Wills and Probate


Making a Will


Choosing to make a Will is an important decision which can bring peace of mind to you, as well as reducing the level of hardship placed on your loved ones after your death. Leaving a valid Will can smooth the way for those who are left behind and need to deal with the administration of your Estate.

Without clear and valid instructions in a Will, you run a significant risk of your estate being distributed in a way that you do not wish. Considering the terms of your Will is hugely important and at Gales we aim to offer practical advice to make the Will-making process as straight forward as possible.


Dealing with the Estate of a loved one


After suffering a bereavement, it can be a daunting task for Executors to start dealing with an Estate. This process might involve contacting financial institutions and dealing with the Court and Government agencies. Taking legal advice will help the Executors make informed decisions to ensure the Estate is properly dealt with. Gales have over 60 years’ experience in dealing with the administration of estates in a sensitive but professional manner, with the aim of providing a service that is tailored to the needs of the individuals involved.

 



 

We can advise you on:
  • Preparation of Wills
  • Obtaining Grants of Probate/ Letters of Administration
  • Administration of Estates
  • Deeds of Variation
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Applications to the Court of Protection for appointment of a Deputy
We provide:
  • Email and telephone contact
  • Home Visits
  • Free initial consultation

If you would like to talk to someone about making a will, or be advised on the legal proceedings, then get in touch with a member of our probate team. Their knowledge and experience can ensure a simplistic and worry free process.


COSTS SCHEDULE – UPDATED MAY 2021

These are guideline prices and may vary with the complexity of the case. A formal written estimate will always be provided upon acceptance of instructions.

STANDARD “FAMILY” WILL

 

SINGLE WILL

£195 PLUS VAT

MIRROR WILLS

£325 PLUS VAT

 

These are the anticipated costs for the preparation of a standard “family” type Will.  What does that mean? It is flexible but would cover the appointment of executors, some pecuniary legacies and personal possessions and a gift of residue – a basic Will in other words.  

There will be an additional charge for detailed advice on Inheritance Tax planning or property trusts – see figures below re property trusts.

If there are family issues and a supplementary note is required, additional fee of £40 plus VAT will apply per supplementary note.

 

WILLS INCORPORATING PROPERTY TRUSTS

 

MIRROR WILLS FOR PAIR

£595 PLUS VAT

SEVERANCE OF JOINT TENANCY (IF REQUIRED) AND REGISTRATION AT LAND REGISTRY

£195 PLUS VAT

COPY TITLE

£3 DISBURSEMENT

        

These are the anticipated costs for the preparation of property trust Wills. Again, there will be an additional charge for detailed advice on Inheritance Tax planning.

If there are family issues and a supplementary note is required, additional fee of £40 plus VAT will apply per supplementary note.

 

CODICILS OR WILL UPDATES

 

Please provide estimate at figures above; if a very slight amendment is required AND the previous Will has been prepared by this firm in the recent past, fees will be discussed at the initial meeting and may well be lower – work on a minimum charge of £125 plus VAT.

If a Will has been made elsewhere, regardless of the type of amendment, we will be starting afresh so full fee estimate will apply.

 

 
LASTING POWERS OF ATTORNEY

 Property and Financial and Health and Welfare – two separate documents

NO CHANGE TO PREVIOUS UPDATES

 

LPAS

 

 

 

 

 

Single - from

£495+VAT

2 LPAS - from

Either 1 person completing 2 or a couple completing 1 each

£950 +VAT

 

Couple completing H & W as well as P & F so four documents in all

£1,850 + VAT 

 

 

 

GRANTS OF REPRESENTATION

Minimum fee on an estate for work on obtaining a grant of representation for a lay client, where estate is below IHT threshold and covered under the IHT205 procedure will be between £850 to £950 + VAT

Plus Court fee

This is a guide price only and will be dependent on type of assets and size of estate

If full IHT400 is required, costs will be more but more detailed information as to nature of Estate needed before a guide figure can be given.


Probate fee change

The fee for grant for probate applications received on or after the 26th January 2022 is changing.

The current dual fee structure is being replaced by a single fee of £273 for all applicants, where the value of the estate exceeds £5,000. 

The fee for copies of the grant is not changing.

Process

MyHMCTS and GOV.UK will be updated to reflect the new fee and all applications submitted on 26 January will be charged the new fee of £273.

Paper applications received by the 26 January will be charged the current fee of £155 for professionals and £215 for personal applicants.  The Probate Service will have the discretion to apply the old fee if applications have been submitted before the 26th January, but the delivery of the application is delayed and can be evidenced. 

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