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Will & LPA Costs

Making a Will and/or Lasting Powers of Attorney

Most of us have some wealth to leave behind. Most of us know who we want to leave it to. If you die without making a Will (‘intestate’) then your estate passes to your next of kin, who can decide how to dispose of it – or keep it. However, if you don’t want to leave it to chance and want to leave specific bequests, e.g., jewellery to a favourite niece, a watch to your Godson, £100 to the local cats-home, a piece of silver to the next-doorneighbour who looked after you – then it’s essential to have it written down. Whatever you write down in making a Will, has to be executed in law. You might also need to consider giving someone you trust a Lasting Power of Attorney (see below). in case you become unable to make decisions for yourself.

Any lawyer will advise you to make a Will so as to leave your affairs in order ‘for the avoidance of doubt’. At Mancini Legal we’re no exception and our friendly team will make sure your wishes are noted correctly. We are also happy to act as executors, and make sure your legacies end up where you want them to.

If you have a significant estate – property, a share portfolio, items of individual value – it is also worth talking to our Trust team to see how you can best protect your wealth from inheritance tax (IHT) or people that you do not wish to benefit from your wealth after your death. If you become unable to look after your money, or your health, whilst you are alive, it is also important to give someone you trust a Lasting Power of Attorney to protect your interests.

Wills and Trusts

Our Wills are prepared on a fixed fee basis with an initial amount for the basic Will and added fees for more complex clauses. At our first meeting with you, we will go over your requirements and give you a comprehensive quote on the cost of your Will.

ServiceAmount
Basic CodicilFrom £125 + VAT (subject to client
requirements)
Single Basic WillsFrom £250 + VAT (subject to client
requirements)
Mirror or Joint Basic WillsFrom £385 + VAT (subject to client
requirements)
Additional ClausesFrom £75 + VAT (subject to client
requirements)
TrustsFrom £400 + VAT (subject to client
requirements)
Admin – Registration or Certainty£30 + VAT (per Will)

 

StorageAmount
Retrieval Fee£37 + VAT
Store Will£30 + VAT
(per Will)
Multi-Trust Storage£75 + VAT

 

Home Visits (within 5 miles of one of our offices)Amount
Horsham Fee£75 + VAT
Haywards Heath£75 + VAT

Other areas on request:

Initial Meeting/ConsultationAmount
First 30 minutesfree
Over 30 minutesfrom £50 +
VAT

In addition, the following disbursements are required at the outset:

ServiceAmount
Administration/file set-up fees£50 + VAT
Costs for ID checks (per person) (Will only)£10 + VAT
AML (Anti Money Laundering) Checks (per person)£10 + VAT

Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)

As we get older, we are not always able to look after ourselves and make judgements required to look after our wealth and our health. Today it is increasingly common to give a loved one, or someone else you trust, what is called a Lasting Power of Attorney. That means they can make decisions for you if you are considered ‘unfit’ or ‘lacking capacity’ to make those decisions yourself. There are two types, ‘Property and Financial’ and ‘Medical and Welfare’. You can select the same person for both.

We charge separately for either type, but offer a discount if you do both at the same time

Type of LPACost for SingleCost for doubleCost for Mirror
Lasting Power of Attorney for FinancialFrom £400+ VATFrom £700+ VATFrom £1200+ VAT
Lasting Power of Attorney for Health & WelfareFrom £395+ VATFrom £700+ VATFrom £1200+ VAT

In addition, the following disbursements will be required:

ServiceAmount
Administration/file set-up fees£50.00 +VAT
Costs for ID checks (per person)£10.00 +VAT
Application Fee to the Court of Protection

£82 per LPA

Disbursements

In addition to the fees quoted above, a number of disbursements may or may not be payable. Disbursements are payments made to third parties on your behalf and these are a standard part of the process. These statutory fees are not set by Mancini Legal and will be the same no matter which solicitor you choose. Below is a list of some common disbursements and their usual cost

ServiceAmount
Company Due Diligence Check£25.00 +VAT

Key Stages and Timescales

Key StageTimescale (in weeks)
Basic Wills2-6 Weeks
Trusts2-6 weeks
LPA’s Note the Public Guardianship Office can take 6-8 weeks for registrations.2-4 weeks

Please also note that the time scale depends on the time spent by you to review the documents, any changes required on them and, if you are making LPAs, on how long the certificate provider and each of your appointed attorneys (when more than one) take to complete the form.

