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. Fixed fees are a guide only, please enquire for a bespoke quote.

Our current hourly rate is £330 plus VAT ( £396 inc VAT)*

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.

Notice to clients when your matter isn’t on a fixed fee:

You can help to keep costs down by taking an organised and methodical approach when communicating with us. This is especially true of emails. As we charge for each email received or sent then it is better if we receive one email from you with all of your points, rather than multiple emails. By sending us fewer emails, which will in turn require fewer replies, this will help us to manage our communications more efficiently and effectively and progress your matter quicker.

*Applicable from March 2022

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 Ex VAT Charges Inc VAT
A1 Yes No £1,750.00 £2,100.00
A2 No No £2,000.00 £2,400.00
A3 Yes Yes £2,000.00 £2,400.00
A4 No Yes £2,500.00 £3,000.00

More complex estates – band B
Band Intestacy 1-4 schedules 5-8 schedules** IHT to pay Charges Ex VAT Charges Inc VAT
B1 Yes £3,000.00 £3,600.00
B2 Yes Yes £3,500.00 £4,200.00
B3 Yes £3,500.00 £4,200.00
B4 Yes Yes £4,000.00 £4,800.00
B5 Yes Yes £4,500.00 £5,400.00
B6 Yes Yes Yes £4,500.00 £5,400.00
B7 Yes Yes Yes £5,000.00 £6,000.00
  • 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

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:

Expense Cost
Application fee £273 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 £6,600 plus VAT (£7,920) to £9,900 plus VAT (£11,880) 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:

Expense Cost
Application fee £273 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.

Wills

Individual Wills

Type

Cost (£)

VAT (£)

Total inc. VAT (£)

Standard - In person, virtual or online

550.00

110.00

660.00

Standard Plus - With international, business or agricultural assets

850.00

170.00

1,020.00

Life Interest or Right to Reside

1,000.00

200.00

1,200.00

Discretionary Trust

1,200.00

240.00

1,440.00

Will Update -Existing Roche Legal Will

350.00

70.00

420.00

Letter of Wishes

250.00

50.00

300.00

Witness Summary

400.00

80.00

480.00

Will Review Report

POA

POA

POA

Advance Decision -

To refuse medical treatment

550.00

110.00

660.00

Home visit - within 10-mile radius of our York office

150.00

30.00

180.00

Home visit – over 10-mile radius of our York office - charged at 50% of our hourly rate(s)

POA

POA

POA

Urgency uplift

400.00

80.00

480.00

Bespoke clause(s) – per clause

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

150.00

30.00

180.00

Mirror Wills

Type

Cost (£)

VAT (£)

Total inc. VAT (£)

Standard Mirror Wills - In person, virtual or online

850.00

170.00

1,020.00

Standard Mirror Wills Plus - With international, business or agricultural assets

1,300.00

260.00

1,560.00

Mirror Wills with Life Interest or Right to Reside

1,500.00

300.00

1,800.00

Mirror Discretionary Trust Wills

1,750.00

350.00

2,100.00

Mirror Will Updates -Existing Roche Legal Will

500.00

100.00

600.00

Mirror Letter of Wishes

400.00

80.00

480.00

Mirror Witness Summaries

700.00

140.00

840.00

Mirror Will Review Report

POA

POA

POA

Mirror Advance Decisions -

To refuse medical treatment

850.00

170.00

1,020.00

Home visit - within 10-mile radius of our York office

150.00

30.00

180.00

Home visit – over 10-mile radius of our York office - charged at 50% of our hourly rate(s)

POA

POA

POA

Urgency uplift

650.00

130.00

780.00

Bespoke clause(s) – per clause

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

250.00

50.00

180.00

Our standard Wills include a guardian clause, simple funeral wishes and up to three legacies to individuals and/or charity at no extra charge. Should your circumstances benefit from a more complex or alternative arrangement than is provided for in the options 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)

Important: There are significant delays at the Office of the Public Guardian. Their current guidance is that it is taking up to 20 weeks for them to register LPAs. If your matter is urgent, you will need to tell us straight away and a solicitor may be able to advise on some practical solutions for managing this.

One type of LPA
Both types of LPA
LPA – One Person Property & Financial Affairs or Health & Welfare
£ 850
(Plus VAT)
LPA – A Couple Property & Financial Affairs or Health & Care
£ 1,350
(Plus VAT)
Registration of LPAs prepared elsewhere
£ 600
(Plus VAT)
Revocation of LPAs in full or in part Where new ones not prepared
£ 600
(Plus VAT)
Registration of Enduring Power of Attorney
£ 750
(Plus VAT)
Ordinary Power Of Attorney
£ 500
(Plus VAT)
Cancellation of LPA(s) on death of Donor
£ 250
(Plus VAT)
LPA – One Person Property & Financial Affairs or Health & Welfare
£ 1,350
(Plus VAT)
LPA – A Couple Property & Financial Affairs and Health & Welfare
£ 1,950
(Plus VAT)
Registration of LPAs prepared elsewhere
£ 850
(Plus VAT)
Revocation of LPAs in full or in part Where new ones not prepared
£ 850
(Plus VAT)
Registration of Enduring Power of Attorney
£ 1,250
(Plus VAT)
Ordinary Power of Attorney
£ 750
(Plus VAT)
Cancellation of LPA(s) on death of Donor
£ 250
(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.

Court of Protection

Important: There are significant delays at the Court of Protection. Their current guidance requests that we do not email or call the Court unless the query is very urgent, such as relating to an urgent welfare matter, where someone’s life or welfare is at risk and a decision has to be made without delay. This means that it is very difficult for us to provide timescales at present for any type of application involving the Court of Protection. This applies to existing and new matters. If your matter is urgent, you will need to tell us straight away and a solicitor may be able to advise on some practical solutions for managing this.

