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Please how do you find a really good solicitor?

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JuanPotatoTwo Thu 28-Jul-16 20:19:06

I'm sorry if that's a stupid question but we have a nasty, and complicated, situation which has arisen concerning my late and lovely df's will.

The bank whom df appointed as executors of his will, declared that he had died intestate for various reasons which seemed at the time a logical decision . But now my half brother (who is no relation to my Df - same dm, different dfs) has engaged solicitors to contest the declaration of intestacy. The bank have turned the matter over to their contestation department who say that it is the bank, and not us, who are their clients. At the same time, the bank are saying that they have done all that is required of them as far as settling the estate is concerned, so they also have no further business with us!

It's a long involved matter and I could probably fill pages but please, how do we find an effective and experienced and successful solicitor? Many grateful thanks in advance!

babybarrister Thu 28-Jul-16 22:16:43

Find someone who is a member of STEP - have a google

Collaborate Thu 28-Jul-16 23:27:26

Might be a silly question, but he can't have died intestate yet appointed the bank as executors. Executors are only appointed by a will. A bank will never act as administrators (like executors, only there is no will) as they'll have no standing to apply for it.

gingeroots Fri 29-Jul-16 18:01:53

Have sent you a PM Juan

JuanPotatoTwo Fri 29-Jul-16 19:05:15

Thanks for answers. Collaborate, df made a will in 2012 in which he appointed the bank executors. When he died, no one could find the original but only a photocopy of it which had several anomalies. So the bank's solicitors debated using the 2011 will df had made, but then decided the way to go was to declare intestacy.

gingerroots, thank you for the pm - off to read it now.

gingeroots Fri 29-Jul-16 22:31:05

It's horrible being in a situation where you feel out of your depth . I do hope you can get things sorted out .

Some solicitors will give you a 30 mins consultation for free so you've nothing to loose asking for advice .

Wishing you luck .

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