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Thank you for your response. I have 2 problems which seem to be insurmountable.
Firstly, my father passed away in October 2012 so it is too late to contest his will. Secondly, I have been in email contact with 2 different solicitors in London and neither is able to assist me by acting on my behalf unless I come and see them personally!
In regard to the "financial resources & needs of the applicant" all I can say is that I am in my mid 60's and suffer from cardiomyopathy - I am unable to work because of this condition and am of very limited means.
I am my father's illegitimate child and he has never paid a penny for any kind of support to either my (deceased) mother or myself. His estate is quite substantial and includes a 3 bedroom house in East Acton, London as well as savings and investments. I lived with him & his wife for about a year in the early 1970's after I separated from my first husband.
Some advice from you would be appreciated as to how I can find a solicitor in London who may be willing to represent me without me having to go there personally.