Pricing Information for Thomas Simpson Solicitors

Probate Pricing

We do not believe in charging a proportion of the estate value as some other probate practitioners do. We believe that we should be paid only for the work that is necessary and that we carry out. Therefore we charge our hourly rate of £210 plus VAT for probate work.

We are required to provide pricing information on our probate services.  It is very difficult to give a useful example as every case is different and requires different amounts of work.  We have set out below an example based on a simple estate administration but we would be very happy to provide you with a more accurate estimate.  We offer a free 30 minute interview in order to be able to provide you with some initial advice and a realistic estimate for your particular estate.

In addition to providing a full administration service we are happy to offer fixed fee interviews and ad hoc advice (at our hourly rate) for people who wish to administer an estate themselves.  We will provide whatever level of service you require.

A simple estate would be one that meets the following criteria:

  • A valid Will
  • No inheritance tax is payable & the short form tax form can be completed
  • No more than one property
  • No overseas assets
  • No more than 3 bank or building society accounts
  • No more than 3 shareholdings
  • No other investments
  • No more than 2 pensions (including the state pension)
  • No other investments
  • No more than 5 beneficiaries
  • No disputes arise and no claims are made against the estate

If we are instructed to fully administer a simple estate then we would anticipate that this would take between 6 and 8 hours of work.  This would cost £1,260 – £1,680 plus VAT.

In addition to our fees the following costs may be payable:

  • Court probate fee of £155 (plus £1 for every copy)
  • Conveyancing costs
  • Bankruptcy search fees usually of between £4 – £8
  • Notice in London Gazette costs approximately £78
  • Notice in local papers costs approximately £250

This pricing does not cover estates where any inheritance tax is payable.  We would be happy to provide you with a more personal estimate of costs after a free 30 minute interview.  You can find inheritance tax calculators online so that you can see whether inheritance tax is payable and to estimate any liability.

Crime – Pricing

Our fixed fees for summary only motoring offences (when dealt with at a Magistrates’ Court) will cover attendance and representation at a single hearing (whole or part day) for which a date has been set:

Guilty plea and mitigation £300 plus VAT
Special reasons or exceptional hardship argument £600 plus VAT
Trial £2,000 plus VAT

The above fees include time spent in considering the evidence, taking instructions and giving advice (and on likely sentence, if appropriate).

The fixed fees do not include the following:

  • Instructing an expert witness
  • Taking statements from witnesses
  • Advice or assistance relating to appeal
  • Solicitor’s travel costs to court
  • Court and/or prosecution costs