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  • Disagreement about solicitor

    My father died a few months ago after a long illness, and I had Controllorship. After his death this ceases and as he left no will we (I gave 3 siblings) have been directed to the fact we must obtain the Grant of Letters of Administration to sort out his estate.
    Three of us are happy to let our late fathers solicitor handle all aspects, to gain administrator and to obtain the Grant and to then sort out the estate ie selling the house etc.

    Our problem is one of us is dragging heels, and has not yet even agreed for the solicitor to begin proceedings!!
    Where do the three of us stand, can we go ahead, can a majority make things happen?
    We all live in GB but dad lived in NI so the procedures are slightly different.

    thanks for any advice and help....
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    Re: Disagreement about solicitor

    Hi and welcome.
    Not really a situation that is desirable, but perhaps your sibling has not yet come to terms with your father's passing

    If the solicitor is content to obtain the grant of letters of administration on the instructions of the majority,IMO he should be instructed to proceed.
    If the "dissident" sibling disagrees he can always lodge a caveat, or after the grant is made he could try and have it revoked.
    Unless he can show exceptional circumstances he would be unlikely to be successful.

    Discuss with your solicitor.


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