1. Your brother is responsible for everything since the date of death, not before, however he is entitled to ask your sister what happened to items of estate that were under her control prior to death if there is a suspicion that funds are missing. 2. An executor would ask the bank if there are any other accounts held by the deceased and there is also a company that will do a general search for bank accounts in return for a fee of about £150 from recollection. 3. You should be given a final account and you should accept any payment until the executors have finalised the estate unless they offer an interim payment. Unlikely unless there is a solicitor involved.
1. He has the same right of access as your sister as they are both executors. 2 £60000 is a lot of money and it would be worth an action for accounting. However the difficulty is proof. 3. In these circumstances where a beneficiary has raised the point, good practice would be for him to get a search done. Only the executors can do this, through a company like Landmark. See www.landmarkfas.co.uk. 4. The answer to this would be best answered by a forensic accountant but they would generally look for uneven patterns of withdrawals, large lump sums with no explanation and the like.