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You will, we are sure, have questions about your specific situation. As there are no hard and fast rules - everyone's needs are different, requiring considered thought - we would prefer to answer those in detail, in relation to your circumstances, and in person.

There are, however, three general questions which most clients ask. From our point of view, no question is inappropriate. We respect clients who ask questions as we would not want to neglect any issue or concern, no matter how private or seemingly unimportant.

It is always best to proceed with maximum information; a lack of information or, worse, working with misinformation could have huge implications later. Questions we are often asked are:

What should I do in advance?

  • Think ahead. Don't decide under pressure while in a meeting or anxious about causing delays; if you want time to think, ask for it.
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions. A good solicitor will want you to explore all issues and give you the information you need to make good,
    well-informed decisions.
Solicitor Chiswick, West London: Wills, Probate, Inheritance Tax, Conveyancing

How long will it take?[ TOP ]

Our overall approach is to work fast, but not at the expense of being thorough. We will give you a firm commitment about how long we will need - and deliver according to our promise:

  • Looking at wills: Our aim is to draft a new will within five working days of receiving your instructions if it is not exceptionally complicated. If there are amendments, we tackle them quickly. Similarly, changing an existing will can usually be done very quickly. We can work faster if necessary.
  • Winding up estates: So much depends on the nature of the estate - its size, complexity, and the number of people or institutions to be contacted - that it is impossible to predict how long it will take. If that sounds like an excuse to be slow, it isn't. We are dependent on others for essential information and can only proceed when we have it; we make chasing information a priority, knowing you don't want it to drag on endlessly.
Solicitor Chiswick, West London: Wills, Probate, Inheritance Tax, Conveyancing

How much will it cost?[ TOP ]

We understand that clients want to know what they can expect to pay for our services - and they want costs kept to a minimum.

  • On wills: It is impossible to give an idea of costs until we know more. Many wills are simple and straightforward; costs are low. For some, what starts as a simple will ends being more complicated. Others, for elderly or disabled clients, might involve home visits. Large estates might involve complicated issues. After an initial discussion with you, we will provide an estimate of costs for you to agree before going ahead; the estimate will be confirmed in writing.
  • Winding up estates: As with wills, this will depend on the situation - and every situation is different. When we meet we will assess how long we think it will take and how much it will cost. As with all our work, we will provide an estimate for you to agree beforehand. If it proves more complex requiring more time, we will let you know and give you an estimate of the extra cost.
  • Hidden extras: There are none with us. Many professions include a separate element in their invoices, often a percentage of the total, for phone calls, photocopying and postage. We don't. Our charges are inclusive of all these.
Solicitor Chiswick, West London: Wills, Probate, Inheritance Tax, Conveyancing [ TOP ]