It’s strange how related incidents can come in pairs.  Today in the bank queue I overheard a conversation about probate.  A woman was telling her friend how the bank and its solicitors had charged over £5000 and all she and her brother were left from the estate was about £300 apiece.  Now there could have been a reasonable explanation for this sorry state of affairs.  I didn’t hear the full story, and the facts are unknown.

Later in the day a colleague had an enquiry from a man whose mother had died leaving an estate worth £900,000 and the solicitors named in the will were going to charge 3%, ie £27,000!

It does seem likely, I put it no higher, that in the field of probate services some organisations are taking the proverbial.  Shop around before committing yourself is the moral of today’s tale.

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