Probate uncontested

In terms of costs this will be charged from 1% plus VAT of the gross value of the Estate and disbursements (see below).

There are certain external expenses which you may need to pay in connection with the administration of the Estate, please see below the most common things that you are likely to have to pay and an estimate of their cost:

Commissioner’s fees for Executor’s Oath (per person)                    £7.00

Probate Court fees for issue of the Grant                                          £155.00(+50p per copy)

Land Registry Title Register                                                                   £3.00

Online ID Check                                                                                       £7.50

We have provided you with the quote above, however in certain circumstances the nature of the work we are instructed to do can change (for example where HMRC or the Probate Registry raise requisitions or where there is a dispute). In these circumstances this additional work will be charged on a time spent basis.

We will add VAT charges at the rate that applies when the work is done.

We will submit our invoice to you for settlement once we have made the application for the Grant. If for whatever reason the Grant is not required or we cease acting for you, we shall issue an invoice for the work carried out to date based on the hourly rate of the fee earner responsible for your matter.

The administration of an Estate involves the following steps:

  1. a)Calculating the value of the Estate, taking into account the deceased’s assets and liabilities. Some items may require professional valuations such as shares and it may be necessary to pay a fee for this. We will of course let you know if this is required. We will write to the relevant banks/share companies (if any) to obtain the balances as at the date of death.
  2. b)Dealing with any inheritance tax due. Even where no inheritance tax is payable it is necessary to submit information to the Inland Revenue about the assets and liabilities of the Estate.
  3. c)Obtaining the Grant of Probate/ Letters of Administration. Every application for the Grant must be supported by an Oath sworn by the Executors. This is to establish their right to the Grant and confirms the value of the Estate that will be dealt with under the authority of the Grant. The Grant cannot be issued until the relevant information has been submitted to HMRC.
  4. d)Once the Grant has been obtained the Grant will be sent to the banks and other institutions holding money and property to obtain access to the deceased’s assets.
  5. e)Collecting Estate money. We normally pay Estate money into our client account (where it will be subject to the protection of the Law Society’s Rules regarding the handling of client’s money).
  6. f)Once bills have been paid, it may be possible to start paying bequests and legacies under the Will and to make interim distributions to residuary beneficiaries although please note that where there are professional Executors/Administrators then distributions will not normally be made until 6 months after the date of the Grant of Probate/ Letters of Administration, this being the deadline for potential claims to be made against the Estate.
  7. g)The latter stages of administration involve obtaining confirmation from HMRC that no more tax is due, finalising the Statement of Account, handing over the remaining entitlements to the beneficiaries.

We will complete steps A-G or A-C as outlined above whichever is required for this particular matter. However if the nature of our work becomes more complicated than expected, particularly if extensive correspondence with HMRC, Probate Registry or any other party is required, then we reserve the right to review our charges and we shall  inform you accordingly.

Unless specifically agreed our work does not include any contentious Probate or any other claims or disputes against/in the Estate, Deeds of Variation, Affidavits, Power of Attorneys, income tax work or ongoing trust arrangements or conveyancing work. If any of these are required, we will discuss and agree our fees with you.

We do not deal with any overseas assets and it is the responsibility of the Executors to deal with any overseas assets. In the event we agree to liaise with any third parties based aboard, our contact will be strictly limited to obtaining the necessary information for the purposes of completing the inheritance tax here.

Residential Conveyancing

Please contact us for your individual quotation and we shall have this prepared and either emailed or posted to you according to your preference. Each property transaction is different and may be subject to unforeseen circumstances but we will always try to give you the best estimate possible at the beginning of your transaction with no hidden or extra fees. The fees set out below are a general guide. Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the purchase of your new home including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (stamp duty), the amount payable depends on the buyers’ status under the new rules and the purchase price of the property. In order to assist you when budgeting for your residential property transaction, please use these guidelines on our prices. It is difficult to estimate how long your transaction will take but we will do our best to work within your preferred timescales.

