We offer a wide range of services to assist our clients and their families in dealing with sensitive and personal matters. We provide a friendly and flexible service and are happy to visit clients in their home, in hospital or nursing home, if they cannot make it to one of our offices. We also offer appointments by video call and by telephone, and this is being encouraged as much as possible in the current circumstances.
If you do attend our offices for a pre-arranged appointment, please be assured that we have taken steps to incorporate all of the government guidance following the coronavirus outbreak. In particular, you will be required to provide your contact details upon arrival for the ‘test and trace’ scheme.
We continue to offer our full range of services and can provide you with advice and assistance on the following matters:-
Making a Will
A properly drafted Will gives you peace of mind and can avoid future stress for your loved ones. We can tailor your Will to suit your own circumstances, ensuring that you achieve the outcome you intend. We can prepare a straightforward Will and offer advice on more complex matters, including the setting up of trusts, for example, to protect ‘different sides of the family’, or Inheritance Tax planning. If you would like further information about our charges for preparing a Will, our fees are set out further down this page.
Additionally, we have prepared a Southerns Solicitors Making a Will client guide
Estate Planning and Asset Protection
We can advise whether your estate is potentially liable for Inheritance tax and what options are available to you to mitigate any tax payable by your estate. If you are concerned about care home fees and whether your home could be at risk in the event you need to go into a care home, then we can advise you of the options available to mitigate the risk of your assets being used to pay for care in the future.
Lasting Powers of Attorney
As we are all living longer, it is important that you put in place measures now that will assist you and your family should you ever be in a position where you cannot manage your own finances or make decisions about your care .These documents should be part of your estate planning and we believe are as important as a Will. If you would like further information about our charges for preparing Lasting Powers of Attorney, our fees are set out further down this page.
Click here to read our Southerns Solicitors Why make an LPA client guide
Court of Protection
Should you be in the difficult position where a relative or friend cannot make their own care decisions or manage their finances due to mental incapacity, we can help you through the Court process to be appointed as their Deputy.
Our Southerns Solicitors, Making a deputyship application client guide provides more information about this process.
Probate and Administration of Estates
Following the death of a relative or friend, we can help you through this difficult time with sympathetic and practical advice to ensure everything is sorted as quickly as possible.
We understand that you will be going through an incredibly difficult time and we are here to assist.
You may find it helpful to read our Southerns Solicitors, Help and Guidance on the immediate steps following a death client guide
We offer a fixed fee for assisting you in obtaining the Grant of Representation (commonly known as the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration). Alternatively, we can provide a full administration service, taking you through the whole process, from collecting in details of the assets, repaying creditors and distributing the estate to beneficiaries. We will always do our best to provide you with a fair estimate of our costs at the outset.
If you would like more information about Probate then please see our guide – Southerns Solicitors Probate client guide
If you would like more information about the costs involved in obtaining Probate, please click here
How much does it cost to make a will or lasting power of attorney?
We have been receiving a number of queries recently in relation to our charges for the preparation of Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney, so to make it easy and transparent to all here are our charges for simple wills and cost effective bundles…
|Simple standard Wills
|£185 plus vat (single)|
|£305 plus vat (couple)|
Powers of Attorney
|Lasting Power of Attorney x 1||£400 plus vat|
|Lasting Power of Attorney x 2
(One person making both types, or a couple making one type each)
|£600 plus vat|
|Lasting Power of Attorney x 4
(Couple making both types)
|£800 plus vat|
Bundles (Will and LPA’s)
|Simple Standard Will
One type of LPA
|£500 plus vat
(saving of £85)
|Simple Standard Will
Both types of LPA
|£685 plus vat
(saving of £100)
|Simple Standard Wills (couple)
One type of LPA (couple)
|£800 plus vat
(saving of £105)
|Simple Standard Wills (couple)
Both types of LPA (couple)
|£950 plus vat
(saving of £155)
*Please note in addition to our fees a registration fee is payable to the Office of the Public Guardian, currently £82.00 per document.
Please contact us on 01282 422711 and ask to speak to a member of the Private Client Team or alternatively email the team at email@example.com for more information.