How much does it cost?
It is understandable that the cost of legal services will often be a concern to clients. We strive to provide all our clients with a firm quotation from the start.
Cost effective legal services
We do not offer cheap legal services and believe that if a Will only costs £50 that is not enough. We offer a cost effective service and undertake regular benchmarking which provides us with the assurance that our fees are competitive and fair.
The cost of a service may consist of :
- our fees
- any outlays we incur in carrying out the work, such as the dues payable to the Sheriff Court or the Office of the Public Guardian.
- postage charges for sending precious documents by tracked delivery
We ask for payment in full at the end of a transaction except in executry matters when we may ask for an interim fee at the time we lodge the application in the Sheriff Court.
For some of our legal services – Wills and Powers of Attorney – we offer a 10% discount to the staff of the University of Edinburgh.
Free no obligation preliminary discussion
We understand that every client is different. We do not charge for initial meetings; taking time at the start of our relationship to ascertain how best we can best work together is a good investment which will benefit both parties.
Here is a short summary of our fees, current from 1 December 2021.
|Drafting Affidavit, Declaration, Certificate or other short documents*||£110|
|Assistance obtaining Apostille from Foreign and Commonwealth Office**||£60|
|Certifying copies of documents as true copies - fees for each copy||£30|
|Initiating verification of degree with Higher Education Degree Datacheck||£40|
|Will writing services||Fees|
|Standard Will - individual||£230|
|Mirror Will - couples||£410|
Powers of Attorney
|Power of Attorney services||Fees|
|Power of Attorney - individual||£210|
|Power of Attorney - couples||£380|
The dues for registering each document with the Office of the Public Guardian are £81.
Assistance with part of the estate administration
We are happy to consider providing assistance only with those parts of the administration where you request our input; this would reduce the fees payable by the estate and might mean for instance that we would only assist the executors with the application to the Sheriff Court for confirmation.
Assistance with the whole of the estate administration
|Executry - whole of the estate administration||Fees (estimate)|
|Small estates||£900 - £1,500|
Medium size straightforward estate
The administration will be straightforward, there is no inheritance tax to pay, there is a valid Will, an executor willing to act, a small number of beneficiaries and no family disputes or claims against the estate
|£1,500 - £3,500|
Medium to large size more complicated estate
There is a valid Will and an executor already appointed and able to act, there may be a variety of assets and multiple beneficiaries, potential disputes or claims against the estate, spouse or other exemptions apply although the estate may be over the inheritance tax limit
|£3,500 - £8,000|
Larger estates with potential for complex issues
A valid Will exists and an executor able to provide instructions, multiple assets and beneficiaries, potential family or other disputes, a liability for inheritance tax, multiple tax schedules required, related relief and exemption claims
Additional work will be required where
- There is no Will or no executor remaining willing or able to act, in which case the Sheriff Court has to appoint an executor
- A bond of caution is required in cases of intestacy; this is a type of insurance policy which provides security for the beneficiaries
- There are any disputes between the beneficiaries or the executors.
In these circumstances an additional fee will be payable and will be charged at no more than £200 an hour.
The fees indicated above do not include the cost of any property conveyancing.
In each case we will give you as accurate an assessment of fees as is feasible at the start.
Sheriff Court dues
The court dues for receiving and examining the inventory of assets vary according to the value of the estate and currently are:
|Sheriff Court dues||Fees|
|Assets under £50,000||£0|
|Assets between £50,000 and £250,000||£266|
|Assets exceeding £250,000||£532|
|In addition each certificate of confirmation||£8|
|Petition to have an executor dative appointed||£19|