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My cousin, my only living relative, died in May, 2013. I was visiting her and calling her on a regular basis for the last year of her life whereupon she suffered from Dementia. From a child she was never fully mentally able, somewhat backward. The Social services called me to explain that she had died and as the only know relative I was expected to close the estate. I began the process of obtaining the necessary Court paperwork to close any bank accounts etc. A few weeks later I was getting worried about the amount of work and travelling involved so I obtained the services of a solicitor local to where I live. In the meantime I received the Court documents and closed my cousin's bank accounts which had £38,800. A few weeks later the solicitor contacted me to announce that he had done a search and found that my cousin had made a will out in the 90s'. I was astounded that my cousin made a will. She was not in my opinion mentally competent, even at a younger age to understand such intricacies. Anyway, I thought let it go, the money is going to a charity. 9 months later the money still lied in the account, even after 3 contacts by my solicitor to the other. I found this very offensive and failure to provide diligent service so I emptied the accounts. Now the other solicitor seems to have "woken up" and is in contact with my solicitor. What will happen to me if I don't give back the money?
At the time I was told she had died, Nobody was aware that there was a will until the solicitor I engaged after that did a search. No, after 9 months I have not seen a will. My solicitor told me that only one charity was named and the executor was somebody I don't know.
"Probate"....Do you mean the obtaining of the Court Seal allowing me to access the accounts? If so, I already have them and have drawn the money out.
My basic question to you is what is likely to happen to me if I don't contest the will and I keep the money???? I can't prove what my my cousin's mental state was now (even though I know it has always been lacking) as there was only me and her left. I know it is a broad question, but in your experience what do you think, your best guess?
In other words would I go to prison or what????
Yes, but WHAT problems do you foresee or guess at? I just want your best guess!
Have you known people go to prison for that?