Thank you. I am afraid I dont agree with the advise you ave received on the privos that you have not yet distributed any of the estate assets. Under an Inheritance Act claim, under your role as executor, you are expected to adopt a neutral stance on the claim. You will be a defendant to proceedings if they have to be issued, and will have to file a witness statement setting out specifics of the net estate, but you will not be expected to go much further or to actively defend the claim. You may be asked to give further evidence – for example where the claimant wants further information about assets or liabilities of the estate – but as a general rule, the executor is expected to simply abide by any order of the Court.
So long as you remain neutral, they will be entitled to your reasonable costs of the matter out of the estate on an indemnity basis as per the decision in Alsop Wilkinson v Neary  1 All ER 431. accordingly, subject as above, you should not be personally liable for any costs yourself
You will however I would suggest wish to give consideration if you have not already done so to appointing a solicitor in the matter as it is unlikely I imagine you would wish to deal with the claim personally. If you do so, you will be entitled in principle to recover reasonable costs associated with the appointment from the estate but any solicitor you appoint will be able to give you early advice in respect of his fees.
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