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Our Fees

Conveyancing

Purchase

     Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the purchase of your new property, including acting for your lender (if required) dealing with registration at the Land Registry 

  and dealing with the submission and payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax.


A fee quotation or an agreed fixed fee will be set out in our Engagement Letter which will be sent to you at the beginning of our instructions along with our Terms of Business. 

 We do usually agree a fixed fee with you rather than charging on an hourly rate basis.

Our usual fee to act on your behalf on a freehold purchase will be between £900 plus VAT and £1,500 plus VAT. Our fee (including additional fees and disbursements) may vary 

depending on the purchase price and what work we are required to do.

Other fees which may be payable are:-

Leasehold purchase additional amount: £100 - £300 plus VAT
Help To Buy: £100 - £300 plus VAT
Help To Buy ISA: £50 - £200 plus VAT
Bank Transfer and Handling Fee: £27.50 plus VAT per transfer

Disbursements (costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties) which may be payable are:-

Bankruptcy search: £4 per person (if acting for your lender)
Priority search at the Land Registry: £3
Identity check: £4 plus VAT per person
CHAPS transfer fee: £7.50 plus VAT per transfer
Searches (such as local search, drainage & water search and environmental search) - £200 - £400 plus VAT
Stamp Duty Land Tax – this will depend on the value of your property, whether you are a first time buyer or whether you own a second property anywhere in the world

The length of time between instructing us and reaching an exchange of contracts will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 6 - 10 weeks. 

 It can be quicker or slower, depending on the number of parties in the chain and the timeliness of each party’s responses and returning documents. Completion usually 

takes place 2 – 4 weeks after an exchange of contracts.


Sale

Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the sale of your new property, including acting for your lender and redeeming a charge registered at the Land Registry (if required).

A fee quotation or an agreed fixed fee will be set out in our Engagement Letter which will be sent to you at the beginning of our instructions along with our Terms of Business. 

 We do usually agree a fixed fee with you rather than charging on an hourly rate basis.


Our usual fee to act on your behalf on a freehold sale will be between £850 plus VAT and £1,350 plus VAT. Our fee (including additional fees and disbursements) may vary 

depending on the purchase price and what work we are required to do.

Other fees which may be payable are:-

Bank Transfer and Handling Fee: £27.50 plus VAT per transfer
Leasehold sale additional amount: £100 - £250 plus VAT

Disbursements (costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties) which may be payable are:-

Land Registry: £6 - £28
Identity check: £4 plus VAT per person
CHAPS transfer fee: £7.50 plus VAT per transfer
Management pack for a leasehold property: £150 - £350

The length of time between instructing us and reaching an exchange of contracts will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 6 - 10 weeks. 

 It can be quicker or slower, depending on the number of parties in the chain and the timeliness of each party’s responses and returning documents. 

 Completion usually takes place 2 – 4 weeks after an exchange of contracts.

Remortgage

Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the remortgage process, including acting for your new lender and redeeming an existing charge registered at the Land Registry.

A fee quotation or an agreed fixed fee will be set out in our Engagement Letter which will be sent to you at the beginning of our instructions along with our Terms of Business. 

 We do usually agree a fixed fee with you rather than charging on an hourly rate basis.

Our usual fee to act on your behalf on a freehold remortgage will be between £400 plus VAT and £800 plus VAT. Our fee (including additional fees and disbursements) 

may vary depending on the funds advanced by your new lender and what work we are required to do.

Other fees which may be payable are:-

Bank Transfer and Handling Fee: £27.50 plus VAT per transfer
Leasehold additional amount: £150 - £300

Disbursements (costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties) which may be payable are:-

Land Registry: £6 - £28
Identity check: £4 plus VAT per person
CHAPS transfer fee: £7.50 plus VAT per transfer
Priority search at the Land Registry: £3
Management pack for a leasehold property: £150 - £350
Searches (if required): £200 - £400 plus VAT
Search indemnity: this will depend on the value of your property but your lender may accept this rather than obtaining searches (this option is usually cheaper and quicker)

The length of time between instructing us to completing the remortgage process and your new lender details being submitted to the Land Registry will depend on a number 

of factors. The average process takes between 4 - 6 weeks. It can be quicker or slower, depending on the nature of your individual circumstances, the timeliness of each 

party’s responses and returning of documents.

