Thank you, Clare.
Just to clarify what property we are referring to...
Our mother made a will in 1996. I attach a copy. In this will I assumed the "residue of the estate" referred to a cottage in Wales and to two properties in Walsall as well as money in bank accounts and her own house.
However, the two properties in Walsall, formerly belonging to our mother, and which I had assumed had been left in our mothers will, now appear from the Land Registry information to have been transferred into the names of me and my two brothers in 2001. I recall nothing of this and nor does my younger brother. The properties were let and I assume one of my brothers received the income since the correspondence address on the Land Registry is his.
The cottage in Wales does seem to have been part of her estate and she made codicils to her will leaving the cottage in trust to seven beneficiaries including the wives and children of my brothers, with their thirds being divided. At some stage the cottage was transferred into the ownership of the three brothers in 2009 four years after her death when probate was finally completed. I am given to understand that we are tenants in common of these properties. Presumably the other beneficiaries still would benefit from any sale?
Our family solicitor is refusing to give me any information without the consent of my brothers, one of whom I suspect of fraudulently not sharing income. As I have said he refuses to send accounts. His daughter, whom he pays to do accounts, is a beneficiary and lately sent a minimal resume of income and expenditure but no bank details or information about reserves. I do not trust her to be open and disinterested.
I'd appreciate your opinion on what measures I can take for disclosure of financial information.
Attachment: 2015-02-25_105122_chgriffithscodicil.pdf Please let me know if the attachments of the will and codicil have not come to you and I will try again.