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All of our solicitors have been admitted as Notaries Public.  This is a public office, distinct from the role of solicitor, and usually involves certifying copy papers, countersigning sworn deeds and documents or signing for those who cannot sign for themselves.

There may be occasions when you are required to have a document witnessed or an Oath or Affidavit sworn in the presence of a Notary Public.

We are able to offer a fixed fee for acting as Notary Public.  Where we are asked to certify or countersigning documents, we charge a fixed fee of £75 plus VAT per document requiring to be notarised.

Our fixed fee includes:

  • taking your instructions,
  • completing the signing docket on the document,
  • verifying your identity and executing the document.

Our fixed fee does not include:

  • drafting the document to be notarised
  • negotiations in relation to the document with a third party
  • preparing any accompanying Affidavit or document.
  • arranging for an Apostille to be issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, if applicable.

Where a document requires to be legalised with a Certificate of Apostille by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (typically where the document is being used overseas), there will be a further charge, charged at the hourly rate of the solicitor involved. In addition, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office charge an administration fee of £30 for their part in that process and a postage charge of £5.50.  These additional charges will be accounted to you as outlays.


Private Client Services - Wills

Our Private Client department is led by partner, Jacqueline Dow.  Jacqueline was admitted as a solicitor in 1992, joined the firm in 2018 and was assumed as a partner in 2020. 

A Will is one of the most important documents you will ever sign.   A properly drawn up Will ensures that your assets and personal possessions are shared in accordance with your wishes following your death.   It ensures that your affairs are wound up by someone you trust.

We will meet you to discuss your requirements, advise you of your options, receive instructions and then prepare your Will.  We will then meet you to ensure that the Will is properly signed.  A copy of the completed Will will be sent to you for your records.

In many cases, we are able to charge a fixed fee for Wills.  In the ordinary circumstance, our fixed fees for Wills are:

A single Will - £150.00 plus VAT (£30.00);

Mirror imagine Wills for couples - £200.00 plus VAT (£40.00). 

There will be a separate one-off charge of £10 plus VAT at 20% for individual an £12 plus VAT at 20% for couples in respect of our gathering (and updating, where necessary), documentation to comply with the Anti-Money Laundering regulations and administrative matters when opening your file.

These fees are for the preparation of a straightforward Will. If you require advice regarding complex family situations, Inheritance Tax planning or care home costs (for example), the fixed fee may be increased to reflect the work involved.  We will discuss the fee with you at our initial meeting.

There are no outlays associated with this process and we do not currently charge a storage fee to store deeds for clients.  

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