Court of Protection Based on Hourly Rate
£ POA
(plus VAT)

Example Case :Where an matter is fairly straight-forward, it will usually take between 10 to 15 hours work. At our current hourly rate, that would be £3,300 plus VAT (£3,960 inc VAT) to £4,950 plus VAT (£5,940 inc VAT)

Expense

Cost

Application fee

£371.00

If the Court needs a hearing

£494.00

Fee for medical evidence (approx.)

£600.00

General supervision fee

£320.00

Minimal supervision fee - where managing less than £21,000

£35.00

Security bond (a type of insurance) (approx.)

Obtaining HMLR office copies

£3.00

Other Work

Cost plus VAT

Cost inc VAT

Severence of tenancy (unilateral or mutual)

£550.00

£660.00

Deed of Variation

£1500.00

£1800.00

Deed of Trust - Simple

£1250.00

£1500.00

Deed of Trust - Complex

£3000.00

£3600.00

Deed of Name Change

£650.00

£780.00

Registration of Trust or Estate with HMRC

£750.00

£900.00

Transfer of Registered Property (no mortgage)

£1250.00

£1500.00

Transfer of Unregistered Property (no mortgage)*

£2000.00

£2400.00

Removal of deceased registered proprietor from title deeds (DJP) (where property registered)

£350.00

£420.00

Removal of deceased registered propertietor from title deeds (when property unregistered)*

£2000.00

£2400.00

*This will trigger first registration with HM Land Registry ( recommended).

Property work is subject to HM Land Registry fees, you can view the HM Land Registry fee calculator here

Other Work

Cost plus VAT

Cost inc VAT

Severence of tenancy (unilateral or mutual)

£550.00

£660.00

Deed of Variation

£1500.00

£1800.00

Deed of Trust - Simple

£1250.00

£1500.00

Deed of Trust - Complex

£3000.00

£3600.00

Deed of Name Change

£650.00

£780.00

Registration of Trust or Estate with HMRC

£750.00

£900.00

Transfer of Registered Property (no mortgage)

£1250.00

£1500.00

Transfer of Unregistered Property (no mortgage)*

£2000.00

£2400.00

Removal of deceased registered proprietor from title deeds (DJP) (where property registered)

£350.00

£420.00

Removal of deceased registered propertietor from title deeds (when property unregistered)*

£2000.00

£2400.00

*this will trigger first registration with HM Land Registry (recommended). Property work is subject to HM Land Registry fees, view the Land Registry fee calculator here

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)
£ 550
(Plus VAT & Plus office copies £3)
Deed of Variation
From £ 1500
(Plus VAT)
Deed of Trust – Simple
From £ 1250
(Plus VAT)
Deed of Trust – Complex
From £ 3000
(Plus VAT)
Deed of Name Change
£ 650
(Plus VAT)
Registration of Trust or Estate with HMRC
£ 750
(Plus VAT)
Transfer of Registered Property (no mortgage)
From £ 1250
(Plus VAT)
Transfer of Unregistered Property (no mortgage)
From £ 2000
(Plus VAT)
Removal of deceased registered proprietor from title deeds (DJP)
From £ 350
(Plus VAT)
Removal of deceased registered proprietor from title deeds (When property unregistered)*
From £ 2000
(Plus VAT)

*This will trigger first registration with HM Land Registry ( recommended). Property work is subject to HM Land Registry fees.

ExpenseCost ex VATCost inc VAT
Application fee£371.00£445.20
If the Court needs a hearing£494.00£592.80
Fee for medical evidence ( approx.)£600.00£720.00
General supervision fee£320.00£384.00
Minimal supervision fee – where managing less than £21,000£35.00£42.0
Security bond ( a type of insurance) (approx.) Check CalculatorLink
Obtaining HMLR Copies£.300£3.60

There is a fee to become a Deputy and a supervision fee every year after you’ve been appointed. Medical evidence must also accompany the application and you may also have to pay a security bond.

ExpensesCost ex VATCosts inc VAT
Application fee£371.00£445.20
If the Court needs a hearing£494.00£592.80
Fee for medical evidence (approx.)£600.00£720.00
General supervision fee£320.00£384.00
Minimal supervision fee – where managing less than £21,000£35.00£42.00
Security bond (a type of insurance) (approx.)Link
Obtaining HMLR office copies£3.00£3.60

There is a fee to become a Deputy and a supervision fee every year after you’ve been appointed. Medical evidence must also accompany the application and you may also have to pay a security bond.

Other Work

Cost plus VAT

Cost inc VAT

Severence of tenancy (unilateral or mutual)

£550.00

£660.00

Deed of Variation

£1500.00

£1800.00

Deed of Trust - Simple

£1250.00

£1500.00

Deed of Trust - Complex

£3000.00

£3600.00

Deed of Name Change

£650.00

£780.00

Registration of Trust or Estate with HMRC

£750.00

£900.00

Transfer of Registered Property (no mortgage)

£1250.00

£1500.00

Transfer of Unregistered Property (no mortgage)*

£2000.00

£2400.00

Removal of deceased registered proprietor from title deeds (DJP) (where property registered)

£350.00

£420.00

Removal of deceased registered propertietor from title deeds (when property unregistered)*

£2000.00

£2400.00

Frequently asked questions about our charges

Dealing with legal issues can be confusing and stressful. We understand this, and we’re always on hand to untangle jargon and offer support.

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