Services For You

From residential conveyancing to civil litigation; personal law services for you.

We provide a number of different legal services for personal clients. This includes wills and probate, conveyancing for residential properties, and civil litigation. Our service always begins with a free assessment or quotation, so you have nothing to lose by giving us a call.


Do you need to Move or Sell a house? 

Have you recently lost a loved one and need to know what happens to their estate or assets?

Are you a landlord with problem tenants that needs some advice on what to do next? 

Has your relationship come to an end and you need some clear advice on where you stand with your home and assets? 

If you have answered yes
to any of these questions, call us today!


Choose one of our legal services

Residential Conveyancing

As conveyancing specialists, we provide highly efficient and effective conveyancing assistance when you are moving home. We will make certain the transaction is handled in an effective manner while ensuring your interests are protected. As established members of the Law Society's CQS Scheme, you can be rest assured that we always adhere and work to the highest of professional standards to achieve your goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

We will not just wait to hear from other professionals involved in the transaction but will actively and efficiently chase them so that we can move as quickly as you would like. 


Our service features: 


  • Fixed fees agreed with you and with no hidden extras
  • Weekly reports keeping you fully informed by email, text, fax or post
  • Agreed timetable to suit your needs
  • Direct phone and email access to your individual lawyer
  • The same experienced lawyer handling your work throughout the whole process
  • A friendly, relaxed yet professional approach


This comprehensive service applies to: 


  • House Sales and Purchases
  • Re-mortgaging and property finance
  • Purchase of Freeholds
  • Transfers of Equity


If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact our conveyancing team on 02920 349820 or by email on info@hekjones.com

Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the purchase of your new home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property you wish to buy is in Wales.


Conveyancer's fees and disbursements:


  • Legal fee - from £420 - £3,000 (inc VAT) and depending on the purchase price of the property 
  • Search fees £Variable – depending on the location of the property
  • HM Land Registry fee £Variable – depending on the value of the property
  • Electronic money transfer fee £48 (inc VAT)


Estimated total: from £675 (inc VAT and disbursements)

Our fees cover all the work required to complete the purchase of your new home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property is in Wales. 


Conveyancer's fees and disbursements:

 

  • Legal fee - from £595 - £3,000 (inc VAT) and depending on the purchase price of the property
  • Search fees £Variable – depending on the location of the property
  • HM Land Registry fee £Variable – depending on the value of the property
  • Electronic money transfer fee £48 (inc VAT)


Estimated total: from £855 (inc VAT and disbursements)

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

The following additional disbursements may apply to leasehold properties and you will be advised as and when they are applicable during the course of the transaction: 


  • Notice of Transfer fee – This fee if chargeable is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £50- £300.
  • Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged) – This fee is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £50 and £300.
  • Deed of Covenant fee – This fee is provided by the management company for the property and can be difficult to estimate. Often it is between £75 and £300.
  • Certificate of Compliance fee - To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, as can range between £50 to £300.


These fees vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents. 


You should also be aware that ground rent and service charge are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the property. We will confirm the ground rent and the anticipated service charge as soon as this we receive this information. 

Stamp Duty, also known as Land Transaction Tax in Wales, may be payable on a purchase of a property with the amount depending on the price you are paying for that property.


You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC's website here or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority's calculator here.

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move in to your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 10-16 weeks. 


It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are a first time buyer, purchasing a freehold property with a mortgage in principle and no chain, it could take 8-10 weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 3 and 6 months. In such, a situation additional charges would apply.


Stages of the process:


The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have set out some key stages in most transactions: 

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice.
  • Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender's solicitors if needed (purchase).
  • Complete Property Information and Fixtures & Contents Forms (sale).
  • Prepare/Receive and advise on contract documents.
  • Carry out searches (purchase).
  • Obtain redemption statement for any mortgage over the property (sale).
  • Make any necessary enquiries of seller's solicitor/Answer enquiries raised by buyer’s solicitor.
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received.
  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you (purchase).
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Agree completion date (date from which you buy/sell the property).
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened.
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you (purchase).
  • Complete sale/purchase.
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax (purchase).
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry (purchase).

Our fees cover all of the work required to complete a mortgage or re-mortgage over a property, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry. 