Common scenarios and costs

Simple Mirror Wills

With no great value to their estate, Mr and Mrs Higgs want to make what are known as ‘mirror’ wills, each initially leaving everything to the other. Whichever one outlives the other will then take on responsibility for making a subsequent will and passing their wealth on to family members or others. Doing this does not preclude asking each other to make personal small bequests on their behalf after they have passed. This is a very simple and cost-effective way of ensuring the future. They agree between themselves that at some future stage they may also create LPAs if there is a risk that they might get to a stage when they lack the capacity to make their own decisions. Mancini Legal can create these mirror wills at the lowest cost.

A sensible Lasting Power or Attorney

Mr A’s mother is in her eighties and, whilst she very much has all her faculties, she is housebound. Her eyesight is also failing and her health in general is deteriorating. Her son manages her care, and carers come in every day. She and her son discuss her finances, but she worries that the day will come when she is not as sharp or well as she used to be and somebody else will need to make the decisions for her. Shrewdly she asks her son to organise Lasting Powers of Attorney through Mancini Legal for both her finances and her health, as doing both together will save money. It will also let him make quick decisions when they need to be made.

Leaving a range of bequests and legacies

Mrs Holden has survived two husbands who, sadly, both pre-deceased her. She had children with both and has benefited from legacies and growth in value of property and other assets. Getting older she wants to be scrupulously fair and transparent with the children (and now grandchildren) and wants to organise her affairs to get them in order ‘just in case anything should happen’. She needs advice on how best to make a will that is fair to all parties – this is actually quite straightforward and based on a standard ‘menu of costs’. As the size of her estate will almost certainly attract IHT, at the same time she wants to consider creating Trusts for her legatees. She is also considering making a law firm one of her executors in case there is a dispute. Finally, she decides it makes sense to create Lasting Powers of Attorney for a trusted younger friend outside of the slightly complicated family situation. This is very much bespoke advice, but Mrs Holden is happy it creates an organised and stressfree situation should her health deteriorate

Our Team of Will and LPA Professionals
Alessandro Mancini
CEO
Solicitor, LLB, DipIp
Qualified : 2009

Nadine Moaddel
Family Law & Private Client Manager
Solicitor
Nadine Moaddel is a family and private client solicitor with 6 + years of experience working in the law.
Nadine qualified as a solicitor in January 2018.

Family Law Pricing

According to statistics, around one third of all marriages currently end in divorce. If you find yourself in this situation, it is essential to have the right legal team in your corner.

If you need proactive and experienced advocates, we will take care of you.

At Mancini Legal, our Family and Divorce Solicitors have been offering divorce advice for the over ten years in Horsham, Haywards Heath, and surrounding areas.

We offer our first initial appointment free of charge, because we recognise the importance of choosing a Family and Divorce Solicitor you are comfortable with from the outset. Contact our Family and Divorce Solicitors in Horsham to find out more.

A free ‘screening consult’ (15 minutes) where generic advice is provided

OR

£125 + VAT for a tailored consultation, 1 hour (‘Engage’ is required to gather information for the consultation, along with ID Checks, AML & Compliance)

FINALLY 

Any secondary consultation will be charged at a fixed cost of £120 + VAT

Private Client Pricing

1. Uncontested probate services

Our overall fees for uncontested probate services (acting for the executors in administering the will of someone who has died) vary depending on how complex your matter is and what you would like us to do. This note provides a guide to how we calculate our charges for straightforward uncontested probate matters, together with an indication of how much the typical case is likely to cost. For an estimate tailored to your specific matter, please contact us on info@mancinilegal.law. We will discuss your matter and needs with you and provide you with a bespoke cost estimate.

1.1 Our charges

Our charges consist of:

· Our professional fees for the legal work, usually charged at an hourly rate combined with Fixed Fee rates.

· Costs and expenses paid to others in order to progress your matter, such as the application fee for the grant of probate. We handle making these payments on your behalf during the course of your matter, either using money that you have given us in advance or invoicing them to you together with our fees. These payments are called disbursements.

· VAT is charged on our professional fees at the applicable rate, which is currently 20%. Many disbursements also carry VAT, and we will inform you of the VAT on each disbursement as we go along.

1.2 Calculating our fees

This note provides an outline of our likely charges for the probate work involved in administering a straightforward probate matter, where someone has died leaving a valid will which is not disputed, their beneficiaries can be easily identified and contacted, and their estate is not very large or complex.

