Is there any benefit in having a will which states the executor as a family member ? If no will is written does the person have to apply to become the executor at additional cost ?? Sorry if it is a stupid question but I haven't got a clue as far as these things go...
Then timely going through probate, costs involved in that
Your getting confused about getting your solicitor to write a few poxy letters. Court actions are a different ballgame altogether. In my neck of the woods, any decent court lawyer will cost £250+ vat per hour. Advocate/solicitors (above your average lawyer) cost £350+ vat per hour. When you have a court date you will be charged minimum 1hr even if nothing happened on that day. Add on to that getting advocates opinions, summaries are a few thousand on their own. You have to pay for using the court room each time. In lower local Courts if your opposition decide they want a fight expect no less than £50k. In higher courts, expect no less than £100k. Is that what you want your loved ones to go through?
That might be what you're solicitor cost but that is certainly not an accurate statement.
Work out your legal next of kin. If your were going to give your wealth to them anyway then don't bother with wills. If you wanted to give say your house to someone else, put it in their name in your lifetime but make a legal document saying you can stay theor rent free. Wills just get messy and with current laws are wide open to abuse. The solicitor who "witnessed" my father's will 13 years ago admits that no ID was taken & he didn't even know him yet it's still taken all these years to fight it with no result yet.