Conveyancer's fees and disbursements:


  • Legal fee - from £210 - £900 (inc VAT) and depending on the purchase price of the property.
  • Search fees £Variable – depending on the location of the property.
  • HM Land Registry fee £Variable – depending on the value of the property.
  • Electronic money transfer fee £48 (inc VAT).

Estimated total: from £210 (inc VAT and disbursements).

The usual timescale for a straightforward mortgage of a freehold property is 2-4 weeks from issue of the mortgage offer. 


It can be quicker or slower, depending on whether there are any existing mortgages to be redeemed, if the property being mortgages is leasehold and if there are additional services required such as a transfer of equity or deed of postponement. 


Any additional services are charged at an additional cost notified at the time we become aware they are required as part of the mortgage/re-mortgage transaction.

Fee Disclaimers:


 *Please note that our fees noted assume that: 

  • the matter is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction
  • for leaseholds, the transaction involves the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease
  • the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise
  • all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
  • no indemnity policies are required. Additional fees and disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

Commercial Conveyancing

As specialists in commercial conveyancing, we are delighted to help you secure the business property of your dreams. Getting the correct property for your business, with the right contract terms, can make a massive difference to your success. We are here to make sure this difference is a positive one.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have extensive experience advising in the following areas:


  • Acquisition, disposal and leasing of office, retail, leisure, industrial and licensed premises
  • Commercial building development
  • Licensing law and licensed property
  • Property management
  • Agricultural Law
  • Rent reviews and other contractual negotiations
  • Secured Lending
  • Charity commission requirements for property transactions
  • Planning matters
  • Church developments and joint ventures
  • VAT and Stamp Duty Land Tax


If you would like any further information please contact our commercial conveyancing team on 02920 349820 or by email on info@hekjones.com

Civil Litigation

Civil disputes can cause a lot of stress. They can also end up costing you a lot of money if they are not handled properly. That is where we come in. We will provide you with expert assistance to ensure issues are dealt with in a cost-effective and speedy manner.

Frequently Asked Questions

We can offer advice in many different areas, such as:


  • Cohabitation disputes
  • Property litigation including boundary disputes
  • Harassment and anti-social behaviour injunctions, including neighbour disputes
  • Personal insolvency
  • Residential Landlord and Tenant advice
  • Contract disputes
  • Sale of Goods disputes
  • Defamation


If you require advice in respect of any of these areas, please do not hesitate to contact us for a free, no obligation discussion about how we can help.


Please contact Andrew Jones or Robert Jerome on 02920 349820 or alternatively by email on rjerome@hekjones.com

Wills & Probate Services

No one likes to think about what is going to happen when they pass away. However, while it may be a dreadful thought, it would be even worse to leave your family unprotected. Everyone wants to make sure that their children and loved ones are looked after in their will. Don’t put this off. We can give you the peace of mind that everything is handled professionally and with compassion to ensure that your will is entirely valid. We can also assist if you have probate issues because someone you love has passed away.

Frequently Asked Questions

When a person dies there are usually many matters that need to be resolved and this can be very stressful at a time which is upsetting for the deceased’s family. 


We at Hek Jones can deal with issues that need to be addressed and provide you with a professional service whilst offering the empathy needed at what can be a very difficult time. 


We can carry out work as the appointed Executors of a Will or, alternatively, we can be instructed to act as Solicitors on behalf of the family of the deceased. We can also offer our professional services if a person has died without making a Will.

Lasting Powers of Attorney were introduced into our legal system in England and Wales on the 1st October 2007 and these replace the former Enduring Powers of Attorney, although these documents can still be used if made before the introduction of the new legislation.


A Lasting Power of Attorney is a powerful and extremely useful legal document and are required when a person may suffer from a mental or physical illness which prevents them from either making decisions on their own behalf or if an individual cannot physically deal with matters for themselves. 


We at Hek Jones can offer a friendly and empathetic service to assist in the preparation of a Lasting Power of Attorney on behalf of you or someone you may care for. 


