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. Please use the charges information below as a guide.

Wills

I am an individual

We are a couple

Standard Will

In person, virtual or online

£350
(Plus VAT)

Standard Will

With international, business, or agricultural assets

£650
(Plus VAT)

Life Interest/Right of Residence Will

£750
(Plus VAT)

Discretionary Trust Will

£950
(Plus VAT)

Will Update

Existing Roche Legal Will

From £250
(Plus VAT)

Letter of Wishes

£125
(Plus VAT)

Witness Summary

£300
(Plus VAT)

Will Review Report

£POA

Advance Decision

To refuse medical treatment

£350
(Plus VAT)

Obtaining HMLR Office Copies

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

Home Visit

within 10-mile radius

£150
(Plus VAT) Per Visit

Home Visit

over 10-mile radius half hourly rate

£POA

Urgency uplift

£300
(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)

Standard Will

In person, virtual or online

£550
(Plus VAT)

Standard Will

With international, business, or agricultural assets

£1000
(Plus VAT)

Life Interest/Right of Residence Will

£1200
(Plus VAT)

Discretionary Trust Will

£1400
(Plus VAT)

Will Update

Existing Roche Legal Will

From £450
(Plus VAT)

Letter of Wishes

£250
(Plus VAT)

Witness Summary

£500
(Plus VAT)

Will Review Report

£POA

Advance Decision

To refuse medical treatment

£550
(Plus VAT)

Obtaining HMLR Office Copies

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

Home Visit

within 10-mile radius

£150
(Plus VAT) Per Visit

Home Visit

over 10-mile radius half hourly rate

£POA

Urgency uplift

£500
(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

£200
(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)

One type of LPA

Both types of LPA

LPA – One Person

Property & Financial Affairs or Health & Welfare

£750
(Plus VAT)

LPA – A Couple

Property & Financial Affairs or Health & Welfare

£1250
(Plus VAT)

Registration of LPAs prepared elsewhere

£500
(Plus VAT)

Revocation of LPAs in full or in part

Where new ones not prepared

£500
(Plus VAT)

Registration of Enduing Power of Attorney

£750
(Plus VAT)

Ordinary Power of Attorney

£500
(Plus VAT)

LPA – One Person

Property & Financial Affairs or Health & Welfare

£1250
(Plus VAT)

LPA – A Couple

Property & Financial Affairs and Health & Welfare

£1950
(Plus VAT)

Registration of LPAs prepared elsewhere

£750
(Plus VAT)

Revocation of LPAs in full or in part

Where new ones not prepared

£750
(Plus VAT)

Registration of Enduing Power of Attorney

£1250
(Plus VAT)

Ordinary Power of Attorney

£750
(Plus VAT)

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.

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 Only Service

Our Grant of Probate Only service includes either the preparation of a reduced Inheritance Tax Form (IHT205) for simpler estates, or the full Inheritance Tax form (IHT400 and Schedules) for more complex situations. In both cases, this also includes the application to the Probate Registry to obtain the Grant. This services requires you to supply the relevant figures and information and we take care of the forms for you to check and sign. We then submit the application on your behalf.

Once obtained, the Grant will be sent to you to deal with the rest of the administration of the estate, including closing or transferring accounts and investments, producing estate accounts for the beneficiaries and distributing the estate in accordance with the Will or Intestacy Rules.

Should you decide that you need a more comprehensive service where we deal with the full administration of the estate, please let us know and we’ll provide you with a cost indication for this once we’ve obtained more information at our next meeting. On the other hand, if you decide that you do not require assistance and instead wish to make a personal application to the Probate Registry, then you’ll need to contact us to obtain the original Will (if we have it) and we will send you a document release form to complete.

These charges apply for standard applications at the Probate Registry for when the person who has died was domiciled in England and Wales. If the person who has died was domiciled elsewhere, or when other more complex applications are required, then different charges will apply. Please ask us for further information. Our Grant of Probate only service does not include any tax planning advice as standard.

Simpler estates – band A

Band Intestacy IHT217* Charges
A1 £1,250.00
A2 Yes £1,500.00
A3 Yes £1,500.00
A4 Yes Yes £1,750.00

All Prices exclude VAT & Expenses.

More complex estates – band B

Band Intestacy 1-4 schedules 5-8 schedules** IHT to pay Charges
B1 Yes £2,250.00
B2 Yes Yes £2,500.00
B3 Yes £2,500.00
B4 Yes Yes £3,000.00
B5 Yes Yes £3,250.00
B6 Yes Yes Yes £3,250.00
B7 Yes Yes Yes £3,500.00
  • All Prices exclude VAT & Expenses.
  • *The IHT217 form can be used to transfer a full unused Inheritance Tax allowance from a predeceased spouse. If any of the allowance was used on the first death then a form IHT400 would be required.
  • ** Price on application for more complex estates involving more than 8 IHT schedules.

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:

Application fee £155 or £0 where the net estate is below £5,000
Additional copies of the Grant £1.50 each
‘Sealed and certified copy’ of the Grant – if assets are held abroad you may need one of these £1.50 each
HM Land Registry – Office Copies, if required £3.00 each

There may also be other expenses, such as those associated with valuing assets such as property and shares. Additional expenses will vary depending on the circumstances.

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.

Estate Administration

Based on Hourly Rate

£POA
(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 £6,000 to £9,000 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:

Application fee £155 or £0 where the net estate is below £5,000
Additional copies of the Grant £1.50 each
‘Sealed and certified copy’ of the Grant – if assets are held abroad you may need one of these £1.50 each
HM Land Registry – Office Copies, if required £3.00 each

There may also be other expenses, such as those associated with valuing assets such as property and shares. Additional expenses will vary depending on the circumstances.

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.

Court of Protection

Court of Protection

Based on Hourly Rate

£POA
(estimate £4,500 plus VAT)

Other Work

For other work, we charge either a fixed fee or by the hour. Which one you pay will depend on the legal service you need. Below are some of the more common work types that we get asked to help with. If you need help with something not listed, please get in touch and we’ll be able to tell you if it is something we can offer on a fixed fee or hourly rate basis.

For further information on our charges, please contact us.

Fixed Fee Work

Severance of tenancy

(unilateral or mutual)

£450
(Plus VAT)
Plus office copies £3

Deed of Variation

From £1250
(Plus VAT)

Deed of Trust

From £1250
(Plus VAT)

Deed of Name Change

From £450
(Plus VAT)

Registration of Trust or Estate with HMRC

£650
(Plus VAT)

Our Hourly Rates

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.

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
  • Credit or debit card over the telephone

We do not accept cheques or cash.

We rarely accept payment of our invoices by instalments.

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