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letters out: 213 @ £24. = £5.112 - letters in: 196 @ £12. = £2.352
Tel attendances : 51 @ £12. = £612 - emails 153 @ £6.00 = £918.
Total fees from the firm: around £12.700 all exluding of VAT
According to her daughter she wrote 3/4 letters and made 2/3 phone calls. A lot of work was done at the time of the funeral by myself and others and since the deceased death, kept in contact with the executor/solicitor as we were not getting any news and arranged distribution or verification of belongings via emails etc..
I cannot answer your question either as there was no detailed account of forms of communication attributed to any party in particular. There are 2 families, mine and a step family. I represented ours and another party represented theirs, all information obtained was passed on to each other. She wants all individual to be accounted for the expenses incurred and I supposed relating to their personal enquiry or enquiries as 2 families into 1. There is quite a bit of inheritance and the solcitor has dropped their fees by nearly £2.000 ( new amount mentioned in previous email) but will insist that what she couldn't do, others did on her behalf as she is looking after her handicapped husband but indeed not all correspondence related to her as she didn't wish to receive anything from the estate apart from money.
Is this correspondence for public domaine or is it private between you and I?
Thank you. Only the solicitor knows how much communication has been exchanged with them, not her. Yes a property was sold also. We have all agreed their fees finally, except her. If she pursues this, more expenses will be incurred. Will we all have to contribute to those fees and is there a time limit for the estate to be finalised or an she make us wait forever until she is satisfied or we surrender as you suggest?
I need to clarify. This beneficiary is not disputing the solicitor's cost of administration. She is disputing the no of letters, emails, tel calls etc that each of us has made to the solicitor therefore she wants all of us to be accounted for these individually as I and another party from the other family have made the most representing our families. I am also blaming the solicitor who has refused for any of us to go to the deceased's house to sort out any belonging which we may wish to receive. It just so happened that she didn't want anything apart from photographs and books which were never found (they went to the auction by mistake). All together, we have delt with 3 solicitors, as such we have been offered a reduction in their fees.So yes, we have incurred more communication than her but considering the work being done on her behalf, funeral arrangement, interment etc, thought she would understand. Everything went into one bag without abusing the others but helping them including her.
Thank you and now wish to close
I do not wish to continue and would like this case to be closed please. Thank you.
Thank you. Just to let you know that,that beneficiary hasn't contacted the solicitor, except me via her daughter. Was trying it on I suppose. However, the solicitor getting fed up has now decided to send the cheques to everyone today of Monday as she one 1 out of 8 so the matter is closed. Thank you for your help.