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The other executor is the step mother's son in law
Yes, I am only just back in touch with my sister, she is asking for advice now as she has not known where to turn to being on Gran Canaria herself, she has a part copy of the will and some letters from the step mother. She is not well off and could not afford to pursue any action previously, but as an appointed Executor she had expected to receive something from a lawyer in the UK. Is there any point in me looking into this further for her?
She wants to know if as an executor she should have received information from the solicitors in England after Dad died? She did not receive anything and she feels suspicious as the step mother has only sent her a part copy of the will
Yes she should have had copies of everything.
She is too late to contest anything except alleged fraud.
Investigating it will not be easy as the solicitors may no longer have the file. They only have to keep for 6 years.
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Thanks. Is there a way I can find out which solicitors would have the will (if still with them) as that information was also kept from her? All I have is name, date of death and his address at the time.
You can get a copy from the Probate Registry for £5 without knowing who solicitors were.
That's great thanks. One last question, well two really: if she were to try and bring charges of fraud against the step mother, bearing in mind that the step mother received everything in the will anyway, what could my sister gain at all? I am confused as to why she would not be sent documentation as the executor and what the step mother would achieve by engineering that as she was getting everything anyway.
She should have got the docs although it could be something as innocent as distance or address.
Charges of fraud are against Executor unless mother is complicit in it.
She would only gain if she lost anything and they had money to refund her.
The police wont follow this up unless you have comprehensive hard detailed evidence, not just suspicions