A number of factors will affect the costs of our services which could include but are not limited to:

  • Whether freehold or leasehold
  • Whether a new build
  • Whether first registration of title (unregistered land)
  • Whether a mortgage or not
  • Whether a shared ownership scheme
  • Whether using a help to buy scheme
  • Whether purchase under right to buy
  • Whether purchase at auction
  • Whether property has been repossessed
  • Whether indemnity insurance is required to cure title defects

Fees

Freehold Purchase

Costs will vary between £850 plus VAT and £1500 plus VAT and disbursements depending on the purchase price of the property up to £1,000,000.

The following disbursements will also be charged:-

  • Search fees – in the region of £200 – £300 depending on local authority fees, includes additional searches for drainage, environmental and plan search which we always recommend.
  • HM Land Registry fee is based on the value of the property.
  • As we are electronically linked to the Land Registry and submit registrations online, the fee is 50% of the normal fee.
  • Bank transfer fees – £25
  • Stamp Duty. You can calculate your potential stamp duty by going to this link https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/calculate-stamp-duty-land-tax/#/intro
  • Mortgage Lender fee – In addition, where you are obtaining a mortgage there is a standard charge of £145 plus VAT for acting for the lender and registering the lenders mortgage on the property after completion.

Freehold Sale

Costs will vary between £750.00 and £1500 plus VAT and disbursements depending on the purchase price of the property.

Disbursements:-

    • Money transfer fee – £25
    • Copies of Land Registry documents – £3 per document

Leasehold Purchase

If the property you are acquiring is leasehold or includes a share of the freehold our costs will be between £850.00 and £1500 plus VAT and disbursements, but this may also include carrying out any additional work such as dealing with a share of the freehold. In addition there will be disbursements but these will depend on the purchase price.

Disbursements:-

  • Search fees – in the region of £200 – £300 depending on local authority fees, includes additional searches for drainage, environmental and plan search which we always recommend.
  • HM Land Registry fee is based on the value of the property.
  • As we are electronically linked to the Land Registry and submit registrations online, the fee is 50% of the normal fee.
  • Bank transfer fees – £25
  • Stamp Duty. You can calculate your potential stamp duty by going to this link https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/calculate-stamp-duty-land-tax/#/intro
  • Mortgage Lender fee – In addition, where you are obtaining a mortgage there is a standard charge of £145 plus VAT for acting for the lender and registering the lenders mortgage on the property after completion.

Leasehold Sale

Costs will be between £750.00 and £1500 plus VAT and disbursements

Disbursements:-

  • Money transfer fee – £25
  • Copies of Land Registry documents – £3 per document

Our fees do vary depending on the property and circumstances and it is always best to contact us directly for a tailor made quotation, which we will be happy to provide.

Home Office Immigration, Visa and Nationality Fees from April 2018

Category

 

Fee

 

Visas / applications made outside the UK

Visit visa < 6 months

 

£93

 

Visit visa < 2 years [note 1]

 

£350

 

Visit visa < 5 years

 

£636

 

Visit visa <10 years

 

£798

 

Visiting academic – more than 6 months but no more than 12 months

 

£186

 

Private medical treatment visa – more than 6 months but not more than 11 months

 

£186

 

Short term student visa (up to 6 months) or

Short term child visa (up to 6 months)

 

£97

Short term student studying English language for more than 6 months but not more than 11 months

 

£186

 

Settlement

 

£1,523

 

Settlement – other dependant relative

 

£3,250

 

Settlement – refugee dependant relative

 

£388

 

Indefinite leave to enter the UK as the dependant of a member of the armed forces under Appendix Armed Forces to the Immigration Rules.

