Hi Jo. Thanks for this. It's all come as a bit of a shock. We want to know what my sister will need to do if she persists in relinquishing her inheritance. First, can she actually do this? Second, how would she set about it...does she need to seek legal advice and if so, will there be a time limit? Third - yes.. I suppose... what would happen to her share and who would have to deal with it, given that my brother and I might be seen to have a vested interest? I feel I should get to see her in the near future - this won't be an easy meeting, not least because she always insists on being accompanied by her husband - he has mild physical disabilities. His discomfort meant that neither of them could attend mum's funeral, even though they live locally. I'm hoping she'll change her mind but whatever the case I'd like to be able to speak with some authority about the procedures and knowledge of the available courses of action. Thanks again.
Thanks for that, Jo. Just 2 questions finally - would I be best advised to ask her to seek legal advice on how to proceed - the actual process required either to disclaim or to execute a deed of variation ie how will we know what to expect as executors, and should we also seek legal support? Also, if she does go down this route, will the inheritance money be visible to social services in terms of future benefit entitlement? Many thanks - sorry it's so late in the evening!