Don't worry, we all go off
from time to time. This is not an instant service so
sometimes you will get a response in minutes and sometimes it will be hours. We
all have clients and court and other users and travelling and weekends and
evenings and misc interruptions etc.
I can understand
exactly how you feel, and there is no easy way other than head-on confrontation
if being subtle has not worked.
A quarter of the
value of what is left is nothing (without an argument) If in his will he has
left everything to his three children . I'm sorry to be so blunt but you can
see where his priorities lie. I don't know whether his children are capable of
running the business, or would be running it into the ground.
The first thing
you need to do before you see a solicitor is to get him to agree that you need
some protection in the event that he shuffles off the mortal coil tomorrow. You
are older hundred thousand pounds and obviously, who have put a lot of time
into the business and that has a value.
I would also want
to see his will as it exists today. If he will not show you the will, then it
should raise your suspicions. Just because he doesn't bother want, but may say
in it what you want, does not mean that he cannot make another one in secret,
the day after. The last will is the one which is effective because each new
will revokes the previous one.
I cannot help you
with the emotion or the arguments but only give you the legal answers. There is
a quotation from the Shakespeare play Hamlet. I am not a Shakespeare lover but
you will get the gist. Although it refers to a lady in the play I have changed
it to make it fit "the gentleman doth protest too much me thinks."
I am sure you get
the gist them, I am not telling you anything that has not gone through your own
You asked me what
would I do.
If he will not
speak about this or blames you from being paranoid, et cetera I would suggest
that you try to get hold of a mediator who can look at this with a completely
divorced view and take a balanced view from each of you. If he will not agree
to that, then you have answer I think about what is intended.
I apologise if I
have thrown too much opinion in there (which I probably have)