empathetic approach.
Unfortunately, life does not always go as planned. Some people just never get round to making a will, perhaps not expecting to need one quite so soon. Where a person dies without making a will, instead of making their own decisions as to the distribution of their assets, the law imposes mandatory rules as to how the monies must be divided.
This can lead to some arbitrary results and to feelings of injustice and financial hardship for some. At a time of incredible stress and with conflicts sometimes between family members, it is really important to be able to receive clearheaded practical advice to seek an early resolution.
We are able to advise and represent where appropriate on court applications to either defend the estate or represent a dependant who has not been sufficiently provided for. Our team have extensive court experience in all areas of contested probate work. They endeavor to resolve what are often family disputes sensitively and with an empathetic approach reducing tensions and conflict where possible.
Fees for Will and Probate Services
In certain matters, we act on a fixed fee basis. These circumstances are as follows:
Wills Fixed Fee (including VAT)
Single will £119.50
Mirror will £203.00
The above fees include registration with Certainty National Will database.
Lasting Powers of Attorney Fee (+VAT)
Couple 1 LPA £550 each
Couple 2 LPAs £750 each
Single person 1 LPA £350
Single person 2 LPAs £550
Appointment of a Deputy by application to Court of Protection £950 (+ VAT)
All other work is charged on an hourly rate basis as set out below.
Hourly Rate Probate Services
Our charges will be calculated mainly by reference to the time spent by me and other solicitors and executive staff dealing with this matter. This includes advising, attending on you and others, dealing with papers, correspondence, telephone calls, emails, travelling and waiting time. A list of this firm’s categories of staff and our hourly charge rates and the rates for routine letters and telephone calls are as follows:-
Solicitors with over eight years post qualification experience including at least 8 years litigation experience: £201.00
Solicitors and legal executives with over four years post qualification experience including at least 4 years litigation experience: £177.00
Other solicitors and legal executives and fee earners of equivalent experience: £146.00
Trainee solicitors, paralegals and fee earners of equivalent experience: £111.00
Routine letters and emails that we write, and routine telephone calls that we make and receive will be charged as units of 1/10 of an hour. Other letters and calls will be charged on a time basis.