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At Backhouse Solicitors we offer fixed costs for Wills (and Codicils).  We will arrange a mutually convenient appointment so we can discuss your wishes.  We are committed to providing a high standard of service and creating the correct Will for you.  We have three different Wills based on what you require: a Simple Will, Standard Will (the most popular) and a Premium Will for clients that require more complex Will clauses.

Our Service includes the following:

  • A 30 minute initial appointment with a solicitor, at our offices or over the telephone, which includes basic inheritance tax advice.

  • A draft Will for your approval.

  • A formal copy of the Will for signing (or ‘execution’).  Execution of the Will at our offices (where we provide two witnesses) is included in the cost or we can send the Will to you with instructions on how to validly execution if it is more convenient.

  • A year’s free storage in the firm’s secure storage (thereafter there will be a charge of £20.00 plus VAT per year per document unless we are appointed as an executor, in which case, storage will be free of charge).

  • In the case of new Wills, registration with Certainty, the National Wills Database

Please note that this storage charge will be refunded in any year where you have employed the firm’s services.

Our Prices for writing your Will(s)

To make up to 3 minor amendments to an existing Will (by way of a document known as a Codicil) we charge a fixed price of £100.00 plus VAT.

If you wish to make your first Will, make a new Will to replace an old one, or make more than three minor amendments to an existing Will we charge as follows:

Single Wills

SIMPLE Single Will

£200plus VAT
  • Appointment of Guardians and replacements
  • Making up to three specific gifts
  • Leaving the rest of your estate to an adult beneficiary and naming a substitute beneficiary
  • Funeral wishes

STANDARD Single Will

£250plus VAT
  • Appointment of Guardians and replacements
  • More than three specific gifts
  • Leaving the rest of your estate to an adult beneficiary and naming a substitute beneficiary
  • Funeral wishes
  • Additional substitute beneficiaries for your estate (also known as a ‘long stop’ provision)
  • If required, a clause to carry out additional wishes or directions as necessary

PREMIUM Will

from £250plus VAT
  • As a STANDARD Will but in addition:
  • Specific tax advice and estate planning
  • More complex will clauses as necessary e.g. for business interests
  • Provision of trusts if required e.g. a discretionary trust
  • The additional work will be charged at an hourly rate of £200.00 and an estimate of the number of hours required will be provided

Mirror Wills for a Couple

SIMPLE Mirror Wills (for couples)

£350plus VAT
  • Appointment of Guardians and replacements
  • Making up to three specific gifts
  • Leaving the rest of your estate to an adult beneficiary and naming a substitute beneficiary
  • Funeral wishes
  • Two simple single wills for each person where the contents ‘mirror’ each other e.g. a husband and wife leaving everything to each other then passing to their children on the death of the surviving spouse.

STANDARD Mirror Wills (for couples)

£500plus VAT
  • Appointment of Guardians and replacements
  • More than three specific gifts
  • Leaving the rest of your estate to an adult beneficiary and naming a substitute beneficiary
  • Funeral wishes
  • Two simple single wills for each person where the contents ‘mirror’ each other e.g. a husband and wife leaving everything to each other then passing to their children on the death of the surviving spouse.
  • Additional substitute beneficiaries for your estate (also known as a ‘long stop’ provision)
  • If required, a clause to carry out additional wishes or directions as necessary
  • Severance of a Joint Tenancy to create a Tenancy in Common
  • Including a Life Interest Trust providing a right to reside for the surviving partner
  • Registration at the land registry (+ £3.00)

PREMIUM Mirror Wills (for couples)

from £500plus VAT
  • As a STANDARD Mirror Will but in addition:
  • Specific tax advice and estate planning
  • More complex will clauses as necessary e.g. for business interests
  • Provision of trusts if required e.g. a discretionary trust
  • The additional work will be charged at an hourly rate of £200.00 and an estimate of the number of hours required will be provided

For more information on our Will services, or to speak to an expert solicitor about what you need to provide for your loved ones, please contact us using the information below.

Tel:          01245 893400
Email:     [email protected]
Visit:       17 Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JU
Or send us a message through the Contact Us page on this website.