Our Fees Chester, Cheshire

In some residential property, commercial/company matters as well as will-writing and probate we offer a competitive fixed fee for dealing with the matter.

In all other cases, our fee depends on the complexity of your case and we will provide you with an estimate and keep you appraised as to costs as your case progresses.

You may find other firms that charge less, but none delivers better value for money.

Property Purchase Fees
Property Sale Fees
Remortgage Fees
Wills and LPA
Probate

Conveyancing

Below is a brief summary of the expertise our conveyancing team have together with a guide to estimate the fees you will likely need to pay:

Jane Meakin – Jane is a solicitor and head of the residential property department. She qualified in 1988 and worked for many years in London and then in a large Chester Practice. Jane has particular expertise in residential leasehold property.

Rhian Thomas – Rhian  is a solicitor and partner at Storrar Cowdry.  She qualified in 1997 and worked for many years at large Chester legal practice before moving to Storrar Cowdry in 2014.  Rhian has specialised in Residential Property throughout her legal career.  She is a fluent Welsh speaker and has expertise in all aspects of residential property ranging from country properties to high value flats and houses in London.

Daniel Stear – Dan  is a senior solicitor experienced in all aspects of residential property work and acts for many investor clients. He qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and headed up the residential property department in a firm in Liverpool before moving back to Cheshire.

Property Purchase Fees

Purchase Price (£)Fee (ex VAT)
0-125,000 £500.00
175,000 £575.00
200,000 £595.00
300,000£650.00
350,000£675.00
400,000£750.00
500,000£795.00
600,000£850.00
700,000£895.00
800,000£950.00
1,000,000£1000.00
above 1 million0.25%

Legal & Admin FeesFee (ex VAT)
Bank Transfer Admin Fee £30.00
Simple Charge Document £200.00
Declaration of Trust £200.00
Leasehold House £150.00
Case Management Admin Fee £30.00
Additional Fees for Leasehold Flat / Apartment £200.00
Additional Fees for New Build Properties £200.00

Disbursements / Payments to Third Parties Fee (ex VAT)
Land Registry Feevariable – see online calculator on Land Registry website
Search Pack £250.00 – £400.00 depending on charges levied by Local Authority
Bank’s Charges Per Money Transfer £12.00
Bankruptcy Search £2.00
Land Registry Official Search £3.00

Property Sale Fees

Sale Price (£)Fee (ex VAT)
0-125,000 £500.00
175,000 £550.00
250,000£595.00
300,000£595.00
350,000£650.00
400,000£695.00
500,000£750.00
600,000£795.00
700,000£850.00
800,000£895.00
1,000,000£950.00
above 1 milion0.15%
Legal and Admin Fees Fee (ex VAT)
Bank Transfer Admin Fee £30.00
Leasehold House £100.00
Case Management Admin Fee £30.00
Additional Fees for Leasehold Flat / Apartment £100.00

Disbursements / Payments to Third Parties Fee (ex VAT)
Bank’s Charges Per Money transfer £12.00
Official Copies (Freehold) £6.00
Official Copies (Leasehold) £12.00

Remortgages

Remortgage Cost (£)Fee (ex VAT)
0-125,000 £500.00
175,000£500.00
200,000£500.00
300,000£550.00
350,000£650.00
400,000£750.00
700,000£850.00
1,000,000£950.00

Wills and Lasting Power of Attorney

At Storrar Cowdry our experienced Solicitors will handle your case and ensure that it is tailored to your situation.

Every estate differs and it is difficult to be precise about our charges but we aim, here to give you an illustration of our costs.  We will give you a more detailed letter of engagement when we start acting for you.

Advice and preparation of a Will:

When we discuss your Will with you we prefer to discuss this face to face, or if you live some distance away, by phone conferencing.

Our aim is to tailor your Will to your particular requirements and to give you advice on the best ways to achieve your goals.

For one individual preparing a Will we charge £300 + VAT

For a couple preparing Wills together we charge £375 + VAT

The costs given above do not include the following, but we can advise you of these and give you an estimate of our additional charges should these be suitable for your needs

  • Additional trust structures within your Will
  • Inheritance tax planning
  • Severing the joint tenancy of a property or other related property matters
  • Advice on Lasting Powers of Attorney – including registration with the Office of the Public Guardian
  • We are happy to provide separate cost information for this transaction.

If we are also drafting and registering Lasting Powers of Attorney for your Property & Financial affairs and for your Health & Welfare our fees are

  • £500 plus VAT for one
  • £700.00 plus VAT for two
  • £1,100.00 plus VAT for four LPAs (both types for two clients)

For each Lasting Power of Attorney the court charges a fee of £82.00. However if your income is less than £12,000 per person the court will charge £41 per application, we need to complete additional forms to demonstrate this.

These costs also do not include travel time and costs to come and see you, should you require a home visit.  Again we will be pleased to give you an estimate of these fees, if this service is needed.

Probate

Probate  (range of costs)

At Storrar Cowdry our experienced Solicitors will handle your case and ensure that it is tailored to the situation

Every estate differs and it is difficult to be precise about our charges but we aim, here to give you an illustration of our costs.  We will give you a more detailed letter of engagement when we start acting for you.

