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1. Unless there has been substantial work done, a charge of £1500 without much work being done is excessive. Essentially, the charge for a solicitor doing probate should never exceed 3% of the value of the estate. A solicitor will charge for work done on the estate which should normally be much less that this sum. There will be a charge per item done and your husband and his sister should request a detailed itemised bill for the legal work done on the estate. Whoever is the executor or administrator should seek to control the costs charged in relation to the estate and keep the costs low. Ultimately the solicitor is responsible to the executor or administrator for the work done. So this is the person who should closely scrutinise what is being done and what the charges are for. Be aware that if you are not happy with the charges, you can make a complaint to the Solicitors Regulatory Authority in respect of overcharging. Alternatively the bill can be submitted to a process called taxation where the costs are measured.