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No, they cannot charge you to retrieve them.
You are entitled to the files to be returned to you, and further, to expect that they were properly stored as part of a sensible filing system.
Have a look at this, para 11 too: http://www.sra.org.uk/Solicitors/code-of-conduct/rule2.page
This is what makes returning the files (without charge) a matter of professional conduct too. In other words, the solicitor must do this.
What if they have lost the land registry documents.
Most Land Registry documents can be obtained against from the Land Registry, for a couple of pounds each at most. So I doubt that should cause too much of an issue.
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We are making an appointment to retrieve all our documentation. Our probate solicitors have never experienced
Okay - your solicitors (and you!) could get guidance on this (or the authoritative word!) from the SRA.
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such unprofessional conduct. We hope to return from our appointment with all our documents, and put and end to this long drawn out probate because of it. Thank you.
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