Issues with joint executor.
My sister and I are joint executors of our late father’s estate. We are awaiting probate having payed somebody to handle it for us.
There is a small sum of money remaining in my fathers bank account and there are two small properties which have both been sold subject to contract. No other complications. I currently reside in one of those properties having nursed my very elderly father through his last few years with us. My sister lives abroad.
My sister has tried to dominate proceedings from the get-go using language such as “when I’ve decided what to do with the property”. Not too big a deal I’ve just had to keep reminding her that we are both executors.
But now she’s irked me because she recently came for a weeks holiday and without telling me she closed the bank account. First I knew about it was when I received a message from the bank a week after she had gone saying that a direct debit to one of dad’s charities had failed and a small penalty incurred. Some utilities were still being paid on the account in the property I am still residing in because it was easier for me not to be tied to the providers as I could move anytime. All usage has been accurately documented for final adjustment and the amount is insignificant compared to the money she has taken for several trips to England in addition to the sanctioned one for the funeral.
I’m so annoyed with her for acting without even mentioning it to me that I’m considering going to a solicitor and getting them to handle my side of the remaining affairs even though I don’t think there’s much to do just so I don’t have to interact with her any more. The properties are both being handled by a local solicitor here. My sister also has her own solicitor in France and I have never had cause to use one until now.
If I go to a solicitor should I go to the same one handling the properties or find another and how much would that likely cost?
Or am I simply over reacting?
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