Our Fees – Price Transparency

We charge highly competitive fees for our legal services. Our estimated fees are set out below, so speak to us today for a fixed no obligation quote.

RESIDENTIAL 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 Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property you wish to buy is in Wales or Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England.

Conveyancer’s fees and disbursements
• Legal fee*: £650 – £2,500 plus VAT, depending upon the value of your property and the complexity of the transaction.
• HM Land Registry fee: £3.00 per Title; or, between £20.00 and £910.00 to register the transfer depending on property value and whether the property is registered.
• Electronic money transfer fee: £35 plus VAT.
• Stamp Duty/Land Transaction Tax (where applicable) is included in our fee. NB. Other firms may charge extra.

Disbursements

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 need pay by using HMRC’s website or, if the property is located in Wales, by using the 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 into your house will depend on several factors. The average process takes between 6–8 weeks. This estimate may vary according to the circumstances.
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 6 weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 3–6 months. In such a situation, additional charges would apply.

Stages of the process – house purchases

The key stages of the process can vary but often include:
• taking your instructions and giving you initial advice;
• checking finances are in place to fund the purchase and contacting lender’s solicitors if needed;
• receive and advise on contract documents;
• carry out searches;
• investigating title to the Property;
• obtain further planning documents 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;
• prepare and issue the 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;

Sale of freehold residential property

Our fees outline below cover all of the work* involved in completing the sale of your home.
There are a variety of differences between selling and purchasing property, although parts of the process and the advice you will receive are similar.
We will liaise with you and your estate agent to expedite your matter as effectively as possible.

Conveyancer’s fees and disbursements during a sale

Legal fee*: £650 – £2,500 plus VAT;
Electronic money transfer fee £35 plus VAT,
Disbursements – the costs related to your matter, as outlined above.

Leasehold

In general, the cost is similar to the fees set out above although the purchase or sale of a leasehold is slightly more expensive due to the additional complexity of the transaction. However, it depends on the property and will vary according to its value and details surrounding the purchase/sale.
Anticipated disbursements*
• Notice of Transfer fee—this fee if chargeable is set out in the Lease. Often the fee is between £50 and £200;
• Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged)—this fee is set out in the Lease. Often the fee is between £50 and £200;
• 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 and £400;
• Certificate of Compliance fee—to be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, as can range between £50 and £500.
*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 or Land Tax
As above

Stages of the process – example: purchase of leasehold
These are the key stages of the process:
• 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 documents 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;
*Our projected fee assumes that:
• 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;
• this is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease;
• the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complications arise;
• all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from the parties providing documentation;
• no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

PROBATE FEE GUIDE 

Price and Service Transparency Notice

Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets

Depending upon the size and complexity of an estate, it usually takes between 6 and 46 hours of work for your solicitor to conclude matters. We don’t require any payment up front in most probate cases and should be pleased to discuss this with you. Excellent quality comes at a price and our legal fee to finalise matters could range between £1,400 and £10,120 (plus VAT and any disbursements). However, the exact cost will depend on the factors relating to the individual’s estate. Our charges are itemised within a detailed invoice.

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 3 bank or building society accounts;
• there are no other intangible assets;
• there are up to 4 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 £215.00 if the estate is £5000 or over. The government are expected to increase probate fees on a sliding scale from April 2019;
• £7.00 swearing of the oath (per executor);
• bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches are £2.00 per beneficiary;
• £62.15 in the London Gazette—protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors;
• Varying fees for a Notice in a Local Newspaper – again, this protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of 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 are likely to be additional costs that could range significantly depending on the estate and how it is 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);
• 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 4 – 6 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 6 – 8 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take a further 8 – 10 weeks. Once this has been done, we will prepare estate accounts for the Executors approval and we can distribute the assets, which normally takes a further 3 – 4 weeks.

For further information and to discuss your specific situation please contact us today.

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