Our Charges

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

I am an individual

We are a couple

Standard Will

In person, virtual or online

£250
(Plus VAT)

Standard Will

With international, business, or agricultural assets

£550
(Plus VAT)

Life Interest/Right of Residence Will

£550
(Plus VAT)

Discretionary Trust Will

£700
(Plus VAT)

Will Update

Existing Roche Legal Will

£150
(Plus VAT)

Letter of Wishes

£75
(Plus VAT)

Witness Summary

£125
(Plus VAT)

Will Review Report

£POA

Obtaining HMLR Office Copies

£3
per title plus admin fee of £25 (Plus VAT)

Home Visit

within 10-mile radius

£75
(Plus VAT) Per Visit

Home Visit

over 10-mile radius half hourly rate

£POA

Urgency uplift

£150
(Plus VAT)

Bespoke clauses – per clause

e.g. in contemplation of marriage, complex funeral wishes, additional legacies, digital assets, complex split of residue, no-contest clause

£75
(Plus VAT)

Standard Will

In person, virtual or online

£400
(Plus VAT)

Standard Will

With international, business, or agricultural assets

£850
(Plus VAT)

Life Interest/Right of Residence Will

£850
(Plus VAT)

Discretionary Trust Will

£1000
(Plus VAT)

Will Update

Existing Roche Legal Will

£250
(Plus VAT)

Letter of Wishes

£125
(Plus VAT)

Witness Summary

£200
(Plus VAT)

Will Review Report

£POA

Obtaining HMLR Office Copies

£3
per title plus admin fee of £25 (Plus VAT)

Home Visit

within 10-mile radius

£75
(Plus VAT) Per Visit

Home Visit

over 10-mile radius half hourly rate

£POA

Urgency uplift

£250
(Plus VAT)

Bespoke clauses – per clause

e.g. in contemplation of marriage, complex funeral wishes, additional legacies, digital assets, complex split of residue, no-contest clause

£125
(Plus VAT)

Our Wills include a guardian clause, simple funeral wishes and up to 3 legacies to individuals and/or charities at no extra charge. Should your circumstances benefit from a more complex or alternative arrangement than is provided for above, then we will discuss this with you and provide you with a fixed cost before carrying out any work.

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs)

Health and Care – which lets you choose 1 person or more to make decisions about things like your daily routine (e.g. what to eat and what to wear), medical care, moving into a care home, refusing life sustaining treatment.

Property and Finance – which lets you choose 1 person or more to make decisions about money and property for you. For example, paying bills, collecting your benefits, selling your home.

One type of LPA

Both types of LPA

Single LPA

Property & Financial Affairs or Health & Welfare

£500
(Plus VAT)

Both LPA

Property & Financial Affairs and Health & Welfare

£800
(Plus VAT)

Registration of LPAs prepared elsewhere

£250
(Plus VAT)

Revocation of LPAs in full or in part

Where new ones not prepared

£250
(Plus VAT)

Registration of Enduing Power of Attorney

£450
(Plus VAT)

Ordinary Power of Attorney

£250
(Plus VAT)

Single LPA

Property & Financial Affairs or Health & Welfare

£800
(Plus VAT)

Both LPA

Property & Financial Affairs and Health & Welfare

£1200
(Plus VAT)

Registration of LPAs prepared elsewhere

£400
(Plus VAT)

Revocation of LPAs in full or in part

Where new ones not prepared

£400
(Plus VAT)

Registration of Enduing Power of Attorney

£600
(Plus VAT)

Ordinary Power of Attorney

£400
(Plus VAT)

Registration Fee

There is also a court fee payable to the Office of the Public Guardian of £82 for registration of a Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney. In some cases, you may be entitled to a fee exemption or reduction, dependant on your financial circumstances.

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.

Straight Forward Affairs

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

from£995
(Plus VAT & Expenses)

Complicated Affairs

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

from£2995
(Plus VAT & Expenses)

Expenses

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 £215 or £0 where the net estate is below £5,000
Settlement fee £12
Additional copies of the Grant £1.50 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, which are currently as follows:

Senior Legal Assistant

£185
(Plus VAT)

Trust and Estate Practitioner

£250
(Plus VAT)

Solicitor Director

£285
(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 £215 or £0 where the net estate is below £5,000
Settlement fee £12
Additional copies of the Grant £1.50 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.

Other Work

For other work, such as challenging a Will or an Inheritance Dispute, making an application to the Court of Protection, or work relating to a missing person our hourly rates apply. We will always provide you with an estimate of our fees from the outset of your matter and will keep you updated throughout.

For further information on our charges, please contact us.

Senior Legal Assistant

£185
(Plus VAT)

Trust and Estate Practitioner

£250
(Plus VAT)

Solicitor Director

£285
(Plus VAT)

When work is charged at our hourly rates, you will be given an a costs update at least monthly. If our charging rates increase during your matter (like most businesses, we review our charging rates annually with our accountants), we will confirm this in writing to you.

We usually bill matters monthly. Where there are funds held on account, we will submit the bill to you and confirm that the amount has been taken from the funds held.

Our fees are payable by the person who instructs us to carry out the work.

Our Charges Frequently Asked Questions

All our charges are subject to VAT.

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.

In many cases, before we can start work for you, we will ask you for a payment on account of our fees.

Our invoices are due on receipt.

You can pay your invoice by any of the following methods:

  • Bank transfer
  • Online
  • Over the telephone (up to £2,000)
  • Cash (up to £500)
  • Cheque made payable to Roche Legal

We rarely accept payment of our invoices by instalments.

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