Our Costs and Services:

We are required to publish information relating to our costs and the services which we provide specifically relating to Conveyancing (Residential), Probate (uncontested) and Motoring Offences (Summary Offences only).

Purchase of a Freehold Residential Property

Our fees are determined by the value or price of the property and therefore the associated risks involved in the transaction. Where the value of the property exceeds £1M the fee will need to be agreed directly with the firm.

Property Purchase Price

Our Fees

VAT

Up to £1001

£750

£150

Over £100k > £150k

£850

£170

Over £150k > £300k

£950

£190

Over £300k > £500k

£1100

£220

Over £500k > £1m

£1400

£280

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 dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property you wish to buy is in Wales.


Conveyancing fees:

• Legal fee (see scale above)- say:

Disbursements:

• Search fees (local/environmental/mining & Water)

• Land Charges Official Search:

• HM Land Registry fee (refer to scale) between:

• Bankruptcy search (mortgage and RTB only)

• Electronic Bank Transfer fee:

• VAT payable

Estimated Total:


£950 + £190 VAT

£158

£3

£40 up to £540 where value £500 > £1m)

£2 (per name)

£35+VAT

£197

£1,385


Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Stamp Duty or Land Tax (on purchase)

This depends on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC's website or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority's website

Estimated total (based upon a purchase price of £300k and the property is not a 2nd home and not the buyers 1st purchase) would be £6,385 inclusive of £5k Stamp Duty Land Tax.


How long will my house purchase take?

How long it will take from our offer being accepted until you can move into your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 8-12 weeks from initial instructions to completion.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are a first­ time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage in principle, it could take 26 weeks depending upon the anticipated build completion date. If you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can also take between 3 and 6 months. In such a situation additional charges would apply.

You should note that it can take a further 6-10 weeks for the Land Registry to complete registration of the property into your name.

Stages of the process:

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a Residential Property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have suggested some key stages that you may wish to include:

• Take your instructions and give you initial advice

• Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender's solicitors if needed

• Receive and advise on contract documents

• Carry out searches

• Obtain further Planning documentation, if required

• Make any necessary enquiries of Seller's Solicitors

• Give you advice on all documents and information received

• Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you

• Send final contract to you for signature

• Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)

• Exchange Contracts and notify you that this has happened

• Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you

• Complete purchase

• Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/ Land Tax

• Deal with application for registration at Land Registry

• Report to you the outcome of the transaction


Purchase of leasehold Residential Property

Our fee structure is the same as for Freehold Properties, however additional charges will arise if a Notice to the Freeholder or Management Company is required (in accordance with the terms in the Lease), in addition a Service Charge apportionment may be required.

Conveyancing fees:


• Legal Fees (see scale above) say:

Disbursements:


£950 + VAT of£190



• Land Charge Official Search:

• Search fees (local/environmental/mining & Water)

• HM Land Registry fee (refer to scale) between:

• Bankruptcy search (mortgage and RTB only)

• Electronic Bank Transfer fee:

• VAT payable

Estimated Sub-total :


£3

£158

£40 up to £540 where value £500 > £1m)

£2 (per name)

£35 + £7 VAT

£197

£1,385


Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Search Fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. There are certain disbursements which will be set out in the individual Lease relating to the Property. The disbursements which we anticipate will apply are set out separately below. This list is not exhaustive and other disbursements may apply depending on the term of the Lease. We will update you on the specific fees upon receipt and review of the Lease from the Seller's Solicitors.

Anticipated additional Disbursements*

• Notice of Transfer fee - This fee, if chargeable, is set out in the Lease. Often the fee is between £150 > £300.

• Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged) - This fee is set out in the Lease. Often the fee is between £150>£300.

• Deed of Covenant fee - This fee is provided by the Management Company for the Property and can be difficult to estimate. Often it is between £100 > £250.

• Certificate of Compliance fee - To be confirmed upon receipt of the Lease, as can range between £100 > £250.

*These fees vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents.

You should also be aware that Ground Rent and Service Charge are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the Property. We will confirm the Ground Rent and the anticipated Service Charge as soon as we receive this information.


Stamp Duty I Land Tax

This depends on the purchase price of the property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC's website or if the property is located in Wales, by using the Welsh Revenue Authority's website

Estimated total (based upon a purchase price of £300k and the property is not a 2nd home and not the buyers 1st purchase) would be £6,385 (inclusive of £5k Stamp Duty Land Tax plus any additional disbursements listed above.

How long will my house purchase take?