Our fees will be agreed with you as a at the start of your case, contained within our Client Care Letter

Our standard hourly rates are:

· Alessandro Mancini (CEO / Solicitor) £375 + VAT

· Lisa De-La-Hunty (FCLIEX) £285 + VAT

· Jay Gasson (Trainee Paralegal) £185 + VAT

On average a typical straightforward probate matter typical costs are between £5,000 and £15,000 plus VAT at 20%.

How straight forward or complicated the case is, and what assets are involved, will have an impact on the final costs. For example:

· If someone has died leaving only one beneficiary in an undisputed will and no property, the costs would be toward the lower end of the typical price range because the estate will be simple to administer.

· If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, the costs will be toward the higher end of the typical price range, even if the will is not disputed.

We would still be delighted to work with you in more complicated matters but would need to give you a quotation for the work tailored to your individual circumstances. Please contact us info@mancinilegal.law. We will discuss your matter and needs with you and provide you with a bespoke cost estimate.

1.3 Disbursements and other expenses

Disbursements are payments that are made to third parties on your behalf, for example the application fee for the grant of probate. They are separate payments for which the estate is liable in addition to our professional fees described above.

In a typical probate matter, the estate will need to pay the following disbursements:

· Probate application fee, which is currently £273 plus £1.50 for every extra office copy of the grant of probate which you require.

· Land registry bankruptcy search fees of £2.90 (per beneficiary).

· Fee for a legal notice to be posted in The London Gazette, which can help to protect against unexpected claims from unknown creditors. This is usually c.£200.

1.4 Other costs to consider

The costs estimates above do not include:

· A member of our staff acting as an executor of the estate.

· Any additional costs of disposing of estate assets, such as the costs of selling a property. For information about our conveyancing charges, see https://mancinilegal.com/conveyancing-solicitors-in-horsham/residential-conveyancing/

1.5 Matter time frame

A typical straightforward probate matter such as those described above can normally be dealt with within nine months, as follows:

· Notifying asset holders and placing legal notices: 1 Month

· Assessing the estate and applying for the grant of probate: 2 – 3 Months

· Distributing the assets: 2 – 3 months

· Preparing and finalising the estate accounts: 1 Month

1.6 Legal work involved in the transaction

Although estates will vary depending on their circumstances, in a typical probate matter we will need to do the following work, which will be covered by the guideline costs outlined in this note:

· Identifying the executors and beneficiaries.

· Communicating with and advising the executors, and communicating with the beneficiaries and other parties, throughout.

· Checking the type of probate application you will require.

· Obtaining the relevant documents required to make the application.

· Completing the probate application and any forms required by HM Revenue & Customs.

· Drafting the legal oath which the executors will need to sign

· Making the application for the grant of probate.

· Obtaining the grant of probate and distributing copies as necessary.

· Collecting and distributing the assets of the estate.

· Settling any liabilities of the estate.

· Preparing the final estate accounts and obtaining approval from executors and beneficiaries.

It would not normally be necessary to undertake other work or incur costs other than those described above. However, we would be very happy to provide you with a more tailored quote for all stages of your particular case once we know about your specific circumstances.

1.7 Staff dealing with the matter

Your probate matter will be handled by a trusted member of our experienced probate team. We have a number of qualified lawyers in the team as well as experienced paralegals specialised in this area of law. Once we know who will be handling your case for you we will introduce you to them and provide you with full details of their background and qualifications. Full details of the experience and qualifications of our team, and the work they undertake or supervise, are available here https://mancinilegal.com/about-us/meet-the-team/

Regardless of who is working on your case the matter will be supervised by Alessandro Mancini, CEO / Director and Solicitor within the firm

Conveyancing Pricing

1. Conveyancing services: buying, selling and mortgaging residential property

This note provides a guide to how we calculate our charges for residential conveyancing and an indication of how much the typical transaction is likely to cost. For an estimate tailored to your specific matter, please contact us on service.team@mancinilegal.law.  We will discuss your matter and needs with you and provide you with a bespoke cost estimate.

1.1 Our charges

Our charges are made up of:

  • Our professional fees for the legal work, usually charged at an hourly rate.
  • Costs and expenses paid to others in order to progress your matter, such as Land Registry fees. We handle making these payments on your behalf during the course of your matter, either using money that you have given us in advance, or invoicing them to you together with our fees. These payments are called disbursements.
  • VAT is charged on our professional fees at the applicable rate, which is currently 20%. Many disbursements also carry VAT, and we will inform you of the VAT on each disbursement as we go along.

