How to deal with probate when 1 executor of will is refusing to act?
My 96 year old father died this year leaving an old will with 3 executors, myself, his 91 year old wife (not my mother) and an elderly friend. His wife gets house, tennants in common, and I guess the contents too. I get any financial assets but his wife has told solicitors that he has none, but I know this wasn't true a few years ago when he sent me a list without telling her. Over the months since his death I have found that most of his investments have gone (wife had father's POA for many years), but not all, so I need to apply for probate. Solicitor holding the will won't release it to me without a letter of authority and 2 certified IDs from other 2 executors. I drafted a letter and the 3rd executor has signed it and supplied ID. The wife will not do this, she is sitting on her inheritance so has no incentive, quite the opposite and unfortunately now dementia is taking over and she thinks everyone is out to get her. The solicitor holding the will refuses to release to me and I need original to put in with probate. Wife has never done her own POA to anyone's knowledge. I have stalled and don't know way out. Any suggestions please?
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