17 Comments Wills, probate, letters of administration, powers of attorney
Yes so I was told by my solicitor last time I called him and he was quite angry with me this is why I am asking on here because I am scared to call him... Do they charge a lot for a short phone call I wasn't game to ask lol?
Anyway thanks so much for you answer, weeks sounds great to me,, everything else has taken months and months...
Yes I agree clearazmud but I feel like I know this woman very well as this whole will saga has been going on for 6 months and not once have I spoken to the solicitor handling the will it's always been her...
The other solicitor (My solicitor) mentioned above however is the one that roused on me for calling him..........
Surely this woman wouldn't be charging me?
So getting down to the nitty gritty, why does the solicitor have to refer the will to a barrister. Is someone contesting the will?
What are the details of any objection, if this is indeed why a barrister has become involved? And how much is the estate valued at?
The reason I ask is because of this, click here, the legal people could end up the main beneficiaries to the estate.
Brief refers to giving instructions to 'your' solicitor. Council also spelled counsel refers to solicitor/lawyer/barrister etc.,
Some matters subject to whether is mediation is the goal or going to war in court can be very short and sweet or long, wasteful (time consuming) and expensive.
Your lawyer or the lawyer you deal with in which case might be the lawyer for the other side if you are representing yourself charges in 6 minute blocks. These vary from $70.00 per hour to $2,000.00 per hour. Unfortunately, there is no control over how much law firms charge their clients. Most require an agreement of at least an approximate cost for work to be carried out. Length wise, that is relative. It could be anything from 6 months to 6 years depending on whether any complications arise and or if there are other potential benficiaries.
Hope it helps.
So for this to be sent to council is not good for me? I don't understand? I thought that maybe the barrister looks at the particulars and says weather or not the people contesting have a case and give the go ahead for it to go to court? And if they haven't a case the barrister will let us know and these people will go away......
Sounds like what your saying is that no matter what I will have to settle with these people?
Thanks for your reply by the way?
Yes. Any call to the law firm's office is recorded, added to cost and charged to the client. No matter if it is the receptionist or the lawyer him/herself.
If money is in short supply try Pro Bono or ask a clery or other community member with high moral standing to interven. Then again, it wouldn't matter. Even Mother Teresa would be charged legal fees if she retained a law firm.
Why are you scarred to call your lawyer? Might it be that he or she is not the right lawyer for you?
It is very easy to be initmidated by a lawyer who at worst charges $600.00 per hour. Remember that your lawyer works for you. he or she is an officer of the court but is employed by you. Why pay to be intimidated and kept in the dark as to the matter?
These are all questions you should be asking your legal counsel. Be firm with the,. Stand up to them and don't allow yourself to be so easily initimidated. I am not sure what is good for you or not as I do not know you. But I will say that costs escalate very quickly. It is your solicitors job to contact you in the event there are any updates. As to you not wanting to go to court - that decision might not just up to you. As harsh as it might sound you might have to live with them and their contest because they won't just go away.
This solicitor is the best and he has been refered to me by a very close friend, I have no worry about him although he keeps telling me to be patient and he got cranky with me last time I called...
I just wanted to know what a brief was without calling and hassling him again.....
when I said I didn't want to go to court I meant that I would offer them some money instead........
But I was hoping the brief might help me in not doing either but sounds like going this brief is not what I thought... Was hoping I'd get a call from the solicitor saying the barrister said they don't have a case but this doesn't happen with them does it?
The reason they consult the barrister is for a legal opinion, ie if this goes to court would there be a case. The barrister reads the case law on the matter and gives an opinion. He may say, they don't have a chance or he might say make them an offer, it will cost you less, or he might come up with something else. However he need to do his homework and asking him is not going to speed up the process.