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Probate solicitor or service like "Final Duties"?

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LivinLaVidaLoki Mon 01-Aug-16 15:40:36

My DM recently died.

She had always said that she had a will and wanted her estate to be divided up between all of her children equally this included selling the house and splitting the proceeds equally. It all sounds fair right?

However we cannot find a will,she has a sheet marked last will and testament but it is blank.

I know that I could do all of this myself but I work 40 hours plus a week and there are likely to be some family disputes (even though everything gets split 4 ways equally), mainly because my brother wants the house (long story).

So, for the sake of a quiet life and complete transparency I am about to look into selecting a probate specialist to take it on, but I have seen a company called "Final Duties" who will also take care of it all and I think for a lot less money.

Does anyone have any experience of this company or does anyone have any advice?

Ideally, I would like to have done this a bit later from now, but due to a family situation it looks like it will have to be done sooner rather than later.

I have already contacted her bank and HMRC and her utility suppliers and insurance people, I have got all (I think), her financial paperwork and filed it so hopefully most of the donkey work is done.

Kwirrell Mon 01-Aug-16 18:51:48

Before doing anything, I would telephone the Government Probate Office.
0300 123 1072

I found them very helpful.

I hope you are doing OK. I know you are really going through it at present.💐

LivinLaVidaLoki Mon 01-Aug-16 18:54:50

Thanks kwirrell. It just seems never ending at the momentsad

Kwirrell Mon 01-Aug-16 19:04:12

We went through the fixed rate system and paid £397. HSBC bank who were the original executors wanted £4,800 as they work on percentage.

We got £60,O00 more for my mums house than originally thought so that would have been even more.

Kwirrell Mon 01-Aug-16 19:08:36

I now just what you mean, my mum died in November and her husband in April. I am still dealing with stuff.

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