Wills

It is difficult to provide a complete fee schedule to draft a Will as this will depend on your circumstances and the instructions provided to us. In general, our fee to draft a “basic” Will is £300 plus VAT for one Will or £400 plus VAT for a pair of mirror Wills.

Our fee to draft a more complex Will such as one which contains a discretionary trust or an immediate post-death interest trust would be around £500 - £700 plus VAT.

If detailed inheritance tax planning is required or if cross-jurisdictional issues need to be considered or if company assets need to be considered, we will advise you as to our likely fee at the beginning of our instructions and our fee will be based on our hourly rate of £300 plus VAT. In such circumstances, our fee would usually be around £500 - £850 plus VAT.

A fee quotation or an agreed fixed fee will be set out in our Engagement Letter which will be sent to you at the beginning of our instructions along with our Terms of Business. We do usually agree a fixed fee with you for drafting a Will rather than charging on an hourly rate basis.

We can usually draft a Will within 1 – 4 days of receiving your instructions. Amendments may well be needed but, generally speaking, the process of completing a Will from start to finish takes about 2 weeks providing the instructions are relatively straightforward.

Estate Administration

It is difficult to provide an accurate estimate as to our likely fee to act on behalf of the personal representatives of an estate as this will depend on the complexity of the estate, the scope of our instructions, the number and type of assets within the estate, the number of beneficiaries of the Will or under the intestacy rules, the location of the deceased’s assets, whether inheritance tax is payable to HMRC or not etc. However, for a straightforward estate, our fee would usually be around £1,000 - £2,000 plus VAT and disbursements. For a more complex estate, such as one where an Inheritance Tax Account needs to be submitted to HMRC, or an estate with foreign assets or an estate with a vast number of assets, our fee would usually be around £3,000 - £5,000 plus VAT and disbursements.

Some estates will take considerably more time to administer than others and a more accurate fee quotation will be set out in our Engagement Letter which will be sent to you at the beginning of our instructions along with our Terms of Business, after we have met with you and discussed the nature of the deceased’s estate. Our hourly rate of £300 plus VAT will apply.

Some of the disbursements payable during the administration of an estate are as follows:-

Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals to obtain the grant or representation: £156 - £162
Land Registry (if required): £3 - £18
Section 27 Trustee Act 1925 Notice (if required): £250 - £350
Financial Asset Search (if required): £135
Bankruptcy searches: £2 per beneficiary

On average, a straightforward estate will take between 2 – 4 months to administer. A more complex estate will usually take between 6 – 18 months to administer but this period could be longer if the sale of a property or a business, for example, is required.

Lasting Powers of Attorney (“LPA”)

Our fee to meet with you, take your instructions, advise you, draft your LPA, act as your witness, act as your Certificate Provider (if required), liaise with your Attorney(s) and replacement Attorney(s) (if required) and register your LPA at the Office of the Public Guardian (“OPG”) will be as follows:-

For one type of LPA - £395 plus VAT
For both types of LPA - £495 plus VAT
For both types of LPA for a couple (i.e. 4 documents in total) - £750 plus VAT

A disbursement of £82 per document is payable to the OPG to register your LPA in addition to our above fees (i.e. £328 if both types of LPA for a couple are being registered with the OPG).

We can usually submit the application to the OPG to register your LPA within a week of receiving your instructions but this depends on when the Attorney(s) and replacement Attorney(s) can sign the LPA.

Enduring Powers of Attorney (“EPA”)

Our fee to act on behalf of an Attorney or Attorneys to register an EPA with the Office of the Public Guardian (“OPG”) where the donor has lost or is in the process of losing mental capacity will be between £250 plus VAT and £350 plus VAT. A disbursement of £82 is payable to the OPG to register the EPA in addition to our fee.

We can usually submit the application to the OPG to register an EPA within a week of receiving your instructions but this depends on when the Attorney(s) can serve the donor (if appropriate) with notice of the application.



Gabbitas Robins Solicitors is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (Number 00471979)      
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