Costs & Processes Explained
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Disbursements

For Conveyancing...These are the necessary costs incurred in a property transaction that are payable to third parties. For example on a purchase or taking a new lease of property these disbursements may be incurred for searches, Land Registry fees, Stamp Duty Land Tax etc. and can vary depending, on the location and local authority within which the property is situated, the history and use of the land or property, construction of buildings on the land or alterations and additions to buildings . These costs can vary, depending whether the property is freehold or leasehold and may involve (where applicable) landlord, managing agents or management companies fees and where a mortgage is involved acting on behalf of the lender, whether first registration of title (unregistered land), multiple owners, a shared ownership scheme, using a help to buy scheme. For the land registry details Click here for Land registry Calculator

The amount of Stamp Duty Land Tax payable will depend on a number of factors including the purchase price or premium; a first-time buyer; a company or an individual; replacing a main residence; acquiring an additional property; residential or non-residential property and a freehold or leasehold property. Click here for the Stamp Duty Land Tax calculator in England or click here for Wales.

Selling a property may also incur some added costs for example if there is a problem with the current lease or perhaps structural alterations have been made without any relevant consents such as planning permission or building regulation consent then the costs to indemnify (insure) against or to put right the lease are usually paid by the seller, these are explained on an individual basis as landlords have a different price scales and insurers only quote on a particular building or situation. On a sale or grant of a new lease of a property the disbursements may include Land Registry fees for obtaining official copies of the title documentation.

For Probate..The costs for obtaining Probate and the administration of a deceased person's estate can vary depending on the value and complexity of the person's estate. The usual disbursements for Probate are swearing of an Oath for each executor, advertising in the local or national press, bankruptcy-only land charges search per beneficiary and the Probate application fee which is at present £155. Any inheritance tax liable is usually paid from the estate click here to see HMRC website calculator. All costs are discussed at every stage of the process.

For Licensing... The licensing authority will charge a licence fee that is based on the rateable value of the property. Application fees range from £100 to £1,905, depending on the fee band of your venue. If your premises does not have a rateable value it will fall into the lowest fee band.

Applications must be advertised and the advert must be displayed in a locally circulating newspaper. The cost will depend on the charge assessed by the individual newspaper but may be in the region of £350.00. 

The fee payable to the licensing authority for an application to vary the Premises Licence to specify an individual as a premises supervisor or for the transfer of a Premises Licence is £23.00. An application for the grant or renewal of a Personal Licence is £37.00.

For Crime/Motoring Offences... Any extra costs involved are dependent on the severity of the offence and whether extra information or evidence has to be obtained from experts (e.g forensic) and the services of a barrister also any out of the ordinary travel expenses would be added. All of these disbursements would be clarified as the case progresses/at initial consultation.  

The Process

Conveyancing transaction processes typically includes taking instructions and giving initial advice, making contact with the buyer or seller's conveyancer, preparing or perusing a legal pack including the draft Contract, investigation of title, applying for searches, raising or dealing with pre-contract enquiries, liaising lenders and/or their solicitors to ensure finances are in place and to satisfy their with legal requirements, settling the terms of the draft Contract and title transfer documentation, reporting to you on the documentation, arranging at least one face to face meeting with you (where possible) to examine and take copies of proof of identity to comply with statutory regulations and discuss all documentation with you before arranging for you to sign all relevant documentation. We also deal with post-completion formalities such as the redemption of your mortgage(s) on a sale. On a purchase we complete and submit the Stamp Duty Land Tax Return to HM Revenue & Customs, the application for registration to the Land Registry, service of requisite notices on the landlord and/or managing agents.

Probate matters begin with the executor supplying the original will, a list of all assets which may include bank and building society accounts, policies or property and also any debts or liabilities that may form part of the estate. Photographic (passport) evidence of the executor(s) is required. Once the fee has been agreed and and a sum of money on account (usually £500) has been paid, then we collate all the information by writing to the banks or get valuations of assets etc. After the total amount is agreed then we prepare the Oath for Executors, for swearing, complete the relevant Inland Revenue Tax forms which the executors sign, after which an application can be submitted for the grant of probate to the Probate Registry.

Licensing   - A premises licence, or a club premises certificate, is a permanent licence granted for a specific location, that authorises the holder to carry on any or all of licensable activities such as the sale and supply of alcohol to its customers, members and guests; and in certain circumstances performances of live music; playing recorded music in front of an audience for entertainment purposes; providing a performance of a play or showing films or indoor sporting events or a boxing or wrestling match; the performance of dance; late night refreshment.

A Premises Licence is granted by a Licensing Authority to permit one or more licensable activities to take place on the premises. Premises do not have to be a physical building and a Premises License can be granted for moveable structures such as a beer tents, burger vans, opens spaces such as fields for festivals, vessels such as river/canal boats.

Personal Licence - A Personal Licence is required for individuals who wish to sell or supply alcohol or authorise the sale or supply of alcohol under the terms of a Premises Licence. Applicants must have gained an Award for Personal Licence Holders qualification (APLH) before applying their Personal Licence.

We advice our clients, skilfully prepare and submit an appropriate and accurate application and respond to any queries the Licensing Authority may raise.

Crime   Once contacted we do our utmost to make an immediate appointment where practicable, at the very least speaking to our client if a face to face appointment cannot be made. Depending on the investigation process/charge an urgent appointment to take instructions and advise our client would be arranged.The process may vary depending on the course it takes, Police interviews, prison visits or attending at court, we remain in contact with our client throughout.

Timescales

Conveyancing property transactions - the timescale to complete such transactions are dependent on many factors. A property transaction with no ongoing chain of buyers or sellers or any waiting for a mortgage offer etc can be processed within days. Whilst with other transactions the timescale to complete the transaction will often depend on the time taken for all buyers in a chain of transactions to be ready to exchange contracts. To do so will depend, for example, on the time its takes for sellers to obtain a management pack from the managing agent or landlord on leasehold sales; for each buyer to receive a survey report; a satisfactory mortgage; the results of searches; the co-operation and efficiency of their conveyancer. Consequently such transactions may take approximately 6 to 9 weeks  to be completed.

More complex transactions involving, for example, lease extensions; landlords consent, new build properties; purchase or sale of a tenanted property etc may take longer to be completed.

Probate matters depend entirely on the complexity, whether there is any property to sell, shares to transfer and assets and beneficiaries to be located. Factors also to consider are, if there is a valid will, no more than one property, the variety and accessibility of the assets, no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets, the time involved searching for beneficiaries and complexity of the will, trust funds and any searches or sale of property or properties. For a simple estate the usual time it is completed is within 3 to 6 months.

Licensing Each Premises Licence application is unique as there are various requirements that need to be fulfilled but as a rule of thumb it can take anywhere between 1 -3 months, This however is an educated estimate. Once you submit your application a 28 day consultation period will take place.

For a Personal Licence application to be processed by the licensing authority is about 4 - 6 weeks depending on the efficiency of the authority and whether or not you are able to provide the requisite licensing qualification and a criminal record certificate or the results of a subject access search of the police national computer by the National Identification Service and proof of your right to work in the United Kingdom (as appropriate).

 Crime  Most matters conclude within 3 months for Magistrates court but if referred to Crown court it may take longer. There are factors that may delay the case for example availability of witnesses, evidence gathering and further investigations on behalf of the prosecution or defence.