Hi Clare, thank you.
I have a standing search in place with the registry which has not returned any confirmation as yet.
As my sister is a friend of the solicitor, she has taken the lead. I have spoken on the phone with my late father's elderly friend (co-executor) she is pretty much in the dark however, she doesn't believe probate has been granted as yet either (she knows she has further documentation to sign and witnessed but could not remember what these were for).
Sadly, for a peaceful life, she would rather not (leaving my sister to deal with the solicitor). She prefers taking a back seat, signing documents as needed.
However, in the last 3 weeks, my sister advised her she planned to obtain money from the solicitor to repair the house . I understand the solicitor agreed to release some funds for this purpose.
But I have no formal information on this or any other progress hence my need to reach out to the Ombudsman (incidentally the solicitor has told the Ombudsman they do not feel they need to address complaints raised by myself in this matter so have failed to provide them with the requested information).
He passed away 23rd February 2012. Just to add, the last update the solicitor provided me (last year) stated probate would be forthcoming in February 2013.
Thank you Clare,
1. Would all beneficiaries need to agree on the replacement of an executor? (I know my siblings would not agree to replacing an executor).
2. Can the court designate an executor if one is replaced?
3. Are the costs to do so payable from the estate or my own pocket?
4. Would the solicitor automatically add interest to the inheritance or would I need to apply for this?
Since my earlier question, I am aware probate has still yet to be granted, however I have further learned from a niece staying in the family home (rent free) that one of the Executors (her mother) is renting out a spare room in the family home to a church member.
Is this allowed? I'm not sure where the rental income is going...
I have a strong belief my estranged siblings have brought this person in in order to obtain an income and have not informed the solicitor administrating the estate. They have a history of financial abuse against my late father who suffered with dementia before he passed.
Should this money be declared as an income to the estate? What can I do, if anything to stop what seems to be an abuse of the estate?