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I hope I'm in the right place here, but here goes:- basically I'm after a rough idea of the fees a solicitor should be charging for what appears to me to be straight forward probate work. To give an idea of the situation, my father-in-law passed away approx seven and a half months ago, the only asset he had was a house which was worth approx £130,000, this was not in joint names but in what I understand is "tenancy in common"
He left a will and everything was left to his wife (my mother-in-law). He had no savings to speak of and no hidden assets came to light, so basically as I see it the house passes to her as directed in the will so pretty straight forward really. However after going to probate and seven and a half months later with fees up to now around £2000 with more to come, we are still no nearer to closure. Does this sound unreasonable or is this about right for the price/ time period?
Thanks in anticipation.


  • dunstonhdunstonh Forumite
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    What are the solicitors fees for?
    I am an Independent Financial Adviser (IFA). The comments I make are just my opinion and are for discussion purposes only. They are not financial advice and you should not treat them as such. If you feel an area discussed may be relevant to you, then please seek advice from an Independent Financial Adviser local to you.
  • onejontwoonejontwo Forumite
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    dunstonh wrote: »
    What are the solicitors fees for?

    Sorry for the delay, the fee up to now is an interim payment for "services". As yet there is no breakdown of the payment. Also I might add, we haven't left everything to the solicitor to do as we have been chasing up the details on the deeds (ie. single or joint ownership), confirming if the mortgage has been fully paid off etc. Also another issue springs to mind in that we have had to pay a fee for an insert in the "London Gazette" of all places which seems strange when we all live around the Manchester area.
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