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    • ABARKIE
    • By ABARKIE 14th Jun 17, 5:57 PM
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    ABARKIE
    Solicitor refusing to give a copy of a will
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    • 14th Jun 17, 5:57 PM
    Solicitor refusing to give a copy of a will 14th Jun 17 at 5:57 PM
    Hi

    My partner's father passed away on Monday evening.

    He had paid for a funeral plan.

    He had also prepared a will, of which we have an unsigned draft copy - naming myself, my partner and her brother as trustees.

    The solicitor is refusing to let us have a signed copy until they have sight of the death certificate and meet all three of us.

    Can they do this?

    What is the protocol / correct procedure?

    On the draft will, I could not see an Executor being named, however, both my partner's parents indicated they would wish for me to perform this role.

    Any advice welcome

    Thanks
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    • getmore4less
    • By getmore4less 15th Jun 17, 6:47 AM
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    if there are no named executors then there are rules for the order people can apply for a grant of administration and it won't be random inlaw first.

    It may be that you don't understand what has been written and there are named executors.

    perhaps post the wording and make sure you include the bit where it talks about trustees.
    • Mojisola
    • By Mojisola 15th Jun 17, 7:59 AM
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    Why have they not given their client a copy of the signed will - that is my concern
    Originally posted by ABARKIE
    I've never had a copy of a signed will. A new will usually goes through several versions until it says exactly what I want and has been thoroughly proof-read - that gets printed off, signed and witnessed and stored by the solicitor.

    I get a copy of the unsigned will emailed to me for my records.
    • maximumgardener
    • By maximumgardener 15th Jun 17, 11:33 AM
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    of course the solicitors will require to see the death certificate before discussing matters further and sharing the signed & dated will
    • Ziggazee
    • By Ziggazee 19th Jun 17, 2:00 PM
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    What's the rush? It's not as though you have to wait months for the death certificate. Just calm down, stop pestering everyone and jumping to conclusions, let things take their course, and all will become clear in a few days.
    • Ziggazee
    • By Ziggazee 19th Jun 17, 2:01 PM
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    Ziggazee
    Why have they not given their client a copy of the signed will - that is my concern
    Originally posted by ABARKIE


    Maybe they did. Just because you can't find it doesn't mean they didn't.


    You seem to be marching well ahead of yourself here. Just wait and let things happen at a normal pace.
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