£2,389

 

Certificate of entitlement – (right of abode)

 

£388

 

Other visa

 

£516

 

Transit visa – (direct airside transit)

 

£35

 

Transit visit visa (landside transit)

 

£64

 

Visa for the purpose of joining a ship or aircraft as a member of the crew of that ship or aircraft

 

£64

 

Transfer of Conditions (Vignette transfer)

 

£154

 

Representative of an overseas business

 

£610

 

Call out/ out of hours fee (per hour/part hour)

 

£142

 

Single-entry visa to replace a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

 

£154

 

Receiving, preparing and forwarding documents

 

£141

 

Electronic Visa Waiver

 

£15

 

Points based system – applications made outside the UK

Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) [note 2]

 

£1021

 

Tier 1 (Investor)

 

£1,623

 

Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – initial application [note 2]

 

£152

 

Approval letter from a competent body in respect of an initial application for Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)

 

£456

 

Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – subsequent application [note 2]

 

£608

 

Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – dependant

 

£1021

 

Tier 1 (General) – dependant

 

£1021

 

Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) [note 2]

 

£363

 

Tier 1 (Post-study Work) – dependant

 

£604

 

Tier 2 (General), (Intra-Company Transfer) – Long Term Staff, (Sportsperson) & (Minister of Religion), where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less [note 2]

 

£610

 

Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Short Term Staff – dependant £482

 

Tier 2 (General), (Intra-Company Transfer) – Long Term Staff, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of more than three years [note 2]

 

£1,220

 

Tier 2 (General) shortage occupation where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less [note 2]

 

£464

 

Tier 2 (General) shortage occupation where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of more than three years [note 2]

 

£928

 

Tier 4

 

£348

 

Tier 5 [note 2]

 

£244

 

Optional Premium Services outside the UK

Priority visa service – settlement

 

£573

 

Priority visa service – non-settlement

 

£212

 

Super priority visa service

 

£956

 

User-pay visa application centre

 

£55

 

User-pay visa application centre

 

£55

 

International Contact Centre – Email Service (commences 1 June 2017)

 

£5.48

 

International Contact Centre – Telephone Helpline (per minute)

 

1.37 per minute

 

Optional Premium Services in the UK

Expedited processing of an application (premium service centre)

 

£510

 

Expedited processing of an application (premium service centre) – appointment booking fee

 

£100

 

Expedited processing of an application (premium service centre) – outside office hours fee

 

£75

 

Provision of Immigration Officer at the border (hourly rate)

 

£53.08 per hour

 

Priority service

 

£477

 

Super premium service

 

£10,500

Application in person (super premium and mobile premium services)

 

£610

 

Premium status checks and advice (Administrative Officer) (per minute) [note 3]

£0.80

Premium status checks, advice or training (Executive Officer) (inside office hours)

(inside office hours) [note 3]

 

£0.88

 

Premium status checks, advice or training (Executive Officer) (outside office hours) [note 3]

 

£1.10

 

Premium status checks, advice or training (Higher Executive Officer) (inside office hours) [note 3]

 

£0.97

 

Premium status checks, advice or training (Higher Executive Officer) (outside office hours) [note 3]

 

£1.23

 

Discretionary services at the border

Registered Traveller Service – yearly subscription

 

£50

 

Registered traveller Service child – yearly subscription

 

£24

 

Registered Traveller Service – registration of documents

 

£20

 

Fast Track – Heathrow terminals 2, 3 and 4

 

£3.90

 

Fast Track – Other

 

£3

 

Applications made in the UK

Indefinite leave to remain

 

£2,389

 

Leave to remain – Other

 

£1033

 

Leave to enter for persons in the UK who are liable to immigration detention

 

£1033

 

Transfer of Conditions (TOC) or Application for a document confirming identity and immigration or nationality status – limited leave to remain

 

£161

 

TOC or Application for a document confirming identity and immigration or nationality status – indefinite leave to remain

 

£229

 

Biometric residence permit (BRP) / replacement BRP

 

£56

 

Processing an application which is subsequently rejected

 

£25

 

In country biometric enrolment

 

£19.20

 

Certificate of travel – adult

 

£280

 

Certificate of travel – child

 

£141

 

Convention travel document – adult

 

£75

 

Convention travel document – child

 

£49

 

Naturalisation to include citizenship ceremony fee [note 4]

 

£1,330

 

Naturalisation British overseas territory citizens

 

£1000

 

Nationality registration as a British citizen – adult [note 4]

 

£1,206

 

Nationality registration as a British citizen – child [note 5]

 

£1012

 

The arrangement of a citizenship ceremony (including the administration of a citizenship oath and pledge at the ceremony).

