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Equin* and selling shares after probate
Like many, we're still waiting for the probate to come through and in the meantime, trying to decide how to sort out various matters once it does happen. ...
Our Father had shares in three companies now administered by Equin***. All are relatively small numbers of shares and in the region of low £100s values -ish.
For two, I cannot find the original share certificates but have statements. For one, I have the original share certificates (BG plc) dated 1997 and 1998) but not paperwork for statements/account details. After 9 months of digging, and from no help by the company, we finally worked out that are three are Equin***. Literally, we've sent a copy of the Death Certificate three times to the same address but for each set of shares. It's crazy in that there seems to be no joined up communication at Equin***?!
Piecing together the responses, without a share certificate we can pay a sum (£70) and sell the shares once Probate has been granted, via a postal share dealing sale. A lost certificate fee is £60.
Does anyone know of a different way to 1. get a copy of lost share certificates that is cheaper than £60 and 2. sell shares in a different way avoiding that £70 fee?
We don't buy/own shares ourselves, so this isn't a world that we are familiar with.
Many thanks, ElmoR
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