Service

Process

Estimated duration

Estimated cost

ex VAT

Hourly cost

Fixed fee

Simple divorce

Mutually agreed by both parties, no children or finances to consider.

6 months

£650 + £550 court fees

Co-habitation deeds

An agreed document setting out the financial position of parties living together or planning to live together.

>1 month

£500

Deeds of separation

An agreed document setting out the financial position of parties separating.

>1 month

£500

Consent orders

Simple agreed Order setting out property split/ maintenance provisions/ if a lump sum is payable. Does not include trusts and does not include variations required by the court.

3-6 months

£600 + £50 court fee

Any other trust deed

Such as Declaration of Trust for Joint Tenants or Charges to be registered against family home.

>1 month

£500

Change of name deed

One consultation with a member of family team to change one person’s name. Does not include follow up consultation.

>1 month

£100

Preparing the same (estates up to £750k)

Drafting of document for parties prior to marriage subject to any amendments requested by the other party and signing of the same.

>2 months

£1,500

Approving on behalf of a client (estates over £750k)

Reading through proposed document, providing advice on the same and signing to confirm advice.

>1 month

£1,000

Preparing the same (estates up to £750k)

Drafting of document for parties prior to marriage subject to any amendments requested by the other party and signing of the same.

>2 months

£2,000

Approving on behalf of a client (estates over £750k)

Reading through proposed document, providing advice on the same and signing to confirm advice.

>1 month

£1,500

Post-nuptials preparing and approval

Drafting of document subject to any amendments requested by the other party and signing of the same.

>2 months

£1,500

Post-nuptials varying pre-nuptials

Drafting of document subject to any amendments requested by the other party where a Pre-Nuptial has previously been prepared and we are simply adding to the document and signing of the same.

>2 months

£750

Pet nuptial

Parties preparing a document prior to marriage which sets out who is to care for their pets in the event of separation.

>2 months

£150

Probate – with a valid Will

Estates less than £50k

Up to applying for grant of probate

4-6 weeks

£859

Estates including IHT205

Up to applying for the grant of probate including completion of the IHT205 & Oath

4-6 weeks

£1,250

Estates including IHT2015 and IHT217

Up to applying for the grant of probate including completion of the IHT205 & IHT217 & Oath

4-6 weeks

£1,750

Estates including IHT400

Up to applying for the grant of probate including completion of the IHT400 & Oath

8-12 weeks (dependent on 3rd parties)

£2,750

Estates over £1million

12-16 weeks (dependent on 3rd parties)

Up to 2% of the net estate

Post grant up to distribution

  • Gathering in assets
  • Liaising with third parties
  • Drafting estate accounts
  • Interim distributions
  • Bankruptcy searches

Depends on variety of scenarios, including house sales, share transfers.

  • Solicitor £225
  • NQ Solicitor £180
  • Legal assistants (by experience) £118 – £180

Tax elements / forms

1-2 weeks

£275

Final distributions and concluding matter

Finalising estate accounts and distribution

2-4 weeks

£275

Bankruptcy searches

£4

Probate fee

Cost increases for additional copies

from £155

Oath fee

(If solicitors are executors)

£7 per person

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Initial consultation

Up to 1 hour

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Letter before action

Sending letter to debtor – a demand for payment within a certain time and detailing process

£145

Attending court

It may be necessary for us to attend court throughout the debt recovery process

Fee dependent on hearing

Issuing court proceedings

Claims worth £300 – £10,000:

Claims from £10,000.01 to £200,000:

Claims from £200,000.01:

from £35 to £455

5% of the value of the claim

£10,000

Claims up to the value of £10,000 (non complex)

Dealing with debtor response, or lack of. Taking your instructions. Completing claim form and particulars of claim and submitting on your behalf. Liaising with you on the next stage of the matter.

£300

Claims from £10,000.01 to £25,000 (non complex)

Dealing with debtor response, or lack of. Taking your instructions. Completing claim form and particulars of claim and submitting on your behalf. Liaising with you on the next stage of the matter.

£500

Claims greater than £25,000.01

Dealing with debtor response, or lack of. Taking your instructions. Completing claim form and particulars of claim and submitting on your behalf. Liaising with you on the next stage of the matter.

£145

Entering default judgement

Once a judgement has been requested and granted it may become necessary to enforce the judgement. The judgement is a record that you are owed money.

Claims of all values

Preparing documents and submitting to court, liaising with you

£50

Enforcing judgement

Despite having obtained a judgement, the debtor may refuse to pay or ignore the judgement. If this becomes the case it will be necessary to enforce judgement,

Application for debtor to attend an information hearing

Making application. There will be a process server fee for personal service which is case dependent.

£150

Application for attachment of earnings

Making application – document preparation – bundle to court. (Court fee £110)

£250

Application for third party debt order

Making application – document preparations (Court fee £110 per application)

£300

Application for charging order

Making application – land registry fees (up to £106) (Court fees £110)

£350

Application for a warrant and execution at a debtors premises in the County Court

Additional fees – Court fee £66 and Compliance fee of £90, High Court Enforcement Officer’s administration fee

£150

Insolvency proceedings

If we are unable to recover the debt owed to you by the above methods then you may wish to consider insolvency proceedings. We will confirm a fixed rate with you unless you prefer to work with us on an hourly rate

Drafting and serving a statutory demand

Plus a process servers fee – up to £200

£150

Presenting a winding up / bankruptcy petition

We will prepare this and liaise with third parties. There are additional third party costs involved which we will discuss with you however these are generally around £2,300

£145 to £225

Contact us

  • Burgundy Court, 64-66 Springfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 6JY
  • 01245 258 892
  • Monday - Friday: 9am-5.30pm. Saturday by appointment only. Last Thursday of every month: 9am-8pm.
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