1.2 Calculating our fees

    Our fees are calculated as follows:

    • If you are simply re-mortgaging your property then we charge a fixed fee of £700 plus VAT at 20%.
    • If you are selling a property, our fees depend on the value of the property, as set out in the table below.
    BandFee (Excluding VAT)
    0 – £100,000£600
    £100,001 – £200,000£850
    £200,001 – £300,000£875
    £300,001 – £400,000£950
    £400,001 – £500,000£975
    £500,001 – £600,000£1000
    £600,001 – £700,000£1050
    £700,001 – £800,000£1125
    £800,001 – £900,000£1225
    £900,001 – £1,000,000£1300
    £1,000,001 – £1,500,000£1500
    £1,500,001 – £2,000,000£1750
    £2,000,001 – £3,000,000£2150
    £3,000,001 – Plus£2500
    • If you are buying a property, our fees depend on the value of the property, as set out in the table below.
    BandFee (Excluding VAT)
    0 – £100,000£750
    £100,001 – £200,000£925
    £200,001 – £300,000£985
    £300,001 – £400,000£1080
    £400,001 – £500,000£1180
    £500,001 – £600,000£1280
    £600,001 – £700,000£1350
    £700,001 – £800,000£1420
    £800,001 – £900,000£1480
    £900,001 – £1,000,000£1550
    £1,000,001 – £1,500,000£1700
    £1,500,001 – £2,000,000£1820
    £2,000,001 – £3,000,000£2250
    £3,000,001 – Plus£2750
    • The fee estimated in the table is for one sale or one purchase only. If you are selling one property and buying another, the fees will be calculated separately for each transaction according to the value of the property involved.
    • If you are buying, selling or remortgaging a leasehold property (rather than a freehold) then there is an additional charge of £150 plus VAT at 20%.

    1.3 Disbursements and other expenses

    If, at any point during the transaction money needs to be sent by telegraphic transfer, we charge a fee of £47 plus VAT at 20%.

    The disbursements which you pay will depend on:

    • Whether you are buying or selling property or both.
    • Whether you are buying a freehold or leasehold property.
    • The type of property, as some types of property may require additional searches or enquiries.
    • The location of the property concerned, as properties in some locations may require additional searches or enquiries.

    (a) Buying a property

    Clients buying a freehold property will typically need to pay the following disbursements:

    • Search fees: £250 plus VAT at 20%;
    • HM Land Registry fee: £20 to £500 depending on the value of the property;
    • Land Charges Search: £2 for each name;
    • Land Registry Search: £3 for each title number;
    • ID verification: £45 plus VAT at 20% for each name;
    • Administration fee for compliance, AML and archiving: £75 plus VAT at 20%

    Depending on the type of property you are buying and where it is located you may also need to pay:

    • Auction fee: £200 plus VAT at 20%;
    • Help to Buy Equity Loan fee: £250 plus VAT at 20%;
    • Help to Buy / Lifetime ISA fee: £99 plus VAT at 20%;
    • New Build fee: £225 plus VAT at 20%;
    • Right to Buy fee: £150 plus VAT at 20%;
    • Shared Ownership fee: £225 plus VAT at 20%;
    • Unregistered property fee: £250 plus VAT at 20%;

    (b) Selling a property

    When selling a property, you will ordinarily need to pay the following disbursements:

    • Land Registry office copy entries and title plan: £9 for each title number;
    • ID verification: £45 plus VAT at 20% for each name;
    • Repaying Help to Buy equity Loan: £99 plus VAT at 20%;
    • Administration fee for compliance, AML and archiving: £75 plus VAT at 20%
    • Shared Ownership fee: £150 plus VAT at 20%
    • Unregistered property fee: £250 plus VAT at 20%;

    (c) Leasehold properties

    If the property is a leasehold property then the disbursements will be different and will typically include:

    • Notice of Transfer fee, as set out in the lease: £50 – 200 plus VAT at 20%. This fee is chargeable when buying a leasehold property;
    • Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged), as set out in the lease: £50 – 200 plus VAT at 20%. This fee is chargeable when buying a leasehold property;
    • Deed of Covenant fee. This fee is charged by the management company for the property and can be difficult to estimate, but may be in the region of £100 – £300 plus VAT at 20%. This fee is sometimes chargeable when buying a leasehold property;
    • Certificate of Compliance fee. This will be confirmed on receipt of the lease and can range between £50 – £100 plus VAT. This fee is chargeable when buying a leasehold property;
    • Leasehold Management Pack: £150 – £400. This fee is chargeable when selling a leasehold property.

