How long should a straightforward probate take to complete?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Deaths, Funerals & Probate
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  • Yorkshireman99Yorkshireman99 Forumite
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    That is an understatement! It is outrageous and the executor needs to be told a full explanation and timetable for completion. They also need to offer compensation for any losses incurred.
  • DunreeDunree Forumite
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    Hi guys,

    I might be getting my terminology wrong here, it's something I've never dealt with.

    Her dad made a will. Everything was divided between her and her siblings. She got the house, as his natural daughter, the step kids got the £28k each.

    GLP were supposed to sort out anything left in the bank accounts from what I understand.

    As far as I know there was no debt. He lived, not quite a frugal life, but wasn't one for socialising.

    GLP called this afternoon and Mrs D is to expect an update before 12 tomorrow.

    Fingers crossed :)
    Life is now good :)
  • Yorkshireman99Yorkshireman99 Forumite
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    Dunree wrote: »
    This was the company chosen by her father unfortunately.

    She called them up a short time ago but all of a sudden, once again, the guy wasn't available, even though the distinct impression was that the receptionist was talking to him.

    She's now on the phone to the (edit) Legal Ombudsman. Hopefully they'll be able to do something.
    You have to use the firm's complaints procedure before the Ombudsmanm will investigate.
  • DunreeDunree Forumite
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    You have to use the firm's complaints procedure before the Ombudsmanm will investigate.

    Hopefully it won't come to that Yorkshire. Will see what the outcome of the call is tomorrow.
    Life is now good :)
  • LorianLorian Forumite
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    Dunree wrote: »
    Hi guys,
    Her dad made a will. Everything was divided between her and her siblings. She got the house, as his natural daughter, the step kids got the £28k each.

    GLP were supposed to sort out anything left in the bank accounts from what I understand.
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    What do you mean sort out - after the bills are all paid the residual of the estate should have been left to someone in the will, or split between all the siblings? If I was due a share of that I'd have been on seriously chasing the executors a long time ago.
  • konarkkonark Forumite
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    At least the value of the house will have risen in the last 4 years.

    You must have the patience of Job, I'd have been down at their offices making a nuisance of myself 3 years ago!
  • DunreeDunree Forumite
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    Lorian wrote: »
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    What do you mean sort out - after the bills are all paid the residual of the estate should have been left to someone in the will, or split between all the siblings? If I was due a share of that I'd have been on seriously chasing the executors a long time ago.

    It's something that neither of us have dealt with before tbh Lorian. And I sort of stepped back a bit because it was Mrs D's business not mine.
    konark wrote: »
    At least the value of the house will have risen in the last 4 years.

    You must have the patience of Job, I'd have been down at their offices making a nuisance of myself 3 years ago!

    We renovated the house completely using our own savings and sold it just over a year ago.

    And herself doesn't like dealing with paperwork or being assertive when it comes to things like this.

    Thanks for all your responses, your help is appreciated :)
    Life is now good :)
  • brewerdavebrewerdave Forumite
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    I'm a real amateur with the ins and outs of probate (like most people in these circumstances) -but it would seem to me that the most complicated bit of the whole affair ie the house ownership must have been sorted reasonably quickly if you have sold the house ?-
  • DunreeDunree Forumite
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    Hi guys,

    Just to let you know that GLP are getting things moving.

    I'll update when I can.

    Again, thank you for all your advice, this really is some site :D

    Dunree
    Life is now good :)
  • konarkkonark Forumite
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    Sorry, have I read this correctly? You've sold the house but still haven't got probate! You would have needed probate to sell your FIL's house.

    When you say probate hasn't been granted do you just mean that the estate hasn't been fully settled, i/e the bequests haven't been paid? Surely after 4 years probate will have been obtained.
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