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Hello, this depends on the extent of the assets in the estate. If there is a property you will need a Grant of Probate as your legal authority to deal with it. Also if the cash assets are significant the banks or asset holders may also require a Grant of probate. This is the Court giving the executor authority to deal with the estate. If there are no large assets then production of the Will is sufficient.
No a POA doesn't have to be done, do you mean by an executor appointing someone?
A lot of people do not have POA some can't afford it or have sufficient capacity to make one.
There is no written rule, it is a fact of life that people are vunerable to financial abuse and people take advantage. It can start off with asking them to get £20 from the cash point and giving their card and pin number, or someone opens their post
Have you checked with the Office of the Public Guardian that there is no LPA?
If he had access to your father's acccounts then the banks for one assume that the account holder gave their consent and there is no fraud.
Just because he did not have POA does not mean he was not given access at some point by your father. To the extent that the money has not been used for your father may amount to theft.
Hello I'm sorry I don't but I do know they can be found on the internet. Also when the Caveat goes for a Hearing you could request all this information.
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