When Thatcher removed solicitors conveyancing monopoly which had provided the profession with a rich income-stream, they turned to alternative sources such as ancillary relief following divorce in which the equity of redemption in the family home being fought over could, with the right amount of conflict-generation, be converted into fees to meet the 'billable hours' target set by the senior partner on pain of dismissal. The second way they did it was in will-writing. In the latter case, will-writers ensured that by being appointed executors/trustees of the deceased's estate, they could legitimately plunder the estate at the expense of the beneficiary. An executor/trustee is entitled to be re-imbursed his or her 'reasonable expenses' for administering the estate of the deceased. This is borne by the assets comprising the bequest or the demise. It is often but not always agreed at the will-drafting stage. If you or I administer the estate of our much loved and departed relative, then we may not raise a charge against the estate for our telephone calls and letters or travel or time in winding up the deceased's affairs. For some, this is regarded as a 'final duty' to the dear departed. Solicitors and Banks on the other hand regard such 'reasonable charges' in the same way as Blackbeard eyed the Galleons on the Spanish Main! Thus, if you have a will drafted by a solicitor or a bank and you have just won the Euro-lottery, the chances are that so has your solicitor or bank! It appears that the practice is on the increase either as a result of the lack of business generated by the recession or more noticeable because of it. two related reports from The Independent! The two professions most likely to fleece you? Lawyers and Bankers!