    If you are simply remortgaging then we do not anticipate you incurring any disbursements except for Notice, Deed of Covenant and Certificate of Compliance fees in line with the above for leasehold properties.

    1.4 Stamp duty land tax

    If you are buying a property you will also need to pay stamp duty land tax (SDLT). The amount which you need to pay to the government depends on the price of the property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC’s website https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/calculate-stamp-duty-land-tax/#/intro (or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website https://gov.wales/land-transaction-tax-calculator ).

    We will submit the SDLT return and pay the tax due on your behalf, from the funds we have received from you, your lender, or your connected sale.

    1.5 Other costs to consider

    If you have a mortgage to discharge over a property you have sold, or have incurred an estate agent’s fee, we will normally pay the money owed directly to your lender and agent as needed out of the sale money we receive on your behalf from the buyer.

    You should also be aware that if you are purchasing a leasehold property then ground rent and service charges are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the property. We will confirm the ground rent and the anticipated service charge as soon as this we receive this information.

    1.6 Examples of our charges

    The table below is a typical example of what charges we would make to the client selling a freehold property for £300,000:

    CostAmountVAT
    Our legal fees£875£175
    Telegraphic transfer admin fee (assuming only one transfer)£47£9.40
    Office copy entries£9£0
    ID Verification (per person)£45£9
    Administration fee for compliance, AML and archiving£75£15
    Total£1,051£208.40

    Whereas the table below is a typical example of what charges we would make to a client selling a property for £300,000 and buying a new property for £350,000:

    Cost£Amount£ VAT
    Our legal fees£1955£391
    Search fees£250£50
    Telegraphic transfer admin fees (per transaction)£47£9.40
    ID Verification (per person)£45£9
    Administration fee for compliance, AML and archiving£75£15
    Land Registry fee (assuming benefit of LR online discount)£150£0
    Office copy entries£9£0
    Land Registry search£3£0
    Land charges search (per person)£2£0
    HMRC stamp duty£5000£0
    Total£7,630£474.40

    1.7 Transaction time frame

    How long it will take from your offer being accepted to completion will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes 2 – 3 months. The process can take more or less time depending on the other parties involved and whether your matter forms part of a chain.

    For example:

    • A first time purchase of a new build property with a mortgage in principle and a transaction that goes smoothly could take as little as six weeks.
    • A purchase of a leasehold property which requires an extension of the lease can take significantly longer, between three and six months, and additional charges would apply.

    1.8 Legal work involved with the transaction

    The precise stages involved in a conveyancing transaction may vary according to the circumstances.

    However in a typical property transaction we will need to do the following work, which will be covered by the guideline costs outlined in this note:

    • Take your instructions and give you initial advice.
    • Check that you have the necessary funds in place to finance the transaction, including any purchase price, SDLT and our charges.
    • Advise you on the contract and transfer, and prepare the documents if you are selling.
    • Carry out routine searches and enquiries on any property you are buying
    • Advise you on all information and correspondence received
    • Communicate with all other parties and lenders involved and advise you on those communications
    • Advise you on the conditions of any mortgage you are entering into.
    • Liaise with any mortgage lender in relation to the transaction and the drawdown or discharge of any mortgage
    • Send 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
    • Complete the transaction and arrange transfer of funds.
    • Submit the SDLT return and arrange payment of the tax due.
    • Complete any required registrations, for example with HM Land Registry, and deal with any requisitions

    In a simple remortgage transaction some of the above steps may not be required.

    It would not normally be necessary to undertake other work or incur other costs other than those described above. However, we would be very happy to provide you with a more tailored quote for all stages of your particular case once we know about your specific circumstances.

    1.9 Staff dealing with your transaction

    Your conveyancing transaction will be handled by a trusted member of our experienced conveyancing team. We have a number of qualified lawyers in the team as well as experienced paralegals specialised in this area of law. Once we know who will be handling your case for you we will introduce you to them and provide you with full details of their background and qualifications. Full details of the experience and qualifications of our team, and the work they undertake or supervise, are available here: https://mancinilegal.com/about-us/meet-the-team/

    Regardless of who is working on your case the matter will be supervised by our Head of Conveyancing.

    https://mancinilegal.com/about-us/meet-the-team/