Write a will with our experienced team in Liverpool and Bootle

Write a will with the wills and probate experts at James Murray Solicitors, based in our Liverpool and Bootle offices. Our quality service will give you peace of mind, so call our team today.

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What we do

This area of law is of course very broad and diverse but we are proud to be able to offer a wide range of legal services from preparing wills to administering complex Estates, registering power of attorney, and everything in between. We are pleased to offer a no obligation, free half-hour appointment which will enable us to obtain your instructions, assess your particular needs and advise you as to your best course of action.

Wills & Probates

There are several very important documents that you will accumulate during your lifetime. Your birth certificate, your degree certificate, your marriage certificate, the deeds to your home and your children’s birth certificates.

Perhaps the most important document of all, although often overlooked, is your will. Nobody enjoys thinking or talking about death. But, whilst it is difficult, it is important to think about will happen to your assets when you die. Writing a will is not obligatory and it is an easy task to put off. However, many problems can arise if you die without leaving a valid will.

Fixed Fees

Will Drafting Costs

Single Will:
Costs: £125.00
VAT: £25.00
Total: £150.00
Mutual Wills:
Costs: £230.00
VAT: £46.00
Total: £276.00

Probate Costs
The following is a list of prices for probate work in relation to uncontested matters where all the assets are in the United Kingdom. Where appropriate, there is a breakdown of separate costs for individual pieces of work, for example preparation of tax returns. Similarly, any disbursements involved are also itemised separately.

Obtaining Grant of Probate or the Grant of Letters of Administration only

This means that the Executors or Administrators can then deal with the actual administration of the Estate and which we could obtain a grant for them:-
Costs: £500.00
VAT: £100.00
Total: £600.00

To deal with the entire Estate

To include obtaining the Grant, thereafter collecting in the assets, clearing any liabilities and thereafter distributing to the beneficiaries:-
Band 1 – for Estates with a value up to and including £50,000.00: £1500.00
VAT: £300.00
Total Band 1: £1800.00
Band 2 – for Estates with a value between £50,000.00 and £250,000.00: £2000.00
VAT: £400.00
Total Band 2: £2400.00
Band 3 – for Estates with a value between £250,000.00 and £325,000.00: £2500.00
VAT: £500.00
Total Band 3: £3000.00
Band 4 – All other Estates in excess of £325,000.00, the work will be charged at an hourly rate and we will assess at our first interview the approximate amount of time that we believe the work will take and provide you with an estimated cost including the VAT at that time.  This would depend upon the complexity of the Estate and the number of properties, accounts or shareholdings that may be involved. £TBC

All of the above fixed prices cover Estates where:-

  • There is a valid Will;
  • There is no more than 1 property;
  • There are no more than 6 bank or building society accounts;
  • There are no other intangible assets;
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on the division of assets;

Where there is no Will, there will be an additional charge added to the fixed fees in each case which will be £300.00 plus VAT (£360.00)

Where there are any disputes between any beneficiaries, the likelihood is that we would then provide a detailed estimate based on hourly rates according to the work that was necessary and/or may consider referring the client to obtain alternative representation.

There will be disbursements that will need to be paid as part of the Administration of the Estate. These are paid to third parties. They may include any of the following, though this is not to be considered an exhaustive list:-

  • Probate Application fee of £155.00;
  • Swearing of the Oath (per Executor/Administrator) – £7.00;
  • Bankruptcy Land Charges Department Searches – £1/£2 (per beneficiary) posting in the London Gazette (protect against unexpected claims from unknown creditors)- £98.40;
  • Posting in a local newspaper (again to protect against unexpected claims)£TBC

We may need to enlist the assistance of other third parties in connection with the Administration of the Estate, such as obtaining a Valuation from a Chartered Surveyor for a property, for engaging the services of a Conveyancing Solicitor or Licensed Conveyancer, to sell or transfer a property. If these services need to be engaged we will provide you with estimates of those costs upfront before we refer the work out to the third parties.

In addition to Administrating Estates, our Probate Department also offers the following services:-

Preparing Lasting Power of Attorney, for Health and Welfare or Financial Matters:
Costs: £350.00
VAT: £70.00
Total: £420.00
If two Lasting Power of Attorneys are required, the following fixed fee will apply for both:
Costs: £500.00
VAT: £100.00
Total: £600.00

Meet our expert

Christian Sereni LLB (Hons)

Christian Sereni LLB (Hons)

Solicitor

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Find out more about writing a will with our professional team: 0151 933 3333

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