 

£80

 

The administration of a citizenship oath, or oath and pledge where the oath, or oath and pledge, are not administered at a citizenship ceremony or by a justice of the peace.

 

£5

 

Nationality registration – British overseas territory citizen, British overseas citizens, British Subjects, British protected persons – adult

 

£901

 

Nationality registration – British overseas territory citizen, British overseas citizens, British Subjects, British protected persons – child

 

£810

 

Renunciation of nationality

 

£372

 

Certificate of entitlement – (right of abode)

 

£372

 

Nationality review

 

£372

 

 

 

 

 

Applications made in the UK

Status letter

 

£250

 

Non-acquisition letter

 

£250

 

Nationality correction to certificate

 

£250

 

Life in the UK test

 

£50

 

Nationality – supply of a certified copy of a notice, certificate, order or declaration

 

£250

 

Administrative review

 

£80

 

Points based system – applications made in the UK

Tier 1 (General) – dependant

 

£1,878

 

Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) [note 2]

 

£1,277

 

Tier 1 (Investor)

 

£1,623

 

Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) [note 2]

 

£493

 

Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – initial application [note 2]

 

£252

 

Approval letter from a competent body in respect of an initial application for Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)

 

£456

 

Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – extension [note 2]

 

£608

 

Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – dependant

 

£585

 

Tier 2 (General), (Intra-Company Transfer) – Long Term Staff, (Sportsperson) & (Minister of Religion), where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less [note 2]

 

£704

 

Tier 2 (General), (Intra-Company Transfer) – Long Term Staff, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of more than three years [note 2]

 

£1,408

 

Tier 2 (General) shortage occupation where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less [note 2]

 

£464

 

Tier 2 (General) shortage occupation where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of more than three years [note 2]

 

£928

 

Tier 4

 

£475

 

Tier 5 [note 2]

 

£244

 

Points based system – sponsorship

Premium sponsor scheme – Tiers 2 & 5 (large sponsor)

 

£25,000

 

Premium sponsor scheme – Tiers 2 & 5 (small sponsor)

 

£8,000

 

Premium sponsor scheme – Tiers 2 & 5 (large sponsor) for a period of 3 months

 

£6,250

 

Premium sponsor scheme – Tiers 2 & 5 (small sponsor) for a period of 3 months

 

£2,000

 

Premium sponsor scheme – Tier 4

 

£8,000

 

Premium Change of Circumstances

 

£200

 

Tier 2 large sponsor licence (may also include Tier 4 and/or Tier 5)

 

£1,476

 

Tier 2 small sponsor licence (may also include Tier 4 and/or Tier 5 )

 

£536

 

Tier 4 sponsor licence

 

£536

 

Tier 5 sponsor licence

 

£536

 

Add Tier 2 to an existing Tier 4 &/or Tier 5 licence (large sponsor)

 

£940

 

Basic compliance assessment (previously ‘Tier 4 Sponsor status’)

 

£536

 

Sponsor action plan

 

£1,476

 

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)

 

£199

 

Tier 5 Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)

 

£21

 

Tier 4 Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS)

 

£21

 

Notes

Note 1: Application fee of £93 where the applicant is a Chinese national applying in mainland China under the Chinese visa scheme

Note 2: a Council of Europe Social Charter (CESC) discount of £55 applies for main applicant.

Note 3: Administrative Officer, Executive Officer and Higher Executive Officer are Civil Service staff grades.

Note 4: the citizenship ceremony fee of £80 has been added to the application fee

Note 5: Additional £80 per applicant is required to cover the ceremony fee should the minor turn 18 during the application process. This will be requested at point of decision.