Dear fellow Arrsers, my mother died this morning peacefully in her sleep and I have been initially sorting out her stuff, such as letting the banks, pension people, HMG, council et al know. As she did an equity release thing with her house everyone is saying it will automatically go to probate. No problem. However, I have now had her two banks, her pension provider and the solicitors where she kept her will offering their services all for different rates and conditions and all saying they are the best and also coming out with scare stories saying if I do it myself it will be a lot of hassle and if I screw up HMRC will come after me with a big stick. So my question is what expereince have you had with solicitors/banks/pension providers doing the probate and would you recommend them or is it better to do it DIY? For info, I am a joint executor with the other (a family friend who was put in in case of me KIA) 280 miles away. Any help greatly appreciated.