4 months since my mum died, I have finally received the remainder of mum's money and distributed it to the family members concerned. I have done all of it without resorting to a solicitor, from claiming attendance allowance to selling mum's flat, applying for LPAs, applying for probate, all of which involved hours of form filling, time and problem solving. Mum's estate was not very large and there was no inheritance tax to pay. I had ben in control of her finances for 3 years so I knew exactly what she had, so it was all relatively easy. I would recommend doing it yourself if you have time, but if you have a more complex estate to deal with it may not be possible. I am actually quite pleased with myself!