Surprising though it may seem, beneficiaries have no absolute right to see the will although if probate is applied for and granted, anyone can get a copy from the General Register Office for the payment of 10 pounds.
Although there is no absolute right to see the will, my advice to any executor in the situation is to be open and transparent because all being secretive does is to raise suspicion that something is untoward.
You need to threaten an application to court for pre-disclosure of the will and an application for the costs of the proceedings to be made against the executor personally.
The threat is going to be better coming from a solicitor although obviously it needs to be a different solicitor.
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