Our Charges

At DJS Law Solicitors, we pride ourselves on providing an efficient and affordable service to all our clients.  In cases where we can charge a fixed-fee for certain aspects of work, we will do so.  This can generally include:

  • requesting the file;
  • reviewing papers and documents;
  • advising;
  • instructing an expert;
  • drafting a Letter of Claim;
  • conducting negotiations; or
  • commencing Court proceedings

Other types of work will generally be charged on an hourly-rate basis that you will be advised about at the first meeting and in your Letter of Engagement.
 
Wills

We offer fixed-fee services for wills and probate services, as follows:

Standard Will – £225.00 + VAT per person

Standard Mirror Will – £375.00 + VAT per couple

Standard Wills would not involve issues of trusts or overseas assets.  We can offer fixed-fee services for more complex wills and can advise you of such costs once we have a better idea of the composition of your estate and your intentions.
 
Grant of Probate

Where a Will is in existence and the Executors need to apply for the Grant of Probate, we offer fixed-fee services as follows:
 
Obtaining the Grant of Probate

£1,225.00 + VAT + disbursements (if no Inheritance Tax is payable); and

£2,750.00 + VAT + disbursements (if Inheritance Tax is payable)

These fees include all the necessary work to obtain a Grant of Probate, which include:

  • Initial conference to identify the scope of the estate and the correct type of probate application that is required;
  • Obtaining the relevant documents in support of the application;
  • Completing the Probate Application and necessary HMRC Forms;
  • Drafting Legal Oath for swearing;
  • Making the Application to the Probate Registry; and
  • Obtaining the Grant of Probate

Once the Grant of Probate has been obtained, our retainer would end and you would be responsible for collecting the estate assets, settling any debts and administering the estate.

 

Administering the Estate

£3,225.00 + VAT + disbursements (if no Inheritance Tax is payable)

£3,750.00 + VAT + disbursements (if no Inheritance Tax is payable)

These fees include all the necessary work to Administer the Estate, which include:

  • Initial conference to identify the scope of the estate and the correct type of probate application that is required;
  • Obtaining the relevant documents in support of the application;
  • Completing the Probate Application and necessary HMRC Forms;
  • Drafting Legal Oath for swearing
  • Making the Application to the Probate Registry
  • Obtaining the Grant of Probate
  • Collecting the assets in the estate
  • Settling debts
  • Distributing assets in the estate
  • Preparing estate accounts


Additional Costs

There may be circumstances where the fees set out above may increase and if this is the case, you will be informed of what the likely extra costs will be.  Costs in addition to the fixed fee may be needed where:

  • There is no valid Will
  • There are missing or unknown beneficiaries
  • There is a dispute regarding the estate
  • There are overseas assets
  • There are business assets
  • Valuations are needed for property and/or savings and investments
  • Tax advice needs to be obtained


Disbursements

These are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees or court fees.  We handle the payment of disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Probate Application fee – £155.00

Land Registry fee – £3.00 per property

Swearing fee – £5.00 + £2.00 per exhibit

Copies of Grant – £0.50p per copy

Statutory Notices (to protect against unexpected claims) – £150.00