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The reality from what you have written is that he sadly died intestate. As such the estate would go to Either or both parents and brothers and sisters - half to parent or parents and half to brothers and sisters. This is to occur after the payment of any debts etc. It is a matter from them as to whether they wish to comply with the terms of his wishes.
His father would be perfect to undertake that role with the sheriffs office.
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I am a solicitor in Scotland. Please note that before you can even start to think about Confirmation, which is the correct term for probate in Scotland, a Petition has to be presented to the Sheriff for appointment as executor. Either parent or any sibling can apply to be appointed. However there are two other issues that the previous English expert has omitted to mention. The first is that application could be made to the court to have the letter treated as a testamentary writing, i.e., a will. Affidavit evidence in support of the handwriting, signature and when the letter was written can be produced. The court has the power to declare the letter his last will. Secondly, if the estate is as you describe, it might be that the financial institutions would release the funds on the family giving a signed indemnity rather than the family having to apply to the court for an executor to be appointed at all and also avoiding the need for Confirmation. The financial instructions concerned should be told it is a very small estate, it is not intended that Confirmation be sought and will they release the funds on an indemnity. I hope that helps.