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my grandfather died in 2003 and left us money in a grant and will. We were never contacted

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my grandfather died in 2003 and left us money in a grant and will. We were never contacted by anyone. Kenneth Thomson my father has been in touch to say myself , sister and two brothers were left two hundred and fifty thousand pounds each and someone has had it and spent it. How do I go about finding out. Many thanks Hayley.

Hello Hayley and thanks for using Just Answer.

My name is ***** ***** am happy to assist you with your enquiry.

You will need to wait until you have been sent a copy of the Will and if you were indeed beneficiaries, you should then apply to the Probate Registry again for a copy of the Probate.

The Probate will show which Solicitors dealt with the Estate and you can then contact them. If the Probate states that it was "extracted personally" this means the Executor(s) obtained Probate personally, and without the use of a Solicitor.

Either way, if the executor is acted improperly or failed to act at all, then there is a claim against the executor personally. If there is an allegation of fraud and that the executor has spirited the money away, it then becomes a police matter. You would be advised to take your own legal advice from a local Solicitor to assist you.

I hope this helps you and sets out the legal position.

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Hi Hayley,

Can I assist you any further?

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
ForCustomer I recievedprobate officer email from Is there any chance you could advise as what to do next. Be it known James Thomson died on 20th October 2003 and be further known that the last will and testament with two codicils of the said deceased was proved and registered in the high court of justice and administration of all the estate which by law devolves to and vests in the personal representative of the said deceased was granted by said court on this date to CAROL NOELLE THOMSON (deceaseds wife) and SHIRLEY ANN GUNNING (deceaseds daugher). It is herby that it appears information on application for this grant that the gross value of said estate in UK amounts to £324,263 and net value of such estate amounts to £322,125. Dated 6 October 2004, mills and reeves, 1st James court, Whitefriars Norwich Norfolk. I have since heard from my brother that we were left £50,000 each not as previously thought. Many thanks, Hayley

Hi Hayley,

Thanks for getting back in touch.

Your next step is to request a copy of the Will and 2 Codicils, if you have not done so already. Although you are informed you wer eleft some money, you do need to check- the Codicils would have been signed after the Will and either add or delete legacies left in the original Will. There is therefore the possibility that you wer eleft some money in the Will or the first Codicil but your legacy was "removed/deleted" in the second Codicil, for example.

I hope this helps.

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