The families of the men who died in the Pike River mine want to fund their own plan to re-enter the mine and attempt to recover the bodies.
It is now one year since the first explosions tore through the West Coast mine, killing 29 men working inside.
The receivers of Pike River Coal have said they hope to be able enter the mine by Christmas.
But Nick Davidson, the lawyer for the families, says many of the family members now don't think that aim will be met.
He says the families intend to engage an engineer at their own expense to review all aspects of the reclamation and recovery process.
Mr Davidson says the families need to make their own judgement about the situation, and not continue to live in hope and expectation.