My parents were beneficiaries of a friend's will. Approx 6 months ago a relative of the deceased challenged it. The relative is using a no win no fee firm, letters have been passed to and fro and some time ago my parents asked their solicitor to send a letter saying, take us to court or do one (more politely obviously) The other party now wants a mediation meeting, but my parents have had enough. They have already racked up fees of £5k and do not want to pay even more to cover anything else. Should they just tell the solicitor to send another letter? The probate office have apparently had no official letter lodging a challenge. I think the relative may well be a chancer and my parent's solicitor is taking the pee?
That's how I feel, this has been going on since May. I don't want my parents to be disadvantaged by refusing mediation, but they have no intention of willingly giving any money to the relative, so they think it rather pointless.
Probate has been claimed, the house was sold. I think the money was all but handed out, it's being held by the solicitors I believe. Some money was spent getting the deceased's house in a state to sell apparently.
Probate was granted ages ago, I can't quite remember but at least 9 months? Grounds were initially testamentary capacity/undue influence, but recently there have been accusations of fraudulent something or other which I'm damned if I can remember