The situation here is that he has no will and therefore has died intestate with four children. It doesn’t matter that they are from two different marriages.
The children inherit equal shares of their father’s estate.
The ex-wife should be no more involved with this than the next-door neighbour or man across the street.
The death in service benefit can be subject to a separate trust document which is a simple signature on a piece of paper indicating where the death in service and partners pension should be paid. The children would be entitled to see a copy of that. If she is saying that’s the case and it’s not, then she commits fraud.
Anyone who wants to contest the estate or find out what’s happening with it can place a caveat at the Probate Registry which would prevent whoever the self appointed executors are, getting probate until the issues around the assets have been resolved. They would not be able to sell the property until such time as probate has been granted and the idea of the caveat holding up probate is to get people to talk and to prevent the house being sold while there is a potential dispute.
2 children, if over 18, might want to get a solicitor to write to their stepsiblings asking for details of all the accounts and asset values confirming that they undertake to divide the whole thing always.
Failing that, place the caveat which may focus their mind. Anyone has experience of doing this, they might want to get solicitors to deal with the whole thing.
Here is a little bit on caveats
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