Can an executor delay paying beneficiaries indefinitely
edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Deaths, Funerals & Probate
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My father in law died 12 months ago. His will left his estate split between his 5 children and 11 grandchildren and specified his eldest middle and youngest children as executors. The youngest 2 executors have struggled to come to terms with their father's death, have not relished their roles as executors and have found it hard to let go of their father's effects and property. Probate was granted last August and the house is now sold, even though it nearly didn't happen, as these two executors did not agree to the exchange of contracts until the 11th hour. This was some time ago and all my late FIL's assets have now been liquidated; however these two executors have yet to submit their finals bills against the estate, gas water, gardener etc. and are not responding to requests from their solicitor to submit these bills, so that the final accounts can be sent to HMRC. I know they have found it hard, but so have we all; we have tried pleading on behalf of the grandchildren but it has not moved them. They will move when they are good and ready. My question is can they really hold out indefinitely even though everything is nearly sorted?
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