I was made redundant last week, and the letter from the company giving details of the package etc is saying I need to appoint a solicitor to sign off the paperwork, or risk having the payout delayed. Is that usual? I don't have a family solicitor (not sure how many people do). So now I have to pay to get someone to check this out? Also, are there any good online tools to help calculating the amount I should be due? They are paying above statutory luckily, and there are lots of small amounts broken down - time off in lieu of notice, pro rata payments for loss of health insurance during the notice period, even a couple of quid for loss of mobile phone contract. I have no idea whether their estimate is accurate but would like to check. Everything I've found so far online is focused around statutory calculations.