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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.

Here is a short summary of our fees, current from 1 December 2022.

Notary Public

Notarisation services Fees
Standard notarisation £90
Drafting and notarising Affidavit, Declaration, Certificate or other short documents £150
Assistance obtaining Apostille from Foreign and Commonwealth Office £80
Certifying copies of documents as true copies - discounts for multiple copies £40
Initiating verification of degree with Higher Education Degree Datacheck £45


The Foreign Office charge for each Apostille             - £30 plus postage

The Higher Education Datacheck charge                     - £12                                                              

Will writing services

Will writing services
Standard Will - individual £300
Mirror Will - couples £550
Advance Directive / Living Will £150

Where a more complicated Will is required the fee will be higher and a quotation will be given after an initial consultation.

Powers of Attorney

Power of Attorney services Fees
Power of Attorney - individual £280
Power of Attorney - couples £530

Registration dues - Office of the Public Guardian - £85 for each document

Executry fees

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.

The fee would depend on the individual circumstances of the case. Please contact us to discuss your requirements on 0131 564 1044.

Assistance with the whole of the estate administration

Executry - whole of the estate administration Fees (estimate)
Small estates from
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

from £2,000
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

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: supplementary fixed fee £280
  • A bond of caution is required in cases of intestacy; this is a type of insurance policy which provides security for the beneficiaries: supplementary fixed fee £280
  • There are any disputes between the beneficiaries or the executors: in these circumstances a supplementary fee will be payable and will be charged at no more than £280 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
Assets under £50,000
Assets between £50,000 and £250,000
Assets exceeding £250,000
In addition each certificate of confirmation
Petition to have an executor dative appointed

Contact us

Quill Legal would be very happy to answer any queries you may have and to assist you with any work which you wish to instruct.

Set up a call with Kay at Quill Legal for a preliminary discussion on 0131 564 1044 or send us an email.

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Meet your Solicitor, Kay Blaikie

Get in touch with me when you need reliable legal advice on any aspect of Executries, Wills, Powers of Attorney and Notarial services.

Latest client reviews

17:31 13 Jun 23
Used Quill Legal for notary services for documents being sent overseas. Kay was very helpful and knowledgable about all steps of the notary service. Will definatly be using this service again in the future
07:19 29 May 23
Kay from Quill Legal patiently and efficiently helped me with an affidavit (a process I had never done before) on a really tight schedule. Thank you Kay for your help and making a stressful situation a lot easier!!
Elaine Watt
Elaine Watt
15:26 21 May 23
We hired Kay after being put off by the high fees charged by others for an ordinary estate of a home and money in the bank. Kay was excellent at telling me what she needed, what she would do and keeping me informed. The estate was all done at a very reasonable price.
Kristine V
Kristine V
11:36 04 Jan 23
Have been using Kay’s services for a few years now and wouldn’t go anywhere else. Great and fast service! Another plus is that it is convenient and can be done through video conference! Definitely recommend!
Jack Neil
Jack Neil
21:07 30 Jun 22
I contacted Quill Legal as i needed a statutory declaration signed for renewing my provisional licence.Kay was very professional and the process was very straight forward. Kay was very good at guiding me through the process, as I was new to the service. They were very kind, friendly and understanding.When I went to drop off my documents to the office, the staff were very helpful and welcoming.I would highly recommend Quill Legal should you require notarial services.
Elvira Papaleo
Elvira Papaleo
18:11 03 Dec 21
I contacted Kay for the notarisation of some documents and I would highly recommend her! She has been very helpful, explaining the whole process clearly and offered a very professional and fast service.
Anna Vojáčková
Anna Vojáčková
17:59 22 Nov 21
I had a great experience with Kay from Quill Legal. I appreciate how professional she is. Very quick service. Thank you!
Sarah Brockett
Sarah Brockett
17:47 10 Nov 21
Kay Blaikie responded incredibly quickly, explained everything clearly to me and made the whole process very easy. Highly recommend
Daniel Benfield
Daniel Benfield
21:46 30 Jun 21
Kay Blaikie helped me certify some documents for a job application. From the beginning she was very clear about the cost of the operation and was helpful and professional at all times. Very satisfied; I would choose Quill Legal again in a heartbeat.
Harper Hutcheon
Harper Hutcheon
19:48 19 Jun 21
I sought a solicitor for document certification and Kay Blaikie was able to help me with this promptly and efficiently. I also appreciated an unexpected discount as I had a few documents all needing certification. Overall, couldn't recommend more highly, and Quill Legal will be my first point of contact if I need similar services in the future.
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