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Is it likely that a barrister would give a quote for a case they knew was lost?
Advice regarding barristers; Hi all, I am currently in the process of going through a contentious probate claim, I believe that the executor has went against the terms of the will. I have spoken with a solicitor who has reviewed the wills/probate and trust deed and has written to the executor to explain that her actions have directly contradicted the terms of the will. This letter has been ignored, we have tried to reach out to her directly but all we have been told is ‘the matter is closed, stop bothering me’ Our solicitor has advised that the next step is a letter before claim which I have no doubt she will ignore too. The solicitor believes that this is inevitably heading towards litigation but has warned that this can cost 10’s of thousands which I simply don’t have however, I don’t think it’s right that this person can effectively steal from the estate with no repercussions. I have done research into ways to save money in legal fees and one area I am exploring is a direct access barrister. I have got in touch with a firm who have came back to say that the work should take about 3 hours and will cost just over £1,000 plus VAT. I asked if I could get an indication as to what the fee will cover as I have already sought legal advice who has confirmed that the executor was wrong and I don’t want to pay for the same info twice. The barristers clerk has come back to say ‘this fee will cover letting you know of the merits for your claim’ What I want to know is, if my case was a lost cause, would the barrister likely tell me before giving me a quote? I’ve already spent a lot on this already and I don’t want to waste money if it’s just going to be money down the drain.

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15th April 2022

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