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You can rely on us to take charge, guide you through the legal process and keep you up to date. You can also rely on us to charge you fairly and at an openly-published rate.

Our fees

Type of work

Fee

VAT

Outlay

Total

Will

1 Standard Will from

£350

£70

£420

2 Standard Wills from

£500

£100

£600

1 Complex Will from

£700

£140

£840

2 Complex Wills from

£1,100

£220

£1,320

1 Codicil from

£150

£30

£180

2 Codicils from

£250

£50

£300

Type of work

Fee

VAT

Outlay

Total

Power of Attorney (POA)

1 POA from

£300

£60

£87

£447

2 POAs from

£500

£100

£174

£774

POA Revocation, when done with new POA from

£100

£20

£120

Home or Hospital Visit from

£150

£30

£180

Our Pricing for Administering an Executry Estate in Scotland*

Fees: When someone dies there is a need to wind up their affairs by collecting in their assets, settling any liabilities and then making over the remaining assets to whoever is entitled to them. This is referred to as “administering an estate” or “Confirmation” in Scotland.

In Scotland: The first step is to ascertain what assets an individual held as well as any debts and liabilities that they may have owed.

If necessary an application for Confirmation is then prepared. This will ultimately have to be submitted to the appropriate Sheriff Court.

A return to HMRC is prepared for inheritance tax purposes. The form of that return (as well as whether there is any tax to pay) will depend on the assets and liabilities of the deceased, whether they had made any gifts in lifetime and who their estate is to pass to. In the majority of cases, particularly (but not always) where Inheritance Tax is not payable the return is submitted to the Sheriff court along with the application for Confirmation.

In some circumstances the Inheritance Tax return has to be given to HMRC before the application for Confirmation is submitted to the court. After the relevant grant of Confirmation is received the executors can go about collecting in the estate and if necessary realising assets.

Where the individual left a Will we are obliged, under Law Society of Scotland rules, to intimate to the surviving wife/husband and to the children of the individual that, in place of their entitlement, if any, under the Will they can make a claim to legal rights in the individual’s estate which is a claim to a share of the net movable estate (all of the estate apart from houses and other land and buildings). If executors instruct us not to write to the husband/wife or children, we are obliged to cease acting in the administration of the estate at that time.

Following the estate being collected in the executors can settle any debts and liabilities that remain outstanding and then pay out entitlements due to beneficiaries. An executry account is then produced detailing the receipts and payments made during the estate administration.

Finally, any remaining balance is then paid out to the beneficiaries.

How do we Charge for the Administration of an Estate?

We charge on the basis of the time spent in dealing with the matter at a blended rate which takes account of the varying inputs of a partner, solicitor, paralegal and other fee earners. In most cases we will have the fee assessed by an independent party, either the Auditor of the Sheriff Court or Scottish Law Accountant based on our letter of engagement. “

By way of example, the following costs are indicative of the fees which will be charged.

Type of work

Cost estimate

'Straightforward' Estate

£2,500 to £6,000 (plus VAT)

'Medium' Estate

£5,000 to £20,000 (plus VAT)

'Complex' Estate

£20,000+ (plus VAT)

A ‘Straightforward’ Estate

A ‘Medium’ Estate

A ‘Complex’ Estate

Our Pricing for Family Law Advice*

Due to individual and differing circumstances in family law matters it is difficult to predict with certainty the total cost of our services. To better assess your circumstances, what steps require to be taken and what the likely costs are we would arrange an initial meeting/telephone consultation with you.

Initial meeting

The cost of an initial meeting with us varies depending on the team member with whom you meet. It ranges from £250 plus VAT to £325 plus VAT. An initial meeting usually lasts about an hour.

Thereafter, we charge on an hourly basis for our services in the family law team. Depending on the nature and complexity of the matter, the legal work undertaken by us may be completed one or several members of the team.

The number of hours spent on your case will be determined by the complexity of the case and your personal circumstances. At our initial meeting/consultation we will discuss the likely cost of your case with you. This will only be an indicative guide as it is impossible for us to predict with certainty at that early stage any unforeseen circumstances. If any additional costs arise we will discuss this with you at the earliest opportunity.

