1. Dear Philip, you can certainly make a complaint about solicitor (c) to the Law Society for failing to read your file and failing to revert to you within a reasonable period of time. The level of service in this regard has fallen below what would be expected from a professional firm.
2. However, I doubt that a legal action against solicitor (a) would succeed. This is because you have to show professional negligence against the solicitor. In this regard, the solicitor cannot be taken to guarantee a result. The solicitor must only exercise reasonable care in attending to their client.
3. As regards ***** ***** you were at the mercy of whether your father would put you in the will or not. Solicitor (a) cannot be taken to guarantee tha t you would be included in your father's will. So this was not professional negligence.
4. Solicitor (a)'s obligation was merely to give advice. It was not to guarantee that you would be in the will. So a legal action against (a) would not succeed.
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6. If the advice was defective in what you were to expect if you didn't inherit, then the advice was negligent. However, be aware that a failure to get advice about getting insurance is merely a loss of a chance to litigate. It will not get you compensation for loss of any inheritance.
7. So, whilst you will be able to sue solicitor (a), damages will be limited to the insurance premium you might have paid if you got the correct advice. The inheritance issue is something that will go uncompensated.
8. That is a matter of conjecture. If you sue them, you will have access to the client file and this might illuminate what is the situation. However, that is an issue which might prove difficult to prove. You can try speaking with them to see if this provides some guidance.