Unless the will names a specific solicitor, the executors or administrators will have a choice: to administer the will themselves or ask a solicitor to do it for them.
If you have sufficient time to spare, are quite methodical and take advise on matters you don’t understand, administering an estate is not necessarily that complicated. However many times, it is simply easier and guarantees a smoother process to employ a solicitor, and pay for this service out of the estate.
We particularly recommend employing a solicitor in the following circumstances:
- There is no will
- The will is poorly worded and there are different interpretations of the intent
- Any provisions in the will are likely to be contested
- There are assets abroad
- There are business interests involved
- There is not enough money in the estate to pay the debts
- Any beneficiaries are under 18 years old
The Citizens Advice Bureau can offer more advise and we are happy to provide you a list of local solicitors if you are having trouble finding one.