Our Basic Professional Wills Service
Fixed fee of £180
Our extensive range of professionally drafted will writing services starts with our basic fixed price standard form for a single Will that retails for just £180 (including VAT)*. This basic version of our Professional Wills Service enables you to:
- appoint up to four executors, to administer your estate according to your wishes, and to appoint a substitute executor
- make specific gifts of cash or property in a letter of wishes addressed to your executors
- leave the residue of your estate to up to six different people (including charities) with substitute gifts
- appoint this firm as a contingent professional executor (to help your lay executors implement your wishes) BUT subject to the absolute right of your executors to decline our services (without having to give any reason or explanation) upon reaching a unanimous decision to this effect (whereupon no charge will be made) provided this is communicated within 14 days of their being notified of our appointment and our estimated charges. We are always happy to assume a restricted role in assisting your lay executors to discharge their duties, if that is their preference. We will rarely ever accept an appointment without there being unanimous agreement by the lay executors, unless there is a strong ethical reason that requires our involvement (such as a where a vulnerable beneficiary’s interests need protecting). It is also open to you to appoint us on an unconditional basis if you wish, which is the conventional practice.
The Basic Professional Will is the entry level to a range of high quality Will writing services that does not require you to visit our offices in person.
You will be assigned one of our trained staff to draft your Will. All our communications will be entirely by email or phone.
The service includes simple preliminary self-assessment process that checks that this product is suitable for your circumstances; we will provide you with a step by step guide that prompts you to provide all the information we need to prepare a professionally drafted Will on your behalf and an easy to follow guide to executing your will (this involves you arranging to sign your Will in the presence of two witnesses).
We store your Will for free and for as long as needed.
Supplemental Services for our Basic and Standard Professional Wills
We also complement our Basic and Standard forms of Professional Wills with discounted pricing on a range of supplemental services.
*The Basic and Standard Professional Wills Service is offered subject to terms and depend on their suitability. We reserve the right to decline to provide a Basic or Standard Professional Wills service where, in our absolute discretion, we consider either service is inappropriate.
Our Bespoke Wills Service
Fixed Price Quotations from £360
The basic entry level charge for our individualised Professional Wills Service starts at £360 (including VAT)*.
This bespoke service enables you to consult with one of our specialist lawyers, face to face. We take on the responsibility for taking the initiative throughout, including:
- drafting your Will
- organising your witnesses
- setting up and administering the execution of your Will
- storing it at no extra charge for as long as required and
- registering your Will in a national registry, so it’s existence is not overlooked.
Face to face meetings and consultations can easily be undertaken remotely, using a convenient combination of phone, emails and video conferencing technology. See below for our ground breaking Remote Wills Execution Service.
We also offer conventional physical meetings at either of our premises in the centre of Taunton or Ilminster, in Somerset. We are also happy to travel to meet you at your home or other suitable location, or to arrange for agents, for an additional charge.
Whatever your Will writing needs, we can accommodate them.
* The pricing of the Bespoke Wills Service is subject to terms and conditions
Supplemental Services for Bespoke Wills
We also complement our Bespoke Wills Service with discounted pricing on certain supplemental services.
Our ground breaking research in April 2020 led to our developing the first Remote Wills Service in the country. We lead the nation with our ability to execute Wils online using video conferencing technology.
On 1 May 2020, during the first Covid-19 lockdown, we were the first law firm in the county to administer a self-isolating client complete his Will online with the innovative use of video streaming technology. We set another precedent, this time an international record, by executing remotely the UK’s first cross-border Will for an elderly expat lady living in Crete, on 29 July 2020.
We were alone in campaigning for law reform to sanction this practice which the Law Commission and Law Society wrongly asserted to be invalid. Our snap campaign was an outstanding success, resulting in emergency legislation sanctioning the practice of video witnessing of Wills.
If you are worried about the Covid-19 risk involved in travelling to visit a solicitor to discuss or execute your will; from associating with witnesses, or perturbed by the indirect risk of infection though contact with potentially contaminated objects (or perturbed by all three), we are unique in offering two innovative solutions.
We provide a Video Will witnessing service that has been officially sanctioned by the government, as a direct result of this firm’s independent research and our our pro bono law reform campaign in 2020.
We charge a fixed supplemental fee of £420 (including VAT) for this service.
For a relatively straight forward entry level Bespoke Will, our total charge for meeting you remotely and for providing our personal service culminating in the video witnessing of the execution of your Will, where we provide the witnesses, through to the registration and storage of your Will is likely to cost £780 including VAT.
Delegated Signing and Witnessing
In exceptional and urgent cases, we are also able to offer our completely unique Remote Will Execution Service. This service is based on our ground breaking legal research and is so novel that it has yet to be validated by a court. This involves our signing your Will under your direction and in your name, in your remote online presence, with our staff attesting to the same, also in your remote online presence, all in a single online session.
Our supplemental charge for this truly unique service is £700 (including VAT).
Which Will is Right For You?
In an ideal world, every Will should be as unique as the person making it. We can help you achieve this with our Basic, Standard and Bespoke Professional Wills Services.
Only a qualified fully trained legal professional possesses the skill set to help you decide which provisions best reflect your wishes as befits your personal circumstances, your relationships and the nature your estate. In many cases, a relatively straight forward Will suffices but in many other cases, commonly used provisions will not fully achieve your wishes or provide the best protection from avoidable tax liability or other risks. This is where our Professional Wills Service comes into its own: we will ensure that you get the right Will that fully achieves your wishes.
Take advantage of our reduced £60 fee for a half hour consultation, see above under Supplemental Services.
Call us for an estimate on: 01823 288121
Or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org , indicating when you would like us to ring you between 10 am and 4.00 pm on a weekday.
See also under Wills
Lasting Powers of Attorney
There are two different categories of Lasting Power:
- One that allows your attorney to manage your financial and property affairs
- One that allows your attorney to make decisions concerning your health and welfare
Fixed fee scale
|Preparing and registering a single LPA of either type||£400||£80||£82||£562|
|Preparing both types for one person or one type each for a couple (LPA x 2)||£500||£100||£164||£764|
|Preparing both types for two people (LPA x 4)||£700||£140||£328||£1,168|
Probate & Estate Administration
Our Hourly Charge Rates
In keeping with our principle of charging as little as possible and only as much as needed, we endeavour to assign the appropriate level of expertise and experience to each task we undertake.
Value for money
As our Wills and probate team are based in Somerset, our hourly charge rates are significantly lower than those that are charged by law firms operating from expensive city premises.
The hourly charge rates of our Wills and Estates Administration Team
|Legal Assistant: A member of our legal Will writing staff, who may be a trainee solicitor or trainee legal executive, who works under the direct supervision of a more experienced member of staff and who is primarily responsible for administrative work||£130||£26||£156|
|Case manager / Legal executive: A member of staff with at least two years or more experience of Wills and Estates Administration work. This would include Legal Executives, Law Graduates and Graduate Legal Executives||£185||£37||£222|
|A Qualified Solicitor or a CILEX accredited Legal Executive usually with five or more years relevant experience||£220||£44||£264|
|A Senior Solicitor or partner Usually with with ten or more years relevant experience||£250||£50||£300|