In principle there are many things that you could deal with yourself. A lawyer is not directly necessarily, but the practical experience on legal and tax issues could come in handy. It is decisively important to use the services of a lawyer if you deal with a will in heritage issues. Keep in mind that Turkey is a country that still isn't communicating very well in English. With the help of a sworn translator you can come already a very long way, but remember that he or she is not a legal or tax advisor. Also you don't want to spend your precious time or money to a Turkish ''friend'' or a good neighbour that well meant is trying to help you. Where do you start then?
The first step in this process is to determine who according to Turkish law are the legal heirs and their shares. Every family situation is different. The Western regulation acknowledges many different types of family situations, like registered partnership or gay marriages. But the Turkish law does not do that. And even this difference in lifestyle can have profound effects in the distribution of the estate in Turkey.
The following tables show only basic information about the share distribution of heritage joined in matrimony.