Are you happy to give her the £30,000 and is there any kind of condition when she eventually dies, that £30,000, or whatever she does with it, comes to you? it would appear that you are.
Is there a restriction on the property preventing you selling and giving your mother the right to live in the property? if there is, she would need to sign the appropriate form to release that. The conveyancing solicitor dealing with the sale would sort that easily.
What exactly is the declaration that she is seeking? A declaration that you will give her the £30,000?
If so, then thatis easy to deal with. She doesn’t need a declaration, all she needs is an undertaking from the solicitor to pay her £30,000 the sale. She doesn’t need a formal document, the solicitor’s letter simply needs to say “we undertake to pay you £30,000 on completion of the sale of XYZ property, from the sale proceeds”.
A breach of the solicitors undertaking is a very serious disciplinary matter and solicitors will not give undertakings lightly.
It’s also essential that your mother takes legal advice on the effect of what she is giving up and at the same time, the solicitor she sees and advise her the wording of your solicitors undertaking to her.
Can I clarify anything for you?
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We can still exchange emails. Best wishes. FES.