Can I have my own solicitor for probate?
in Deaths, funerals & probate
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I'm joint executor with my sister for my Mother's Will. My sister has taken over and says we're doing the probate without a solicitor. I'm not happy that she knows what she's doing. She's already proven to be dishonest - can I get my own solicitor to represent me, just to make sure it all goes through as it should. The Will is held by another solicitor. The solicitor holding the will says we have to work together with him.
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If you get your own solicitor you need to discuss whether you are paying for it yourself or whether the cost will be coming from the estate.
It sounds as though the solicitor has measure of your sister and wants everything done as it should be. It was about £1200 for my late Mum's estate. I handed all the paperwork over and they did all. Yes, I probably could've done it myself but wasn't confident enough. In your shoes, I would definitely have an impartial person do the Probate and HMRC.
A solicitor won't magically know about your mother's assets. He will rely on you to provide him with all the information. So, I struggle to see what he can do that really helps the situation.