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1. Firstly, if your friend is not the executor administering the will, she should get a solicitor of her own to advise her in relation to the estate as she is entitled to a half share of it. Essentially if there is a dispute about what assets should be sold, or from what assets she should receive her share from, then she should get a solicitor of her own to represent her. However, if she is executor, she can instruct the solicitors as to what assets can be sold and handle the Probate herself with the aid of the solicitors to the estate. In this circumstance, she can simply get a bit of advice from a different solicitor as to her situation and continue to act as executor. However, given that six years have elapsed since this lady's partner died, she should move to complete Probate of the estate, as otherwise, she will not get good title to the house and to the assets in the estate. So, she should get a move on with completing Probate.