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I am the chairman of male voice choir based in Abercynon Mid

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I am the chairman of male voice choir based in Abercynon Mid Glamorgan.
In June 2012, I was contacted by Mr Gerald Varden who lives in Grover's Field Carnetown Abercynon. He advised me that KTP Solicitors,XXXXXPontypridd had contacted him as a benificiary of the late Mr Glyn Jones of Cardiff Road Abercynon. KTP informed Mr Varden that the Abercynon Choir had been left £1,000.00 in the will of Mr Glyn Jones, provided they attended the deceased funeral and sang specific numbers that had been requested by the deceased.
Mr Varden's request was put to the choir and accepted and the choir rehearsed the music which was duly performed at the cremation.
Several months later, as nothing had transpired, I contacted KTP and was told that the choir had been left £50.00 but it would take some time to sort our the estate of Mr Jones. This was later confirmed in a letter from KTP. Not satisfied with the considerable change I contacted Mr Varden who refered to KTP. Following this Mr Varden received a letter from KTP that I was shown, saying that the choir had been left £3,000.00. At the same time, a former member of the choir, Mr XXXXX XXXXX received a letter from KTP stating that the choir had been left £500.00.
In October 2012 following further contact with KTP, I received a letter from KTP apologising for the misinformation provided again confirming that the choir had been left £50.00 but because of the confusion caused, KTP would be giving a donation to the choir when the matter was completed. No amount was memtioned.
Since that time I have written to KTP outlining the original agreement made and have not received any response to my letter.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  JGM replied 4 years ago.
Thank you for your question.

KTP don't appear to know what they are doing. Ask them to show you a copy of the will so that you can see what the choir has been left for yourself. If they don't cooperate report them to the Solicitors Regulatory Authority.

Happy to discuss further.

Please leave a positive response so that I am credited for my time.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I understand that the deceased had originally made two wills and KTP have informed me that the will that will go through probate has left the choir £50.00. I have no reason to disbelieve this and I am sure that should I have sight of the will, this will be the case.

However my contention is that a verbal agreement was made through Mr Varden following advice that he received from KTP that the choir would be paid £1000.00. for services specified. It was on this understanding that the choir accepted the engagment and went to the expence of fullfilling what was requested expecting to be paid the amount agreed..

Expert:  JGM replied 4 years ago.
With whom was the verbal agreement made. Your original narrative refers only to a legacy in a will on certain terms and conditions, namely that the choir would get some money in the will if they performed at the funeral. Your question has now changed. Please clarify what is being alleged here.