Extracted from another long thread and edited for clarity - Brendan It is better to make a will yourself than to die without making a will. However, best of all is to get your solicitor to make a will for you. 1. Call your solicitor and discuss fees before making appointment ?? ( will he charge more if he is not executor ) , what is a reasonable fee ( 1 wife ,2 kids , 1 house , 3 investments 0 foreign assets )? 2. Don't make the $olicitor your executor ( unless there are unusual tax considerations ?) , as he is then free to set his own fees and time table . 3. Should you do a enduring power of attorney that can be actioned only if you become mentally incapacitated ie. http://www.alzheimer.ie/pdf/D6.pdf ( an 80 yr old neighbour was recently quoted €900-€1000- for this .... told me he was not cracked yet). 4. do your home work , list major assets , consider who dies first husband/wife , should both sit with solicitor ( or separate meetings so that love children and girlfriends remain discreetly out of sight until you are not around ) ?