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I do not agree neither do I recommend that she should go through this process without having a solicitor instructed to act on her behalf. There may be things being proposed that are not in her best interest. They cannot compel her not to use a Solicitor/Conveyancer. She is able to personally instruct someone to act on her behalf and to review any documents that are being given to her to sign.
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I understand very well what has happened from your summary. unfortunately I am unable to review any documents. Reviewing of documents or assisting with drafting etc, is done at an additional premium cost. Be that as it may, I will be able to give some answers here:
1. As stated earlier I would not agree to the sale without having a solicitor represent to ensure her interest is properly protected. The brothers cannot compel her not to use a solicitor. The only issue here is that she would have to cover the cost of her solicitor.
2. I cannot give an estimate as to costs. Each Solicitor's costs vary and may be dependent on what has to be done. With respect to the sale. This is usually done at a fixed fee. However, if she has to take her brothers to court to get an order allowing her to sell on the open market, this may be costly and a solicitor would usually charge an additional cost for this. I would recommend that this is agreed between her and her brother's prior to approaching the solicitor so as to reduce costs. You may also want to consider having the property independently valued by three persons so that you may take the most agreeable valuation. having different valuations is not at all unusual and is the course the court would adopt if the matter went to court.
3. The time for this to be wrapped up in the court vary. At minimum it could take 6-9 months. It however depends on the arguments raised by the parties and the position taken by the parties. What if persons are unwilling to agree and insist on the matter going to a hearing? This may cause matters to escalate in terms of the time it takes to resolve as well as the costs for resolving things.