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Hello, this is Jim and welcome to JustAnswer. I will be the lawyer working with you today.Sorry to hear of the issue. I will set out my written answer shortly.
If you are saying the accountant took your money in his personal capacity and he has now died, you may need to instruct a lawyer in the UK to write to his personal representatives so that a claim can be made against his estate. If he was working as a sole trader or as a company then he may have had professional indemnity insurance - who would pay out for any claim you had against him, either in breach of contract or in professional negligence. The key issue now is to deal with this as soon as possible in case probate is about to be granted. Your £8500 is a debt which should be paid out from his estate as you are a creditor. You are in Ireland so you will definitely need a UK law firm to handle this for you. Any of these could assist and they may do it for a low fixed fee (they are cheaper than Irish solicitors - I am dual qualified in both UK and ROI and have worked for both so I know this as a fact). Here are a few of the firms to consider approaching :
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Hi Barry, yes, it's most unfortunate as it has thrown a spanner in the works so to speak but the lawyers could lodge a caveat at the probate registry meaning the probate is paused given your dispute.