Administration of an estate:

Example 1

A case where there are assets in the deceased’s sole name and we help with the application only for a Grant of Probate.  Our work would be:

  • The preparation of the short form of declaration to H M Revenue and Customs for Inheritance Tax
  • The application to the Court for the Grant of Probate (an Oath for Executors or Administrators)
  • Sending the Executors the Grant of Probate for them to continue to collect in the deceased’s assets.

The costs anticipated for this would be £850 plus VAT.

For all applications there will be the standard external fees of

  • the Commissioner to “swear” the court application £7 per Executor and
  • the Court fees of £155 plus 50p per additional copy Grant (if obtained at the same time)
  • H M Land Registry search fees to check registered titles of £3 per search

If this estate has an on-going trust, such as a Nil Rate Band Discretionary Trust, to administer then additional advice and work relating to this trust would likely to be in the region of £900 – £1,000 plus VAT.

Example 2

A case where there are assets in the deceased’s sole name and the need for a Grant of Probate would involve:

  • The preparation of the short form of declaration to H M Revenue and Customs for Inheritance Tax
  • The application to the Court for the Grant of Probate (an Oath for Executors or Administrators)
  • Collecting in the assets once a Grant of Probate is issued
  • Accounting to the beneficiaries for the assets in the estate including income paid after the date of death
  • Preparing full estate accounts and making distributions to the beneficiaries

The costs anticipated for this would be in the region of £2,000 to £4,000 plus VAT.  The variation in fees may depend on the number of assets involved and the complexities of these assets.  For all applications there will be the standard external fees of

  • the Commissioner to “swear” the court application £7 per Executor and
  • the Court fees of £155 plus 50p per additional copy Grant (if obtained at the same time)
  • H M Land Registry search fees to check registered titles of £3 per search

If this estate has an on-going trust, such as a Nil Rate Band Discretionary Trust to administer then additional advice and work relating to this trust would likely to be in the region of £900 – £1,000 plus VAT.

Example 3

A case where there are assets in the deceased’s sole name and a need for a Grant of Probate would involve:

  • The preparation of a full declaration to H M Revenue and Customs for Inheritance Tax but where no Inheritance Tax is actually payable
  • The application to the Court for the Grant of Probate (an Oath for Executors or Administrators)
  • Collecting in the assets once a Grant of Probate is issued
  • Accounting to the beneficiaries for the assets in the estate including income paid after the date of death
  • Preparing full estate accounts and making distributions to the beneficiaries

The costs anticipated for this would be in the region of £2,000 to £4,500 plus VAT.  The variation in fees may depend on the number of assets involved and the complexities of these assets.  For all applications there will be the standard external fees of

  • the Commissioner to “swear” the court application £7 per Executor and
  • the Court fees of £155 plus 50p per additional copy Grant (if obtained at the same time)
  • H M Land Registry search fees to check registered titles of £3 per search

If this estate has an on-going trust, such as a Nil Rate Band Discretionary Trust to administer then additional advice and work relating to this trust would likely to be in the region of £900 – £1,000 plus VAT. 

Example 4

A case where there are assets in the deceased’s sole name and a need for a Grant of Probate would involve

  • Corresponding with all asset holders and creditors
  • The preparation of a full declaration to H M Revenue and Customs for Inheritance Tax with  Inheritance Tax being due
  • Advising on the payment of Inheritance Tax before the Grant of Probate can be issued.
  • The application to the Court for the Grant of Probate (an Oath for Executors or Administrators)
  • Collecting in the assets once a Grant of Probate is issued
  • Negotiations with H M Revenue for Inheritance Tax or adjustments to the Inheritance Tax calculations
  • Accounting to the beneficiaries for the assets in the estate including income paid after the date of death
  • Preparing full estate accounts and making distributions to the beneficiaries

The costs anticipated for this would be in the region of £12,000 to £15,000 plus VAT.  The variation in fees may depend on the number of assets involved and the complexities of these assets.  For all applications there will be the standard external fees of

  • the Commissioner to “swear” the court application £7 per Executor and
  • the Court fees of £155 plus 50p per additional copy Grant (if obtained at the same time)
  • H M Land Registry search fees to check registered titles of £3 per search

If this estate has an on-going trust to administer then additional advice and work relating to this trust would likely to be in the region of £1,000 – £2,500 plus VAT.

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter.

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 2-5 months, depending on how quickly the assets of the deceased can be assessed.

Typically, obtaining the Grant of Probate takes 2 to 3 weeks, once the application has been submitted to court.  This may be delayed by a further 2-3 weeks or so if a payment due for  Inheritance Tax and receipt is required from H M Revenue & Customs.

Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 3-5 weeks, depending on the responses of other organisations. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, if all creditors have been paid and all beneficiaries have been correctly identified.  This may which normally takes a further 3 to 5 weeks.   This process can be delayed if there is a house to sell or a complex discussion with H M Revenue & Customs as whether further Inheritance Tax is due.

The above cost estimates do not include any fees for selling or transferring a property during the deceased’s estate.  We are happy to provide separate cost information for this transaction.

These costs also do not include work helping you if there is a dispute about the Will or the estate, again we will provide separate cost estimates should the need arise.

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