CGW LAW CLIVE G WOOD FAMILY SOLICITORS
CGW Law can help as your Wills and Probate Solicitor.
Having a Will means that after your death your wishes as to how your estate and property will be distributed will be followed. If you do not have a Will then the Rules of Intestacy will apply and your estate and property will be distributed in accordance with those rules regardless as to whether those rules are fair to you and your family or what you might have wanted.
CGW Law charges only for the work done with no additional percentage of fees based on the value of assets in the estate. Our charges are transparent and an estimate of likely fees can usually be provided at an early stage.
All charges are subject to VAT at 20% and disbursements such as Probate Registry application fees are additionally payable.
The basis of costs charged is on recorded time based upon an hourly rate (currently £180 per hour) applied to work done on the file in dealing with correspondence, taking instructions and preparing documentation etc. A Costs Informarion Sheet detailing how our charges are calculated will be provided at the outset.
In our experience the costs for dealing with a straightforward estate where there is no Inheritance Tax payable up to the stage of obtaining the grant are likely to be in the range of £750-£1500 plus VAT and disbursements. Costs for dealing with more complex estates where Inheritance Tax is payable are likely to exceed £2500/£3000 plus VAT and disbursements.
The timescales for obtaining a grant are difficult to predict any can vary significantly however from the date when the application is submitted it can take up to 8 weeks for an application to be processed by HMCTS Probate and occasionally even longer.
Our charges do not include costs for dealing with the sale of property or any litigation that may arise but only cover the application for a grant. Further costs will be incurred if assistance is required to deal with the practical administration with the level of costs reflecting the amount of actual further work required. An estimate of costs will be provided for any further or dditional work.
CGW Law - a Wills and Probate service that works for you.