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    • LaurenceB
    • By LaurenceB 13th Jun 19, 9:55 AM
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    Solicitor Bill
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    • 13th Jun 19, 9:55 AM
    Solicitor Bill 13th Jun 19 at 9:55 AM
    My cousin died February 2018 with no direct relatives. His estate is being split 4 ways to his uncle and aunties families, there's no problem with this. He lived in a flat that had a lease, unfortunately he was in dispute with the landlord about the maintenance cost and when he died he had been taken off the lease. The solicitor sorted out the forfeiture so the lease was bought back. This took some time. We got a cash buyer for the flat with the lease as it was (we were quoted 65,000 to extend it) and the Solicitor said there would be no costs for this. So apart from this, although taking some time to sort out, and paying a genealogist (separate fixed price bill) there were was not much else apart from the routine work involved when something like this happens. For this the solicitor has charged 30,000 plus VAT. What I would like to know if this sounds reasonable (she is telling us she could have charged more!) - Thanks
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    • SeniorSam
    • By SeniorSam 13th Jun 19, 12:47 PM
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    Is that figure correct, Thirty thousand pounds? If so it seems excessive and you can ask the solicitor for details of the account and say that you need it before asking the solicitors regulatory authority to check the account before it is paid. Perhaps the solicitors have made an error when sending it to you. Such things have happened..
    I'm a retired IFA who specialised for many years in Inheritance Tax, Wills and Trusts. I cannot offer advice now, so my comments are just meant to be helpful.
    • Keep pedalling
    • By Keep pedalling 13th Jun 19, 5:12 PM
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    • 13th Jun 19, 5:12 PM
    How big is the estate?
    • HHarry
    • By HHarry 13th Jun 19, 7:59 PM
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    • 13th Jun 19, 7:59 PM
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    • 13th Jun 19, 7:59 PM
    In some circumstances it can get complicated. My Aunt had appointed her Solicitors as Executors. Her estate was valued at 125k, and the Solicitors bill was 20k.
    Her flat was shared ownership, which was a nightmare - anything similar in your Cousins estate?
    • LaurenceB
    • By LaurenceB 25th Jun 19, 4:32 PM
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    • 25th Jun 19, 4:32 PM
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    • 25th Jun 19, 4:32 PM
    Now got the final figure the estate was 333,000. Solicitor Charged 36.500 plus VAT, Relief of Forfeiture solicitor fees 6,400, Litigators in relief of forfeiture 7,000, Genealogy Fees 3,000, Indemnity Insurance 1,400, pension refund 3,400. other costs about 9,000. Even charged 395 postage, telephone and printing!

    Does anyone think I have a case on the fees considering the forfeiture was dealt with other solicitors

    Solicitor said it was long and difficult but actually, apart from the lease did not do much. it was cut and dried about the share of the money and the flat was bought with no fees (very suspicious as soon as we said we would sell "as seen" the solicitor had a buyer!)
    • LaurenceB
    • By LaurenceB 28th Jun 19, 7:51 AM
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    • HampshireH
    • By HampshireH 30th Jun 19, 9:42 AM
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    • 30th Jun 19, 9:42 AM
    Two things here.

    1 - what were you expecting to pay? What conversations about costs were had at the beginning etc

    2 - what are their rates. Hourly, per email etc. This should enable you to see where those costs split further.

    My friends solicitor invoiced her recently on a different matter and it fully documented the hourly rate and then the number of hours worked on each element of the fee.
    • MovingForwards
    • By MovingForwards 30th Jun 19, 10:11 AM
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    • 30th Jun 19, 10:11 AM
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    • 30th Jun 19, 10:11 AM
    https://www.gov.uk/challenge-solicitors-bill
    • MovingForwards
    • By MovingForwards 30th Jun 19, 10:12 AM
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    • 30th Jun 19, 10:12 AM
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    • 30th Jun 19, 10:12 AM
    https://www.sra.org.uk/faqs/contact-centre/public/03-problems-with-a-solicitor/solicitor-fees-unhappy-complain-refund-legal-ombudsman.page

    Two links to provide guidance.

    And yes, that is a rediculous bill!
    • LaurenceB
    • By LaurenceB 1st Jul 19, 11:07 AM
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    Thanks for the replies - One of the cousins on the other side of the family was executor. I think he just went to the closest solicitor to where he lives rather than shopping around. I intend to ask for the breakdown. I'm going to challenge the bill once we receive our share of the estate. This has been going on for 16 months now and the other beneficeries want their money.
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