There is no such thing as a 'typical divorce'. Every matter is different and estimating the cost is, at best, difficult. Finances on divorce could be limited to the value of the former matrimonial home, or may include numerous properties owned by one spouse or the other, or both. Similarly, there could be 1 or more business interest(s), significant pensions or savings. The list is endless and the process of crystallising matrimonial finances can be straight forward in some cases, or protracted, complex and of course expensive in others. This may then lead to cases requiring the court’s assistance, or a written consent order which would be sent to the court for a judge to approve. Once we have taken your instructions, we should be in a position to give you a reasonable estimate of costs in your case, but there are always variables and we can never guess what your former spouse may say or do in regard to finances etc. We will inform you of our estimated costs from the outset and update you along the way to avoid any nasty surprises.
Negotiations and court proceedings around children are almost always stressful, difficult and can be protracted. Our philosophy is to engage from the outset with the other parent or their solicitor to facilitate reasonable contact or residence with the child(ren) where possible. This can be the least expensive way to reach a satisfactory conclusion for everyone concerned. If this is not possible, for 1 of many reasons, then it may be that the court’s assistance is required. This can make matters even more stressful for some people and of course can lead to a significant increase in legal costs. Once we have taken your instructions, we should be in a position to give you a reasonable estimate of what may be required and the costs in your case, but there are always variables and we can never guess what the other parent may say or do in regard to advancing their argument for contact or residence of the child(ren). We will inform you of our estimated costs from the outset and update you along the way to avoid any nasty surprises.
Litigation, according to a dictionary is the “process of taking a legal action or claim.” This could be against someone who owes you money, is trespassing on your land, or has carried out work for you which you think is unsatisfactory. Some things can be relatively simple to remedy, others may require the court’s assistance, for example to prevent someone trespassing on your land or causing harassment to you personally. Our solicitors and fee earners charge out at a rate set at our first meeting with you and once we have taken the opportunity to meet with you and discuss your particular matter, we should be in a position to make an educated estimate of the work required to finalise you matter. We may even tell you that your claim is a ‘lost hope’ and advise that you do not make it to avoid the legal costs. If we feel that your case has merit, we shall set out our hourly rates and also estimate the costs of the anticipated work. This is, of course, only our best estimate because after all, we do not have a crystal ball to see into the future. We can however help and assist you through the difficult times ahead and hopefully reach a conclusion which is advantageous to you. Litigation can be risky and before launching into any matter which requires the court’s assistance, we will always attempt Alternative Dispute resolution such a round-table meetings or mediation. This can often provide a satisfactory resolution to matters without incurring the stress and cost of requiring the court’s assistance.
The costs on an estate probate matter often reflect how much of the work you want us to do and how much of the more practical tasks you or the executors want to take on yourself. The estate will be charged on an hourly rate of £150 per hour. If we just obtain the Grant for you then costs may be in the region of £400 plus VAT. However, if we take on every aspect of administering an estate then for a simple estate costs may be £1,500 plus VAT or for a very complicated estate it could be £3,000 plus VAT or more.