Scottish Law Questions? Ask a Scots Lawyer
Typically the duty of an executor is to inventory the estate, obtain Confirmation, ingather the estate and pay out the benficiaries in accordance with any will or alternatively under the rules of intestate succession of there is no will. For an estate like the one described by you, ie, a few items of estate and a few debts the total bill would be expected to be about £6000ish. Every estate is different, however. In this case if the executors have run up an unnecessarily high bill then that bill would have to examined in detail to see why it is so high. The auditor of court or an independent expert solicitor could be asked to examine the file and the legal account to see whether it is justified and reasonable for the estate to pay it or whether the executors have been acting unreasonably. If it is not reasonably charged to the estate, then the beneficiaries would be justified in making a claim against the executors. I am assuming that there is no issue with the solicitors and that they did the work that was instructed and that the issue is simply who should be paying for the work.
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