NatWest conned me into appointing them Executors
in Deaths, funerals & probate
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I think. About 30 years ago my marriage was breaking up and I was under considerable stress. I made an appointment with the bank manager to get separate accounts. He separated them and I believe, sold me the bank acting as my executor on my will! I was about 45 at the time. Ive only recently recalled the incident and now, of course, most definitely do not want any such thing. What can I do? I have prepared an email asking for their confirmation that Im mistaken. But am I caught?
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Get a solicitor to draw up a new will with any other changes you want to make, along with appointing alternative executors.
If you are still happy with everything except the executors, carefully copy it word for word, but change the executors, and get it signed and witnessed.
Whichever, do it asap.
Actually a third way...risk intestacy and destroy this will?!? Is it in your possession?
It is sensible to review your will fairly regualrly, to make sure that it remains appropriate. If the bank is storing your original will, request it from them so you can review it (and destroy it once any new will is made) if you already have the original then simply destroy it once you have made your new will.
(You can destroy it before making a new will, this is effective to revoke it provided that is your intention, but it would be sensible to make a note that you have done so as otherwise it might be assumed to have been lost which could waste time and potentially result in it still being followed! )
If your old will is 30 years old, it's high time you made a new one. Absolutely no point sending an email asking who the executors are in your own will - the bank will suggest you try reading it, doubtless followed by a suggestion that you make an updated will!
As others have said, see a solicitor and make a new Will.
I'm a bit surprised that you don't seem to have a copy of your own Will? If you haven't had another one written for 30 years, it doesn't matter what is in it or who is executor, it's overdue for a new one. The best advice everyone has already given.