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sorry to hear of the loss of your mother.
Did she leave a will? If so who is the executors?
Then as no will, the matter would be dealt with under intestacy. This means all the children share the estate equally.
You would need to threaten legal action.
A probate lawyer could help, but that is likely going to cost more that you will receive.
You could send him a letter before claim setting out your right to the payment and advising if legal action if he does not return what is legally yours.
Sorry to say, but being on UC etc would make no difference. Legal aid is not available.
I have attached a template letter you could use.Explain in the letter that as there was no will, then the law of intestacy applies meaning you all share equally. If he does not provide your third share you will take court action.Then specify the amount due and a date to pay.
If he does not then you can start a claim online at small claims court.
Of course, you can come back to the question anytime.
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