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Are there any legal caveats an executor needs to adhere to when informing an estranged family member of the contents of a will?
If an Executor needs to inform an estrange family member what is in a Will. Are there any legal caveats that need to be adhered to, such as offering mediation if they are not happy? I would prefer them not to find out through a public search, so a letter could be sent as an address is the only known contact details. A Solicitor has quoted £1,200 to set up file and send 1 letter, which is not possible to accommodate. Thank you

Anonymous

13th April 2022

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Solicitor (no longer in practice). You don't need to tell the beneficiary about the contents of the will before probate has been granted and there's no requirement to offer mediation or anything else. Wills can only be challenged in very limited circumstances. You can't prevent the will from becoming a public record once probate has been granted. If you want to have some limited input from a solicitor, ring round more solicitors to get an idea of fees. The amount you have been quoted is completely excessive and you should find that most other firms will quote considerably less

Carol Lewis

13th April 2022

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