Our hourly rates do not include any outlays which may be required to be paid on your behalf. These vary depending on the nature of your case and we will discuss them with you at the initial meeting or at the earliest possible opportunity thereafter.

Agreements

Fixed fees

Type of work

Cost estimate

A 'Simplified Divorce'

£400 plus VAT and court outlay

An 'Undefended Divorce'

£1,200 plus VAT and court outlays

What is a ‘Simplified Divorce’?

What is a ‘Undefended Divorce’?

Our Pricing for Purchasing a Residential Property*

Our fees vary according to the value of the property, type of property, whether the property is already land registered or about to be registered in the Land Register of Scotland for the first time, the area in which the property is situated, etc.

You should contact one of our solicitors for a specific and detailed estimate of the fees but as a guide our fees in relation to the purchase of residential property start at £1,100 minimum plus VAT. In addition to your fees for a purchase, you will also require to pay various outlays.

Outlays can include:

Type of work

Cost estimate

Registration fees for registering the title deed and Standard Security in the Land Register of Scotland – amount varies according to the value of your property

Example: the registration fee for a £250,000 house would be £530

Registration fee for Advance Notices in the Register of Scotland to warn the Keeper of the transaction

£20 per deed

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Search fees when you are purchasing a new build property (as the builders do not normally provide the necessary searches)

£310

Rates and costs are current but may be amended at any time. VAT (Value Added Tax) is currently 20%. Different prices apply for commercial property.

Our Pricing for Selling a Residential Property (Legal Work)*

Our fee varies according to the type of property, whether the property is already land registered or about to be registered in the Land Register of Scotland for the first time, the area in which the property is situated, the value of the property, etc.

It is important to speak to one of the conveyancing solicitors in your area to get a detailed estimate but as a guide our fees for the legal work involved in the sale of a residential property start at £[935] minimum plus VAT. This does not include estate agency costs.

In addition to the fees, various outlays are payable.

These typically include:

Type of work

Cost estimate

Searches with Property Enquiry Reports, Coal Reports, Property and Personal Searches

Approx £175

Registers of Scotland fee to discharge any mortgage

£80 or £60 for digital discharge

Registers of Scotland Advance Notice fee

£20

Our pricing for Re-mortgage of Residential Property (Conveyancing)*

Type of work

Cost estimate

Registers of Scotland registration fee for the mortgage Discharge

£80 or £60 for digital discharge

Registers of Scotland registration fee for the new Standard Security

additional £80

Registers of Scotland Advance Notice for the new Security

£20

Search fees

approximately £175

Our pricing for Discharge of Security Work*

Our pricing for Employment Law Advice*

If you are seeking advice in relation to employment law, an initial consultation would last between 45 and 60 minutes and our charge would be capped at £300 plus VAT for this service. However, before this consultation would take place we may have an initial telephone call without personalised advice being given predominantly to assess whether we can act for them.

After the initial consultation, our solicitor requires to determine whether the case is a simple case, moderately complex or highly complex case. There are prices for these tiers below. Importantly these costs work as an approximate guide. There are various complicating factors which may cost extra including but not limited to: resisting costs applications, including expert witnesses, the level of support required by the client etc. We will give you full pricing details tailored to your case when you instruct us.

Type of work

Cost estimate

A simple case (a hearing lasting for up to 2 days)

approximately £5,000 to £15,500 plus VAT

A medium complexity case (a hearing lasting between 3 and 5 days)

approximately £15,500 to £29,500 plus VAT

approximately £29,500 or more plus VAT

Rates and costs are current but may be amended at any time. VAT (Value Added Tax) is currently 20%.

How our fees are calculated

Level

Fee per hour

Partner

£350

Director

£320

Associate

£300

Senior Solicitor

£280

Client Support / Private Client Manager

£255

Executries / Paralegal Manager

£255

Senior Paralegal

£255

Solicitor

£255

Paralegal

£210

Legal Executive

£175

Trainee Paralegal

£175

Trainee Solicitor

£175

Other work

All other private client work and advice, including tax and succession planning, Guardianship Applications, Creation and Administration of Trusts, Succession and Tax Planning are charged on a time-spent basis in line with our general fees.

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