Hope you got my earlier reply providing more information? Not sure whether it went through. If not, will resend tomorrow.
Sorry,don't have original text. 1] My sister had to obtain a copy of the will from the Probate office herself. Despite being named in it as a beneficiary she was not contacted, or informed of her position by the executors.
2] Probate has been obtained [can get date for you if necessary, but over 6 mths ago]. 3] The executors are my father's second wife, her best friend, and her nephew [who is also a beneficiary, together with his sister and mother - please note, my father actively disliked this family]. The will states that on the second wife's death all the monies will pass, in half shares, to the second wife's sister and her two children, and that any "residue" will be divided equally between my sister and my son. Obviously, there is no residue after the two halves are distributed. My husband and I were told otherwise in direct conversation, but the executors are refusing to confirm this in writing to my sister. Either there is a mistake in the wording of the will, or this was "smoke and mirrors" at the time my father signed the will, in very poor health. I was previously an executor in his old will, but this new will was drawn up about 5yrs before his death, excluding my input.
Dear *****, thank you very much for your prompt, informative and very helpful reply. I do just want to ask something else before I pass the information on to my sister.
I forgot to mention earlier that the "best friend" [one of the executors] is also on the payroll [as some kind of secretary] of the legal firm who drew up the will.
As I mentioned earlier, this woman assured me and my husband, face to face, that my sister was not cut out etc. [as detailed in my first message] and we actually have all this on record. Given that there is now a refusal to confirm the situation in writing, where does what appears to be a deliberate attempt at deception fit into the picture, as you see it - [particularly as we do have the record of what was said]?
That really has been an enormous help - thank you so much. I will now pass this on to my sister, and she may want the draft for the Larke Nugus request, in which case I will get back to you in the next few days.
Once again, many thanks, ***** ***** intend to register an "excellent service" rating.
Dear *****, my sister has been given fresh hope by the advice you provided. She would like to follow-up your suggestion of making a Larke v Nugus request. Could you please clarify whether she can deal with this herself, at this stage, in order to keep down costs? Or, is it more advisable that she does this through a solicitor [I wonder if this would make it more likely that she would see the full file and would not get fobbed-off]? In which case, are you personally in a position to handle this for her?
In any case, I would like to order the draft document from you. Could you please let me know how I should pay. Also, could it please be sent in a form which makes it easy for me to email it on to my sister.
Thank you for your prompt reply. Please do go ahead and create an "additional services offer" so that we can proceed with preparation of the draft.
Sorry for delay in getting back to you. I am ready to pay and clicked on the link for "additional services" thinking I could then input my card details, but it has just brought me back to this reply box. Please advise
Sorry, can't see your email address and an email has come through suggesting I've made payment when I have not managed to do so yet. Do I need to email customer services?