For any of the above services contact Francesca Schubert on 02920 349820 or alternatively by email on  fschubert@hekjones.com 

From £120 + VAT Single Will

From £180 + VAT Joint Wills

Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets (simple, non-taxable estates):


Our costs are calculated at 1.75% (+ VAT) of the value of sole assets and the deceased’s share of jointly owned assets. 


These costs are for estates where: 


  • There is a valid will, or
  • No dispute over who is entitled to obtain the Letters of Administration in an Intestacy
  • There is no more than one property
  • There are no mortgages to be redeemed or transferred
  • There are no more than 6 bank or building society accounts
  • There are no foreign assets
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are 1-5 beneficiaries
  • There are no trusts in the estate
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs
  • There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC
  • There are no claims made against the estate


Disbursements in addition to this fee: 


  • Probate application fee of £155
  • £7 Swearing of the oath (per executor)
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)
  • £69.50+VAT Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.
  • £131.05+VAT Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims (this cost can vary between publications). 

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. This is not an exhaustive list and there may be additional disbursements payable such as share transfer fees, Land Registry costs and estate agent fees, depending on the assets within the estate. 


Please see the above question for details on additional pricing.

If there is no will or the estate consists of any share holdings (stocks and bonds) there is likely to be additional costs that could range significantly depending on the estate and how it is to be dealt with. We can give you a more accurate quote once we have more information. 


Preparing and submitting tax returns


If any additional copies of the grant are required, they will cost £1.50 (1 per asset usually).


Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included but can be quoted for if needed.

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6-9 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 12-15 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 10-12 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 2-4 weeks. These timescales are provided that information is provided to us promptly and there are no unreasonable delays from third parties.

Our fees on more complex estates that fall outside of the range listed above are calculated on an hourly rate. 


We estimate that the time to administer the estate would be between 20 – 60 hours at £185 (+VAT) per hour. Total costs estimated at £3,700 - £11,100 (+VAT). 


The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if there is one beneficiary and one property, costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, costs will be at the higher end.

Disbursements in addition to this fee: 


  • Probate application fee of £155
  • £7 Swearing of the oath (per executor)
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)
  • £69.50+VAT Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.
  • £131.05+VAT Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims (this cost can vary between publications).


Potential additional costs:


  • Applying to search for a Will if one cannot be located (£114)
  • If any additional copies of the grant are required, they will cost £0.50 (1 per asset usually).
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included but can be quoted for if needed


Tax


Inheritance tax - It is not possible to provide an estimate for this without having specific information on the estate but the link below is to an Inheritance Tax Calculator and that will help provide you with an idea of what the bill may be:


Income and Capital Gains – during the administration income may arise from the assets being held and occasionally, Capital Gains Tax will be due on assets sold where their value has increased. The costs for calculating and preparing the returns will be calculated on our hourly rate.


How long will a more complex estate take to payout?


On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 10 -18 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 3-5 months. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 3-4 months. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 2-3 months. These timescales are provided that information is provided to us promptly and there are no unreasonable delays from third parties.

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"Excellent work by Francesca and her team, both mine and my partners wills and power of attorney no stress and no hassle"

Phil Smith

"Before buying my new flat I hadn't realised that solicitors could have superpowers but now I know! Sarah Tyler and her team pulled off what was a really complicated and difficult completion in a ridiculously short turnaround. I can't recommend them enough and would recommend Sarah in particular. Thank you so much to her and her team!"

Sam Beddoes

"Heidi Morse and team were very helpful and supportive during my sale transaction. Great service with friendly staff and less than 5 weeks from sale agreed to completion. Thank you!!"

Parveen Chaudhry

"Recently completed a business sale with Alex from this firm. Alex kept me informed and explained the legal jargon in terms I could understand. Really felt that he was protecting my interests and I am more than happy with the service he provided. Would definitely recommend and use again in the future."

Louise Hingley

"Have just completed on our first house and can't recommend Hek Jones enough! Heidi and Claudia were absolutely amazing from start to finish... they ensured the whole process went smoothly and were so helpful! Thank you for all your help."

Alex Jones

"They are helpful and friendly. Helen has been an absolute star and has tolerated my constant emails with a friendly and professional manner ;) Thanks to Hek Jones I have moved out of my flat and almost on the way to our dream home!!! Helen is a star!!"

Marc Farmer

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