Disbursements are fees that we pay on your behalf whilst carrying out work for you.
Most disbursements are compulsory because they are needed to carry out the service we are providing. For example, during the registration of a Lasting Power of Attorney, we will need to pay fees to the Office of the Public Guardian to formally register it.
Some disbursements are optional, for example if you are buying a residential property in close proximity to a parcel of land, you may wish to undertake a Plansearch to check that there is no current or impending planning permission on that land.
Disbursements are also entirely separate to fees because they contain no profit element to them. This means that you are paying the cost which we have paid on your behalf. If you instruct us to carry out a service, you will receive a client care letter at the outset which clearly defines the expected fees & disbursements.
It’s also important to note that we take clients costs very seriously. We are constantly monitoring disbursement costs, to see if we can reduce them though greater use of technology or new providers. For example, we are now using the Land Registry Portal which allows some properties to be electronically registered. If we are able to do so, the saving is a 50% reduction in the Land Registry fee.
If you need a service providing now, or are merely thinking about it, get in touch & we will be able to provide no obligation quote. Likewise, if you require a legal service we don’t provide, please still contact us & we will put you in touch with one of our recommended partner firms.