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  • Distribution of estate in Scotland

    Hi Im wondering if anyone can clarify this issue for me. My grandfather passed away in August, my siblings and I were named on will but according to Scots Law my father claimed his right of legal heir and claimed half the estate. My problem is this - the solicitors paid out my dads half of the estate BEFORE the six months was up and now we have claims from the tax office etc coming in not to mention the solicitors fees to be paid at completion. When we questioned this they sent us some legal speak that I cant make head or tails of. And then said that they would just claim back half of the fees from my dad (what if he's spent all the money?)
    It was my understanding that all prior claims to the estate had to be paid first and then the residue was dispensed, eg he would then get half of what was left. Is this right???
    The original paralegal is no longer working on the estate and I get the feeling that they know they've cocked up but wont admit it.
    Any ideas
    Thanks
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    Re: Distribution of estate in Scotland

    Originally posted by Dreadfulfaery View Post
    The original paralegal is no longer working on the estate and I get the feeling that they know they've cocked up but wont admit it.
    Evidently.

    As HMRC are involved, you would be wise to seek professional legal advice.

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      Re: Distribution of estate in Scotland

      It does appear they have cocked-up & are trying to hide the fact I should report them. Who is or are the Trustees.

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        Re: Distribution of estate in Scotland

        Thanks for replying but am I right??? Should all prior claims have to be settled before they paid out to my dad??

        Righty - what do you mean by trustees?? The solicitors and my mum are the co-executors of the estate but they have never asked her permission to do anything, they just did it.

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