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Has the solicitor agreed to resolve this?
If there has been any loss as a result of the delay by the solicitor then the beneficiaries have a negligence claim to bring against the solicitor. If that is the case, then the solicitor should refer this to another firm of solicitors to resolve because there is then a conflict of interest between him getting the job done at the least cost to him and any interest which the beneficiaries have.
If there is no loss to the beneficiaries because they haven’t wanted to do anything in the meantime and this is only just come to light, then the solicitor should be able to deal with this in a relatively straightforward manner.
If you no longer has the file because he only has to keep the 6 years there is still an indemnity claim potential. Few solicitors actually dispose of a file immediately after six years so he may have realised his mistake and is now being less than truthful. The chance of proving that is remote but it is a possibility.
All a solicitor needs to do is to contact the probate registry and get a copy of the grant of probate with the will attached and then do the transfer. The whole thing should be completed in probably 10 days.
If you feel that you would rather go to another solicitor, that might be a good idea because the other solicitor will then be in a position to decide whether it’s worthwhile you bring a negligence claim against the earlier solicitor. Although there is a six-year time limit under the Limitation Act for bringing a negligence claim, that six years runs from the date of knowledge of the negligence which is obviously now.
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