I was co-executor along with the acting solicitor in the estate of my late partner. I felt I had little influence in the process, especially when I was asked to approve their account without having access to the detail although the account was approved by the Court Officer. I was unable to approve these on that basis and the solicitor confirmed that my approval was not necessary.
They indicated that it was sufficient for the Clerk of the Court to okay their final fee figure, based on the complexity and the number of beneficiaries, etc. I have been dealing with the only two partners in the firm so no complaints partner. I stated I couldn't agree to something with which I was not familiar and they did nothing to reassure me or help me and after being pursued over a period of time I asked if it was imperative that I agree and they advised that my approval was not necessary. Most of my unfortunate dealings with them (husband and wife) have been in writing and I cannot think they would put themselves in this position. I approached the CAB who consulted the Law Society who confirmed that I was not entitled to see their fee account as the other executor was also the legal representative. I would have thought the CAB would get it right? There was additional legal work due to charity beneficiaries who make huge demands on an estate and associated legal implications. Don't lawyers have a responsibility to advise clients of this when preparing a will? Virtually every step had to be okayed with the charities. Are members of the public aware of things like this, do you think?
Perhaps having charities involved generates more fee for the solicitor so not always a bane? Thanks for your advice.