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has anyone used a lawyer re: probate that has been reasobable in fees

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  • slbhill
    slbhill Posts: 5,441 Forumite
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    You don't say where you are - I imagine you'll want someone fairly local?

    For what it's worth we have been very happy with fees (and service) of KW Law in Livingston (used to be Keegan Walker). I haven't used them for probate but my in-laws have at least twice.
  • kayl
    kayl Posts: 474 Forumite
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    Probate is the English term - the Scottish equivalent is Confirmation. Depending on the size and complexity of the estate, it is quite possible to do this yourself, and the local Sheriif Clerks are generally very helpful to a lay person trying this ( not practical if there is a house involved)

    If you use a solicitor, they will charge you on an hourly rate, with the Firm's files generally be examined by an auditor following completion so they can assess how much work has been done.

    There will be certain outlays - these include the confirmation dues paid to court of £200 and the premium for a bond of caution if there is not a will.
  • beecher2
    beecher2 Posts: 3,677 Forumite
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    Our solicitor charged a % of the estate, rather than by the hour. In addition there were the auditor's fees and other court fees. Why not get quotes from a couple of local firms?
  • pevonia
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    best quote was 2,000 thin this is not too bad.

    can you guys help me with this: cannot find title deeds, family always thought they where with a solicitor mum used when dad died 16 years ago. Tried to contact them to no avail, number does not exist and not located in directory.
  • beecher2
    beecher2 Posts: 3,677 Forumite
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    Speak to your solicitor

    http://scotland.shelter.org.uk/getadvice/advice_topics/finding_a_place_to_live/buying_a_home/title_deeds
    What if I don't know where the deeds are?

    If you can't find your title deeds or can't remember who has them, don't panic. Your solicitor should be able to get copies of your deeds for you at any time. Depending on whether your deeds are old or new, and also where they are kept, you may have to pay a charge to get copies. Your solicitor will be able to give you more details about this.
    You may also be able to order a copy of your deeds online from the Registers of Scotland. Again, you'll probably have to pay to get copies.
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