1. At the outset, you appear to have been very poorly served by the solicitor with whom you dealt and who declined to act. Accordingly, the first suggestion I would make is that you see a different solicitor who will act in your interests. Also seek the return of the money you paid this solicitor who declined to act. Secondly, as the sole residuary beneficiary of your disabled friend, you are entitled to a copy of the will of the deceased. Accordingly, as your friend is now deceased, whatever solicitor who acts on your behalf should write formally to the firm of solicitors who hold the will and seek a copy of the will of your deceased disabled friend. Thirdly, the fact your deceased disabled friend's father may have also died recently really has little bearing upon your right to a copy of your deceased disabled friend's will. Solicitors deal with a variety of situations and are well capable of distinguishing between the estates of both father and son. Be aware that as residuary beneficiary you can go to court to assert your right to have a copy of the will successfully given to you.
2. Be aware that as you are not a beneficiary under the father's will, you have no right to a copy of the father's will. However, once the father's will is admitted to probate, it then becomes a public document and a solicitor acting on your behalf will be able to obtain a copy of this will from the Probate Office. This might be relevant as it will make clear to you what devise or inheritance your deceased disabled friend may have inherited under the estate of his deceased father. Whilst the fact your disabled friend may inherit something under his father's will may give rise to some delay whilst that estate is administered, it does not prevent you from obtaining full information in relation to the estate of your deceased friend and obtaining that information now.
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