Last edited: Dec 13, 2016 A relative died and the administrator is dealing with probate. The fees for what is a straight forward distribution of financial assets so far is €6k. The fees are being calculated on a per hour basis and the solicitor hasn't indicated what the hourly rate that the administrator agreed to is. It is also not possible to ask the administrator or his son. Do the fees seem excessive or reasonable for a distribution of financial assets with no property or complications? If relevant, the son of the administrator has done the vast majority of the work in pulling together and sorting through the deceased affairs. Does the administrator have to ensure that the fees that they agreed to are reasonable? On the question of billing, should the solicitor keep a schedule and time sheet for all work being undertaken and completed to justify the number of hours worked, and are the beneficiaries entitled to ask for this?