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How We Charge2019-01-02T14:16:08+00:00

How We Charge

For much of the work we undertake here at Roche Legal, we can offer a fixed fee. This is usually where the work is quantifiable from the outset, for example, when we are preparing documentation for you, such as a Will or Lasting Power of Attorney.

For non-fixed fee work, we charge based on our time spent on your matter in accordance with our hourly rates applicable at the time. We may also charge a value element.

Wills

Our charges for all Wills include registration with the Certainty National Will Register and storage of your original signed Will.

Where a solicitor acts on your matter, our prices are as follows:

Standard single Will

from £195

per person plus VAT

Standard mirror Will

from £345

per couple plus VAT

Where a director acts on your matter, our prices are as follows:

Standard single Will

from £250

per person plus VAT

Standard mirror Will

from £400

per couple plus VAT

Bespoke Wills:

A standard Will does not involve Trusts, specific bequests, complex assets, tax matters or advice about business assets; any additional costs will always be clearly set out prior to any work commencing.

Where your Will is more complicated, our costs may be higher, but we will usually be able to offer a fixed fee once we have discussed the matter with you and have a better idea of what your needs are.

As a guide, if your Will needs to include trusts (unless this is a simple trust for a young child), if you have assets abroad to consider, or where your affairs are particularly complex, then our charges are likely to be in the region of £500-£600 plus VAT per Will, but may be less. This of course includes all meetings, correspondence, comprehensive advice, registration of your Will with Certainty National Will Register and storage of your Will on our secure premises for as long as you need.

Additional charges:

In some cases, there will be additional charges for preparing associated documents such as Letters of Wishes, or Witness Summaries, where you wish to set out certain instructions to your executors separately to in your Will, or where there is a likelihood of a dispute arising after your death.

Lasting Power of Attorneys

Our charges are for the preparation and registration of each LPA.

Where a solicitor acts on your matter, our prices are as follows:

Property & Financial

from £425

per person plus VAT

Health & Welfare

from £425

per person plus VAT

Both Types of LPA

from £600

per person plus VAT

Both Types of LPA

from £1200

per couple plus VAT

Where a director acts on your matter, our prices are as follows:

Property & Financial

from £500

per person plus VAT

Health & Welfare

from £500

per person plus VAT

Both Types of LPA

from £700

per person plus VAT

Both Types of LPA

from £1400

per couple plus VAT

Registration Fee

The fee payable to the Office of the Public Guardian for registering each LPA is currently £82. In some cases, you may be entitled to a fee exemption or reduction, dependent on your financial circumstances.

You do not have to register the document straightaway but we strongly recommend that you do to ensure that there are no delays if your Attorneys need to use the LPAs in future.

Grant of Probate Service

We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining a Grant of Administration on you behalf. These fees assume that you will provide us with all of the information we need about the assets.

No inheritance tax to pay and a short-form Return of Estate Information is required.

£995

plus VAT & Expenses

A long-form Inheritance Tax is required and/or there is Inheritance Tax to pay.

Between £1,500 – £3,995

plus VAT & Expenses

Expenses

Our expenses only apply for the These are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties. We handle the payment of expenses on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.The likely expenses payable are:

HM Land Registry Office Copies £3 each
HM Land Registry Office Copies £3 each
Probate Court fee £155
Swear fee £10
Settlement fee £12
Additional copies of the Grant 50p each

Dependant on the composition of the estate, there may also be expenses associated with valuing assets such as property and shares. We will deal with obtaining the requisite valuations as part of dealing with the estate. The associated expenses will vary depending on the circumstances.

There is a postage charge for Royal Mail Special Delivery at the prevailing rate, as we send all of our applications to the Probate Registry by secure post for your peace of mind. Additional postage charges may also apply where it is prudent to send additional documents or correspondence by secure post during the matter.

If any further expenses are required, we will tell you what they are for and how much they will be as soon as we can.

Administration of Estates

Where you need us to deal with the full administration of an estate, including obtaining a Grant of Probate, collecting and distributing the assets, our fees are based on our hourly rates applicable at the time, which are:

Type Hourly Rate
Solicitor Director
(Rachel Roche)
£230 plus VAT (non-contested)
£260 plus VAT (contested)
Senior Solicitor
(Victoria Trelease)
£200 plus VAT (non-contested)
£230 plus VAT (non-contested)
Solicitor Consultant £200 plus VAT (non-contested)
£230 plus VAT (non-contested)
Solicitor
(Melanie Pickering)
£170 plus VAT (non-contested)
£200 plus VAT (contested)
Trainee Solicitor / Paralegal £120 plus VAT (non-contested)
£150 plus VAT (contested)
Junior Paralegal / Legal Assistant
(Karen Chirnside)
£80 plus VAT

Example case:

Where the estate is fairly straight-forward, it will usually take between 20 to 30 hours work at the hourly rates above. If a Senior Solicitor works on your matter, the total legal fees would be between £4,000 to £6,000 plus VAT and expenses.

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 and could indeed be more.

We will handle the full process for you. The above cost indication is for estates where:

  • There is a valid Will
  • There is no more than one property
  • There are no more than 5 bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are no more than 5 beneficiaries
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this will increase the costs
  • There are no claims made against the estate

Where a Director of the firm has the added responsibility of acting as an Executor, a value element is charged in addition to the hourly rates:

Type Value Element
Cash and assets 2.5% of gross value
Property 2% of gross value

Great care is taken to ensure that fees charged are both fair and reasonable to beneficiaries and to ourselves for work done, taking into account all the circumstances of the case.

Expenses

Our expenses only apply for the costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties. We handle the payment of expenses on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.The likely expenses payable are:

HM Land Registry Office Copies £3 each
HM Land Registry Office Copies £3 each
Probate Court fee £155
Swear fee £10
Settlement fee £12
Additional copies of the Grant 50p each

Dependant on the composition of the estate, there may also be expenses associated with valuing assets such as property and shares. We will deal with obtaining the requisite valuations as part of dealing with the estate. The associated expenses will vary depending on the circumstances.

There is a postage charge for Royal Mail Special Delivery at the prevailing rate, as we send all of our applications to the Probate Registry by secure post for your peace of mind. Additional postage charges may also apply where it is prudent to send additional documents or correspondence by secure post during the matter.

If any further expenses are required, we will tell you what they are for and how much they will be as soon as we can.

Our hourly rates

Where our hourly rates apply to your matter, these are currently as follows:

Type Hourly Rate
Solicitor Director
(Rachel Roche)
£230 plus VAT (non-contested)
£260 plus VAT (contested)
Senior Solicitor
(Victoria Trelease)
£200 plus VAT (non-contested)
£230 plus VAT (non-contested)
Solicitor Consultant £200 plus VAT (non-contested)
£230 plus VAT (non-contested)
Solicitor
(Melanie Pickering)
£170 plus VAT (non-contested)
£200 plus VAT (contested)
Trainee Solicitor / Paralegal £120 plus VAT (non-contested)
£150 plus VAT (contested)
Junior Paralegal / Legal Assistant
(Karen Chirnside)
£80 plus VAT

Frequently Asked Questions

All our charges are subject to VAT.

In many cases, before we can start work for you we will ask you for a payment on account for all or part of our fees. You can make a payment online via bank transfer.

Where your matter is urgent, an uplift may apply so that we can turn the work around for you in the short period of time required.

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