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Palmers Solicitors

Palmers Price and
Service Information

In order to help you to understand the likely costs of certain areas of work we undertake and the services that are included within these costs, included below is information relating to our Residential Conveyancing Services and our Probate Services.  All our fees include advice as required and personal access to the person carrying out work on your behalf. Work which we undertake within the areas of Residential Property and Probate is carried out by a Solicitor and/or Chartered Legal Executive, whilst also being supervised by a Partner of the firm. The Partner allocated to supervise your instruction is a solicitor of considerable experience within the applicable area of law.

Residential Conveyancing

For Residential Conveyancing and where there are no special factors, our normal fee is £1,600 plus VAT.  This charge applies whether the property is freehold or leasehold and includes any work carried out for an associated mortgage lender.  Our fee applies for both sales and purchases and, as a firm, we hold the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme accreditation.

Examples of the likely disbursements for property transactions are as follows:-

  • Government Stamp Duty (when buying);
  • Land Registry registration fees; and
  • Search fees.

On request, we can advise on the amounts involved which are specific to your instruction. Where any special factors apply, we will discuss with you any impact this might have on the fee for our service.

Our fee for a property purchase instruction includes:-

  • Investigating Title;
  • Examining the Contract for Purchase;
  • Obtaining information about the property from the seller’s solicitors and from statutory undertakers such as water utilities; and
  • Drafting the Deed that will transfer the property. 

Our fee for a sale of your property includes:-

  • Satisfying all reasonable enquiries raised by a purchaser’s conveyancer;
  • Preparing a suitable Contract for Sale and effecting the conveyance of the property;
  • Ensuring that the full price is received in order to pay off any mortgage involved and thereafter net proceeds of sale being distributed according to the client’s instructions;
  • Effecting registration of Title at HM Land Registry as required; and
  • Enabling clients to track the progress of their case on line via our Case Management System which, together with information provided by us from time to time, will provide a likely timescale.

A relatively small part of our conveyancing work consists of equity releases and acting for a mortgage lender alone, for which we can provide price and service information on request.

Probate Service

Fees for our Probate Service are normally a fixed fee amount, agreed at an early stage in an estate’s administration (once we are in possession of information about the Will or intestacy and the assets, liabilities, number of beneficiaries and nature of the estate).  To reflect the responsibility carried by the Practice, our fixed fee is normally based on a small percentage of the value of the estate involved, a percentage which ranges between 1% and 3% (both percentages exclusive of VAT).  We discuss with the client the work required and provide a cost proposal accordingly.

There are no hourly rate fees involved so clients of Palmers have complete certainty in terms of what the overall fee will be.

There are virtually no disbursements apart from Probate court fees which currently stand at £155 plus 50p for every sealed copy of the Grant.  HM Government is proposing increases in Probate Court fees and this, of course, is outside our control.

Included in our fee are all the enquiries necessary to establish the nature and value of the estate, paying out liabilities and legacies, dealing with HM Revenue and Customs & the Probate Registry, collecting assets, marshalling assets and distributing them according to the Will or Intestacy. Within our fee, we also make all necessary searches where required and provide Accounts of the Administration.

The likely time from inception to Grant of Probate stage and from there to the winding up of an estate varies widely in probate work. We are able to discuss with clients the likely timescale involved.

In probate work we occasionally provide a reduced service where the client does not require a full service.  For obtaining a Grant of Probate based on information provided by clients, our normal fee is between £1,250 and £2,000 plus VAT and Probate Court fees (and the more minor disbursements referred to above). This reduced service includes all advice required. Clients can then use the Grant of Probate to collect the assets and deal with the administration themselves.

This is, of necessity, only a brief guide and we are always happy to discuss your individual needs and circumstances. If you require any further information, including Pricing and Service Information for our other areas of Practice (as detailed within our website), then please contact us.