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    My aunt is the executor of my grandparents' wills. Her husband told me that one or both of the wills are 'void' but my solicitor can see no basis for that suggestion and I remain a 40% residuary beneficiary of the estate. I have been advised to make a written enquiry asking them to provide interim estate accounts showing how my share has been calculated. I'm struggling to compose this letter but don't want to fork out hundreds of pounds for my solicitor to write one for me. My relationship with my aunt and uncle is poor/non-existent so while I would like to remain civil, I'm more interested in receiving my fair share than 'keeping the peace'. If someone could help me with this letter or make any suggestions, it would be greatly appreciated.

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    Both of the wills? there can only be one will.
    Can I ask has probate been applied for/granted?
    You are entitled to see the estate accounts but not until everyhting is settled or it would not be a true account.
    After probate the will becomes public and you can get a copy of it.


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    My grandmothers will is in force, my uncle tried to make out that it was invalid but my solicitor says that's untrue. I would have thought probate had been granted by now (my grandmother died January this year). I was told by my uncle that my aunt is 'honouring the will' by making a cash gift which I would receive by August this year. I have had no communication with either of them since April/May.

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    Ok, you can find if probate has been granted and all so a copy of the will HERE it costs £10. You could also give them a call just to check if they have anyhting on record before you actually apply for copies.
    Your aunt has no choice but to honour the will that is her duty as executor.


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    I have a copy of the will & grant, I need help with how to word a letter asking for the estate accounts.

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    All I would do is keep it short and simple asking if the estate accounts are ready for you to see and ask is there a problem as you were told you would receive your bequest in August.

    This is what should be in the accounts

    The purpose of the account is to show all the assets of the estate, the payment of debts, administration expenses, income accrued, payments on account made and legacies paid and the balance remaining for the residuary beneficiaries. The balance will normally be represented by a combination of assets transferred to the beneficiaries in kind or cash. Approval of the accounts is shown by signature of the beneficiaries on the accounts releasing the Executors from further liability to the beneficiaries in the absence of fraud or failure to disclose assets.


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    Thank you for your help, I am going to text my uncle this afternoon and if no response/not what I want to hear then I will write a letter.

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    Yes I would keep it informal for now and then go for the jugular.


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    Hahaha I like your style!

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