Frequently Asked Questions
Wills and Probate legal fees
At Carmody Moran we know that you need an excellent service with the best legal advice. We also know that you want no hidden charges or surprises. Like with all of our services we will estimate to you the costs involved at the outset and put our charges to you in writing. By way of a rough indication some guideline prices are below but please contact us directly for a tailored estimate and individual quotation.
- Wills Fees: Average Will prices are €100 - €200 plus VAT @ 23%
- Probate Fees: These are calculated based on the type and complexity of the estate and traditional probate fees are 3% of the value of the estate. In situations where the matter is very straightforward e.g where a surviving spouse is the sole beneficiary and there is a relatively small estate, we will usually charge below the above scale.
We are always happy to meet with you for an initial free consultation to assess the amount of work involved and the amount that it will cost. We are better placed to give you an accurate fixed price having met with you and reviewed the situation after which we can furnish you with some initial advice and a written fees estimate for consideration.
GLOSSARY OF TERMS
Testate - A person who dies having made a valid Will is deemed to have died testate.
Intestate - A person who dies having not made a Will is deemed to have died intestate.
Will - A legal document that has very strict execution requirements to be valid and deals with the deceased’s wishes for his or her assets and responsibilities after their death, subject to certain rights of spouses and children.
Estate - Everything owned by a deceased person is referred to as their legal Estate. After payment of debts and taxes the Estate is divided amongst beneficiaries. If there is a Will the distribution will be in accordance with the Will. If there is no Will the distribution will take effect in accordance with the rules as set out in law in the Succession Act 1965.
Inquest - a public enquiry held in connection with the circumstances surrounding a death where that death has been because of unnatural causes.
*While we have made every effort to provide accurate information, the law is always changing and it affects each person differently. This information is not a substitute for specific advice about you personally and it is not intended as legal advice. We will not be liable to you if you rely on this information. In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement. This statement is made in compliance with Reg.8 of SI 518 of 2002.
You should note that no solicitor/client relationship or duty of care or liability of any nature shall exist or be deemed to exist between Carmody Moran Solicitors and you until you have received a written letter of engagement from us in which we confirm our appointment as your Solicitors.