Daniels LLP Solicitors MY aunt, who is now 75, married a widower. He died ten years ago leaving the house to three grandchildren, although my aunt can live there during her lifetime. However my aunt’s not happy that the property will go to her husband’s family since she has contributed to it for more than 30 years. SINCE your aunt has spent money on the house she may now be able to establish an interest in it by making a claim against the trustees of her husband’s will. She might have been able to apply for more at the time of her husband’s death, but this should have been done within six months of the grant of probate of her husband’s will. Your aunt will probably be too late to challenge the will at this stage, assuming that probate was applied for and granted. I MADE a will a few years ago with a firm of solicitors naming them as executors. I have recently read that charges for this service are very high. Can you tell me the possible charges for dealing with an estate worth approximately £100,000? THE charges are likely to vary according to the complexity of your affairs and the time it is likely to take to unravel them after your death. It will also depend on the firm. But either way solicitors are generally reckoned to give good value in this area these days; they will charge you for the work they’ve done, as opposed to a bank, for instance, which is likely to charge a flat rate based on the amount of money involved. Ask your solicitors how much they are likely to charge. MY brother and I bought the house we share five years ago. I paid cash for my half and he took out a mortgage for £62,000 in joint names and has paid all the mortgage payments himself. He moved out a year ago and now wants £10,000 to transfer his share of the house over to me. Is this a fair amount? The situation is causing bad blood between us. YOU need to have the house valued by a competent estate agent. If it’s worth more than the price you paid for it you should expect to pay your brother half the increase in value. If you continue with the present mortgage it will be necessary for your brother to be released from his liabilities by the bank or building society, and for the lender to consent to be satisfied that you can pay the mortgage on your own before the transfer of the property into your sole name.
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I HAVE always paid my ground rent to an estate agent, but eight months ago I was told they would no longer accept it and the new owner would be in touch. I’ve heard nothing since then, although I have put the money aside. IF you can’t get the address of the owners from the estate agents you can do no more than wait for them to contact you. It’s possible you will never hear from them again, since in many cases it costs more to collect ground rent than it’s worth. There may be minor complications if at some
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