Can you be charged twice for making a will?

8th Jan 2019

My grandparents have a will in place. They have been approached by a company who have bought their previous solicitors business after retirement. They have said they need to pay around £400 to swap over the will to the new company. Why might this be?

CATEGORY: Wills, Probate & Trusts

LOCATION: CHESHIRE

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  • Nelson Myatt Solicitors LLP

    It certainly shoudldn't cost your grandparents for the new business owners to take hold of the Wills.  If they have concerns I would suggest that they ask for their original Wills back so they can either store them themselves securely at home or alternatively so they can ask another Solicitors firm to store them.  A lot of firms will do that with no charge.

    If they are nervous about speaking to the company about this, they can ask another Solicitor to contact the new company for them.  Your grandparents will need to sign a letter of authority for release of the Will to the new Solicitors.

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  • Thomas Simpson Solicitors Ltd

    They might be suggesting that this is the cost for changing the appointment of the previous company as executors.  However this is not something that should be considered lightly and  should not be at a cost to your grandparents.  It may well be cheaper and more sensible to speak to a local solicitor about obtaining the Wills and amending them.

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