Extortionate Probate Fees - Help


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Vonnie

Can anyone help?

My partner's Mother signed her will over to a will handling company.
She nominated her son and daughter as executors. When she died we found
a certificate that instructed us to contact the will handling company
(ITC [Gloucestershire] who worked under the Woolwich; now under the
control of Barclays Bank). The company reluctantly sent someone out to
speak to my partner and his sister and they signed power of executor
over to ITC, so that they could take things on from there. In the
meantime they have received an extortionate quote for the amount that
my partner and his sister will have to give them when everything has
been processed. The ITC representative deliberately withheld any
information about how much it would cost; telling my partner and his
sister that it would be 'easier for everyone' if they signed over power
of executor etc..

We believe the company exploited my partner's Mother in her frail and
vulnerable state even though her signature on the papers was witnessed
by her neighbours. her neighbours didn't really know what they were
witnessing. It can't be legal for companies to prey on vulnerable old
ladies can it? Who can we appeal to regarding the fees? Is there an
ombudsman or some sort of authority?

Helpful advice would be appreciated (as opposed to opinions)..
Thanks
Vonnie
 
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Daytona

Vonnie said:
Can anyone help?

My partner's Mother signed her will over to a will handling company.
She nominated her son and daughter as executors. When she died we found
a certificate that instructed us to contact the will handling company
(ITC [Gloucestershire] who worked under the Woolwich; now under the
control of Barclays Bank). The company reluctantly sent someone out to
speak to my partner and his sister and they signed power of executor
over to ITC, so that they could take things on from there. In the
meantime they have received an extortionate quote for the amount that
my partner and his sister will have to give them when everything has
been processed. The ITC representative deliberately withheld any
information about how much it would cost; telling my partner and his
sister that it would be 'easier for everyone' if they signed over power
of executor etc..

We believe the company exploited my partner's Mother in her frail and
vulnerable state even though her signature on the papers was witnessed
by her neighbours. her neighbours didn't really know what they were
witnessing. It can't be legal for companies to prey on vulnerable old
ladies can it? Who can we appeal to regarding the fees? Is there an
ombudsman or some sort of authority?

Helpful advice would be appreciated (as opposed to opinions)..
Thanks
Vonnie
Crossposted to uk.legal

Try uk legal.moderated as well.

A legal costs draftsman might be worth considering -
<URL:http://groups.google.co.uk/groups?q=costs+draftsmen+group:uk.legal.*&start=0&scoring=d&hl=en&lr=&>

For basic background info. try the Which? guides.

Daytona
 
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Vonnie

Hi John,

Thanks for your help.

The Estate is worth approximately £200K, and ITC are asking for 4%
plus various fees. So that's over £10K.

Yvonne
 
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Doug Ramage

Hi John,

Thanks for your help.

The Estate is worth approximately £200K, and ITC are asking for 4%
plus various fees. So that's over £10K.

Yvonne

Sounds OTT to me, unless there are complex (and time consuming issues).

I would suggest obtaining several more Quotes.
 

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