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My father died three years ago, leaving myself and my nephew as beneficiaries of his will. Since then my nephew has been locked in an argument with the solicitor who drafted the will, whose fees are steadily rising in the meantime. How can I get them to resolve the matter?

If the solicitor is sole executor of your father’’s estate there’s not much you, as a beneficiary, can do. His fees will come out of the estate, so the longer it goes on the less the beneficiaries are likely to receive. The solicitor cannot wind up the estate without his agreement, so the executor may have no alternative other than to apply to the court for directions. This will be expensive, but in the end it may be the only way of ensuring that the estate is distributed.

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