So after making us wait for 9 months, the solicitor/executor has decided, two weeks after the buyers have signed their part of the contract, that he wants to get the flat re-valued.
Context: my family don’t speak to the other beneficiary, my cousin. I tried to talk to him at first to keep him up to date of everything but then he stopped returning calls, voicemails, email etc around July. I kept trying until about October then though fuck it, better crack on. The solicitor’s excuse is he thinks my cousin might sue on the grounds of the flat being more valuable than what we’re selling for. But when we got it valued, the offers we got were HALF that. I held out and eventually got an offer halfway between the asking price and the original offer. And, he didn’t mention this fear until last week when the buyers had already signed.
Solicitor has also said that there likely won’t be any money left from my uncle’s estate once the sale is finished (around £100k) after this for either myself or my cousin, or even to pay my mum back as he asked her to pay for all bills relating to my uncle for the past year (about £5k)
There’s a lot more, like we have evidence of him lying and stuff. I’m just at the complete end of my tether, feel totally powerless to do anything. I’m so stressed man. I want it to be over and finished, whether I get anything or not
I thought ours were good and responsive and spoke in clear English when we needed. It’s a big firm I think so not sure everyone would be as on it as our lads, can send a more detailed contact if you fancy:
Was wondering the same myself a couple of months ago. We had differing advice, some said it’s best to deal with someone close by as it makes it a bit easier/quicker if you need to drop anything in to them or sign docs etc. However, some of the lads here recommended getting a solicitor in the area we were buying, as they’d maybe be a little more sensitive to the eccentricities of the housing market there.
Freeholders are also responsible for the external fabric of the building, which means that they get to put pretty much whatever they want in the terms of the agreement, and everyone else has to accommodate them.
Are removal firms quite expensive? Just searching about now for a decent company. We’re moving from a fairly small 2 bed flat and the only heavy things we own are a sofa and a sofa bed, which admittedly we need to get moved down from the second floor. Other than that it’s mainly just bags, boxes and a few flimsy ikea bits of furniture.