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My solicitor can get no reply from another solicitor!!
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Have you made a formal complaint to the solicitor and explained the consequences of their inaction? I think you need to do that. Solicitors have a duty of care and they can't simply ignore people if that is going to lead to financial loss. Bu you might have to go to the ombudsman if you are getting no luck.
Is there some underlying dispute here?
On the other had BIL has to act to protect his property so if not etting repairs done is making things worse it mght be wise to get them done and then bill the estate for 50%
You can also check if probate has been granted.
I understand why you wish to claim on insurance, but if you can't get an answer is it worth the continued stress to yourself, for the sake of saving Bil a few hundred pounds?
Partner's solicitor may of course not be responding, as they are not contracted to do anything other than obtain probate and discharge the will.
If the house forms part of the estate, executor is aware its damaged and further damage is being caused by their inaction then they aren't acting in the best interests of the beneficiaries.
No, nothing to date, I will give it to Friday and perhaps make a formal complaint, as far as I am aware there is no underlying dispute, to me it seems to be a simple matter of selling the house and 50% going to each party, my BIL has no interest regarding probate and her Will just wants the matter sorted to help pay for his care home fees.
There could be complications in probate that I guess could be holding things up but even so they should still be protecting the value of the estate by taking proper care of the assets.
Why wait till Friday to make a formal complaint? Find the solicitor's website, find their complaints process and do so immediately. Inform them that their inaction is resulting in damage to the property and that if they don't respond you will escalate the issue to the Ombudsman. If nothing else it might prompt a response from them.
My solicitor did find out that the solicitor acting for my BIL partner is an executor with and who they described as a “lay executor” which is a near neighbour whom I met today at the property, and he seems to be as much in the dark as I am regarding any insurance cover, he is fed up with the whole business.