I’m afraid that beneficiaries do not have an automatic right to read will although they can get a copy from the probate registry once this is admitted to probate.
Having said that, my advice to executors is always to let anyone see a copy of the world who genuinely has an interest in it because all that being secretive does is raise suspicion that something is amiss.
Of course, there may be other issues which need to be resolved before probate is granted and it is possible to apply to court for Pre-Action Disclosure of the will of the executors will not disclose it.
There is no statutory requirement for a “reading of the will”. It is something which happens in films and books. Usually, a copy of the will is sent out to the beneficiaries along with whatever money they are getting.
We don’t know what’s in the will so don’t know whether you have the right to live in or ends of the property or not. The Power of Attorney ends upon your father’s death. Therefore, the girlfriend is now only acting as executor under the terms of the will.
You have no right to go through his chattels and other personal effects, only is executor has the right to do that.
You say that 40% has to come out of your inheritance and I presume you are referring to inheritance tax. Normally, each bequest bears its own tax unless the will says otherwise.
If the house has been left in its entirety to you, then you are in a position to dictate whether the property is sold or not.
You may find that the girlfriend becomes more agreeable to discuss matters if you get a local solicitor to write to her threatening a court application.
Can I clarify anything else for you?
I’m happy to answer any specific points arising from this.
Please take a moment to look at the top right hand corner of the page and rate my service by clicking one of the stars at the top of the screen. It’s important you use the rating service because that gives me credit. It doesn’t just give me a pat on the head! (Although there is an incentive scheme where the more five-star ratings I get, I do actually get a pat on the head! :-)) All you need to do is press Submit. Thank you.
If you still need any point clarifying, I will still reply because the thread does not close.