Making a will
Without particular details of the solicitor or the firm in which they practised, we’re afraid we cannot trace who the solicitor would be from our database. You could try contacting the Registers of Scotland on 0800 169 9391.
Alternative suggestions would be to check with solicitors in the area where your relative lived to see if they have a copy or ask a solicitor to advertise in the Journal (our members’ monthly magazine) for information.
For a list of solicitors operating in the area in which the deceased person lived, use our Find a Solicitor tool. Finally, you can check with a Sheriff Court in the appropriate district as on certain occasions they may be able to help.
Potentially, yes, but it’s best you give us a call on 0131 226 7411.
Solicitors can prepare simple wills at a reasonable cost and some offer a free service in return for a donation to charity, for instance, those participating in www.willaid.org.uk during November and www.willreliefscotland.co.uk, which provides a similar service every September.
This may come down to disclosure of interest/conflict of interest. Solicitors must not write a will for a client where they (or anyone close to them such as a spouse or business partner) will benefit from that will. Where these situations arise, the solicitor must advise the client to use another firm of solicitors. It could also be the case that the solicitor in question does not specialise in private client work.