Elder Law
  • Gauld & Co. Elder Law Solicitors advise in relation to the legal needs of the older person and their families.
  • We cater for those who are still very active, and those who are more vulnerable.

Our fees

bigstock_Judge_S_Gavel_2599523We do not base our fees on hourly rates (other than if the client requests it, and in other exceptional circumstances). Fixed fees will be applied wherever possible so as to give the client complete certainty about costs.

In other cases where fixed fees cannot be given we base of fees on the applicable court scale (litigation matters), or the Practitioner Remuneration Order in non-court matters (see below).

All fees inclusive of GST.

MATTER FEE COMMENT
Powers of Attorney:
Power of Attorney – Enduring Financial/Legal/Guardianship (as of 1/09/2015 combined into the one document) $250
General Power of Attorney $150
Medical Power of Attorney $150
Enduring Financial/Legal/Guardianship and Medical powers – if done at the same time $330
Powers of Attorney and standard Will, one person – if done at the same time $550
Powers of attorney and standard Wills, husband and wife – if done at the same time $650
Wills:
Will – standard $280
Wills – husband and wife type (“mirror image Wills”) $330 (for both)
Wills – with more complex testamentary trusts, protective trusts, “mutual Wills”, life interests, etc – contact us
Conveyancing/Retirement/aged care agreements:
Standard conveyancing – purchase and sale $850 plus normal search fees
Retirement village contracts (lease) – where attendance at final settlement required $700 plus normal search fees (usually none)
Retirement village contracts (lease) – where attendance at final settlement not required $450 plus normal search fees (usually none)
Retirement village contracts – (non-lease) where certificate of title is being transferred – retirement village advice and transfer of title/duty payment and Titles Office registration $1,200 plus normal search fees (usually under $100)
Survivorship applications  $350 plus Pexa and Titles Office fees (under $100)
 Transmission applications  $450 plus Pexa and Titles Office fees (under $100)
Other:
Probate – application for grant of probate/letters of administration (estates up to $5 million).  (Note that this fee is for obtaining the grant of probate/letters of administration, not fees in relation to administration of the assets of the estate if that is required.) $1,400 plus normal Supreme Court fees (Advertising – $26; Application fee – based on gross value of Victorian assets – $60.70 for assets less than $500,000 ranging up to $2,051.90 for assets greater than $3,000,000 )
Probate – administration of estate scale – PRO*
Probate – providing certified copies $25 (first; $5 each additional if done at same time)
Reverse mortgage/Homesafe certificates $450
Special Disability Trusts (eg. for disabled children – Commonwealth regulated) – in life, or testamentary (in a Will) $1,500

Litigation- Supreme Court/County Court/Magistrates’ Court/VCAT, etc:

All fees will be based on the application court scales – estimates will be given according to the nature of the matter involved

* The Practitioner Remuneration Order – the Law Institute of Victoria set scale of costs for non-litigious matters. A scale based on an item by item assessment of costs. An estimate of the range of likely costs will always be provided

Why Choose Us?
Dedicated practice

We are one of the few legal firms in Australia who advise in relation to granny flat agreements on a regular basis.

Efficiency

We make extensive use of technology to streamline document production. This significantly reduces the time we have to spend on drawing agreements.

Cost effective

Because of this experience in this area and our process efficiencies we can get matters finalised in a cost effective manner. Ask us about our fees.

Experience

The principal, Peter Gauld, has been practising in this area for fifteen years, and in relation to granny flat disputes he has had 30+ practising in dispute resolution.