There is no legal
reason why you cannot do this yourself if you are familiar with land registry
procedures but to be frank, if you are not, it would be well worth paying a
solicitor the £300 or so that he wants to do it.
The process is
that the executors sign an assent which is sent to the land registry along with
the appropriate fee, form TR1, and a copy of the grant of probate with the will
attached. The land registry will also want form ID 1 with a photograph of
whoever is dealing with this and the photograph must be certified by a
The assent form, puts
the property into the names of the beneficiaries.
There needs to be
a restriction in standard format which is put on with form RX1, which says that
the property cannot be sold without mother-in-law's consent.
The interest of
the mother-in-law, created in the will trust should also be registered.
Once the property
is registered in the name of the beneficiaries, they become the trustees.
If I was you, I
would do yourself a favour, and pass this on to a solicitor.
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