Beachwood Solicitors Ltd​             0113 277 1599 / 0113 359 3067

Specialist in Private & Immigration Law

Probate

Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets

We anticipate this will take between 3 and 4 hours work at £201.00 per hour. Total costs estimated at £800.

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 2 bank or building society accounts

• There are no other intangible assets

• There are 1-3 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 included in this fee:

• Probate application fee of £215 plus £1.50 for additional copies.

• £10 Swearing of the oath (per executor)

• Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£5 per beneficiary)

• £150 Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.

• £150 Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims.

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

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 £1.50 (1 per asset usually).

• 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 6-8months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 6 - 8 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 4-6 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 6 -8 weeks.

Probate Fixed Fees

Obtaining:

Grant of Probate - £1000 inclusive of disbursement.

Letter of Administration -  £1000 inclusive of disbursement.

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We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf. We will also undertake the collecting and distributing of assets.

How much does this service cost?

TOTAL: fixed fee of £2600

This includes:

obtaining the grant, collecting assets and distributing them.
Breakdown of costs:
Legal fees £2000
Disbursements (£600 in total):
• Probate court fee of £230
• £20 Swearing of the oath (per executor).
• Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£10 per beneficiary).
• £150 Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.
• £150 Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims.
• Recorded delivery post - £50

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that 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 fixed fee, 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

• Collect and distribute all assets in the estate

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6 -8 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 2 - 4weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 6 - 8weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 6 -8 weeks.

Immigration

• Applications for naturalisation or registration under the British Nationality Act 1981

• Applications on behalf of European Economic Area (EEA) nationals and their family members under the applicable EEA Regulations or Immigration Rules, including applications for permanent residence, residence cards, and registration certificates

Applications under the Immigration Rules, including:

  •  student and work experience visas
  •  visit visas (for tourism, or visiting friends / family)
  •  spouse and partners applications, including fiancé(e)s or proposed civil partners
  •  applications for work, business or study under the Points-Based System;
  •  dependent relative and family reunion applications
  •  ancestry visas
  •  other categories, such as applications on the basis of long residence
Our quotation fee include:

• considering documents

• attending on the client

• taking their instructions and providing advice

• preparing and submitting the application

• advising the client on timelines and the outcome of their application

VAT – Not registered

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Application for leave to remain

Hourly rate: £ 201 per hour

On average, this type of work takes between 6- 8 hours to complete. This means that on average costs are between £800 and £1000. All figures include VAT unless specifically stated.

The exact number of hours it will take depends on the circumstances in your case. Such as:

• The amount of supporting evidence that we need to consider

• Which language(s) you speak

• Whether you are applying with other dependents

If you are able to provide sufficient evidence at our first meeting and clearly meet the applicable Immigration Rules, the cost is likely to be at the lower end of this range.

What services are included

The work will involve:

• discussing your circumstances in detail and confirming whether this is the most appropriate application for you to make and what other options may be available to you;

• giving you advice about the requirements of the Immigration Rules and whether you meet the criteria.

• if you do not fulfil certain criteria, whether this can be overcome and how, which on average takes 2 hours;

• considering the supporting evidence, you have provided, which we anticipate will take 2 to 4 hours.

• where necessary, helping you obtain further evidence (such as medical records and bank statements), including taking statements of any witnesses;

• preparing your application and submitting it on your behalf, which we anticipate will take 4 hours;

• Attendance at a Home Office interview: if the Home Office ask you to attend an interview, we will give you clear advice (and discuss the possibility of us attending with you) at the appropriate time. This could be between 2 and 2 hours of work.

• giving you advice about the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take.

*the amount of hours depends on the number of documents, whether they need to be translated, whether anything is missing and how long it will take to obtain the missing documents

Disbursements (not included in costs set out above):

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

• Interpreters’ fees at £60 per hour. This kind of application will normally require between 4-6 hours with an interpreter, depending on the complexity of your case.

• Independent expert reports e.g. medical experts. These are not required in many cases: we will let you know as soon as possible if we consider an expert report is necessary.

• If there is an interview and we do attend with you, there will be additional disbursements in respect of our mileage/travel expenses.

The costs quoted here do not include:

• Any Home Office fees for making the application. You will pay this to the Home Office directly as part of the application process.

• Where the Home Office refuse your application, advice and assistance in relation to any appeal

How long will my application take?

We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. Read the current processing times in the Home Office website.

We will normally be able to submit this type of application within 6 months of you instructing us, but we will let you know at the earliest opportunity if it is likely to take longer than this.

Please note the anticipated number of hours and fees are an estimate based on the facts above. All applications are likely to vary and of course, we can give you a more accurate estimate once we have more information about your specific case.

Conveyancing

Purchase of a freehold residential property

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).

Conveyancer's fees and disbursements

• Legal fee £750

• Search fees £300

• HM Land Registry fee £100

• Electronic money transfer fee £50

• Subtotal £1200

Estimated total: £1200

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as:

 We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

  • Land Registry fees.
  • 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.

  • How long will my house purchase take?
  • How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move in to your house 
will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 6 - 8 weeks.
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 12 weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 4 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 solicitor

• 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

_____________________________________Our fee assumes 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 complication arise

d. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation

e. no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

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