Although it is very difficult to predict exactly how long this process will take until the individual circumstances of each matter are obtained, straightforward Will(s) would take between 2 to 3  hours work at a fixed fee of £225 (plus VAT) for a single Will and £345 (plus VAT) for a couple whose wishes largely reflect each other’s.  In addition, an HMRC disbursement fee in the region of £3 per property in checking title would be incurred (if appropriate).  For Wills which are not straightforward our fees will be based on an hourly rate of £260 (plus VAT).

Straightforward Wills

For example, a straightforward Will:

  1. Appoints one or more executors, and possibly a replacement executor;
  2. Sets out your funeral wishes and for organ donation;
  3. May appoint a guardian or guardians;
  4. Gives up to three legacies;
  5. Gives the residue outright to the survivor of a couple, or their children;
  6. Provides for substitute beneficiaries such as brothers and sisters.

Non Straightforward Will

Circumstances which would mean a Will would not be straightforward and costs will be based on the hourly rate above are:

  • If you own a property with someone who is not your husband, wife or civil partner;
  • If you wish to make provision for a dependant who is unable to care for themselves;
  • There are several family members who may make a claim on the Will, for example a second wife or children from a first marriage;
  • Your permanent home is not in the UK;
  • Your permanent home is in the UK but you have property overseas;
  • Your estate includes business property;
  • You wish to dispose of your estate to a number of individuals and/or charities in fractional shares or percentages, with substitute beneficiaries;
  • Drafting a Letter of Wishes;
  • You wish to include a trust.


Disbursements referred to above:

  • £3 per office copy entry to title (if appropriate)
  • £3 per copy plan (if appropriate)

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as HM Land Registry fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. Occasionally there may be a change in the amount of disbursements we carry out on your behalf, where such changes arise, you will be notified.

Potential additional costs

Severing a joint tenancy – £100 (plus VAT)

How long will this take?

On average, drafting a straightforward Will can be dealt with within 1-2 weeks or as the urgency requires.  This is from taking instructions and execution. Wills which are not straightforward can take between 3-4 weeks but each matter has its own separate circumstances and are dependent upon having all the correct information to hand and taking into consideration any amendments or alterations to original instructions.

As part of the process we will:

  • Provide you with a dedicated and experienced Wills solicitor to listen to your wishes and work on your matter
  • Provide a Wills Questionnaire for completion prior to initial interview or go through the Questionnaire upon initial meeting
  • Attend upon you to discuss your requirements
  • Take detailed instructions in order to draft your Will(s) to include requesting details of assets and liabilities, names and addresses of proposed executors
  • Advise on the law and inheritance tax issues
  • Draft your Will(s) to accurately reflect your wishes and send to you a draft Will and covering letter confirming the contents for consideration and approval
  • Respond to any queries and concerns in the Will drafting process and deal with any amendments to the drafts as appropriate
  • Attend with you to go through the Will and carry out formal execution upon approval
  • Provide you with a certified copy
  • Store your Will safely and securely at our offices free of charge.

The Wills Team

Contact details for our Wills team can be found on the “Meet the Team” page

 Christopher Paterson

Christopher joined us in 2020 as a Private Client Consultant having specialised for many years in Wills, Trusts, Probate, and Powers of Attorney. Christopher is a full member of STEP and always seeks to reassure clients whatever their concerns.

 Ian Soulsby

Having worked as a solicitor for nearly 40 years Ian has a wealth of legal knowledge and practical experience enabling him to handle complex legal issues. His specialist areas are Employment and Property Law. He also spent many years sitting as an Employment Judge.