How long it will take from our offer being accepted until you can move into your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 8-12 weeks from initial instructions to completion.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are a first­ time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage in principle, it could take 26 weeks depending upon the anticipated build completion date. If you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can also take between 3 and 6 months. In such a situation additional charges would apply.

Stages of the process:

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a Residential Property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have suggested some key stages that you may wish to include:

• Take your instructions and give you initial advice

• Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender's solicitors if needed

• Receive and advise on contract documents

• Carry out searches

• Obtain further Planning documentation, if required

• Make any necessary enquiries of Seller's Solicitors

• Give you advice on all documents and information received

• Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you

• Send final contract to you for signature

• Draft Transfer

• Advise you on joint ownership

• Obtain pre-completion searches

• Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)

• Exchange Contracts and notify you that this has happened

• Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you

• Complete purchase

• Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/ Land Tax

• Deal with application for registration at Land Registry

• Report to you the outcome of the transaction


Our fees assume that:

(a) This is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including, for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction;

(b) This is the assignment of an existing Lease and is not the grant of a new Lease;

(c) The transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complications arise;

(d) All parties to the transaction are cooperative and there is not unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation.

(e) No indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.


PROBATE

Applying for the Grant, Collecting and Distributing the Assets

We anticipate this will take between 5 and 20 hours work at £250 per hour. Total Costs estimated at: £1,250 to £5,000 + VAT.

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.

We will handle the full process for you. This quote 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 between 1 > 5 beneficiaries

• There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs

• There is no Inheritance Tax payable and the Executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC

• There are no claims made against the Estate.

Disbursements which are not included in this fee:

• Probate application fee of £155

• £5 Swearing of the Oath (per Executor+ £2 where annexed Will)

• Bankruptcy only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)

• £150 > £200 Post in The London Gazette - Protects against unexpected claims from unknown Creditors.

• £50 > £100 Post in a Local Newspaper - This also helps to protect against unexpected claims.

Disbursements are costs related to your matter and are payable to third parties, such as Court Fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

As part of our fees we will:

• Provide you with a dedicated and experienced Probate Solicitor to work on your matter

• Identify the legally appointed Executors or Administrators and Beneficiaries

• Identify and pay all liabilities

• Accurately identify the type of Probate application you will require

• Obtain the relevant documents required to make the application

• Complete the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms

• Draft a Legal Oath for you to swear

• Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf

• Obtain the Probate and securely send two copies to you

• Distribute all assets in the Estate


Potential additional costs:

• If there is no Will or the Estate consists of any share holdings (stocks and bonds) there is likely to be additional costs that could range significantly depending on the Estate and how it is to be dealt with. We can give you a more accurate quote once we have more information.

• If any additional copies of the Grant are required, they will cost £0.50 (1 per asset usually and only when obtaining at the time of the Grant)

• Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the Estate is not included.

How long will this take?

On average, Estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 3 to 6 months. Typically, obtaining the Grant of Probate takes 8 > 10 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take a further 6 > 12 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 4> 6 weeks.

Probate - Fixed Fee

We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf. This limited service does not include collecting in assets or payment of liabilities.

How much does this service cost?

Total: Fixed fee of £2,160 (inc. VAT) Disbursements which are not included in this fee:

• Probate application fee of £155

• £5 Swearing of the Oath (per Executor + £2 where annexed Will)

• Bankruptcy only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)

• £150 > £200 Post in The London Gazette - Protects against unexpected claims from unknown Creditors.

• £50 > £100 Post in a Local Newspaper - This also helps to protect against unexpected claims.

Disbursements are costs related to your matter and are payable to third parties, such as Court Fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

As part of our fees we will:

• Provide you with a dedicated and experienced Probate Solicitor to work on your matter

• Identify the legally appointed Executors or Administrators and Beneficiaries

• Accurately identify the type of Probate application you will require

• Obtain the relevant documents required to make the application

• Complete the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms

• Draft a Legal Oath for you to swear

• Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf

• Obtain the Probate and securely send two copies to you


WILLS

We can assist you in the preparation of your Will(s)

Total: Fixed fee of £144 (inc.VAT) for a single Will and £288 for joint or mirror Wills (inc.VAT)

LASTING POWERS OF ATTORNEY (LPA)

We can assist you in the preparation of a Lasting Power of Attorney (Health & Welfare and/or Property and Financial Affairs) and in registration with the Office of the Public Guardian.

Total: Fixed fee of £300 (inc.VAT) for a single LPA and £600 (inc.VAT) for both. In addition you will be required to pay to the Office of the Public Guardian a Registration fee for each LPA, which is currently £82.

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