When I was researching the treatment by banks of the accounts of deceased’s customers I noticed that Barclays Bank was tied in with an operation called Simplify Probate. They may be an extremely competent and well run organization but they are not described by Barclays as solicitors or lawyers. It is not unusual for estates to come with unexpected legal problems when, for example, expertise in property or trusts becomes an essential part of the service.
When banks had their own executor and trustee departments you could be sure that that expertise was available. Is it still the case?