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1. She can't take money from the estate. House and contents doesn't include money. 2 The executor has to apply for Confirmation at the local sheriff court. Confirmation is the Scottish term for probate. As the house forms part of the estate there is no exception to this rule and a full estate inventory has to be lodged with the court along with the will, both of which can be inspected there. There are no particular timelines or deadlines. 3. If your sister has stolen the money then she would have to account. If she was attorney or otherwise using the money for your mothers benefit then she would not. If she was legal guardian she would have to lodge accounts with the office of the public guardian on an annual basis. I hope that helps. Please leave a positive rating so that I am credited for my time.
1. No, they have to act reasonably. An estate like this should be completed typically in in no more than six months to a year. 2. Next step is value the extent of the estate and prepare the application for Confirmation. 3. A court order would be needed in the context of an action for accounting. 4. If you are talking about cash that could be difficult to prove. 5. Yes. 6. There is no established practice. The executors have duties and responsibilities to ingather the estate, obtain Confirmation and distribute the estate. If the beneficiaries aren't happy they can go to court. 7. It depends on the individual case. Solicitors will charge on a time basis.