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yes i'm caroline. I don't know that its written in an odd way as I dont understand the termonolgy. I do need help to understand it
Thanks. One of the reasons you cant understand it is that it is indeed odd.
There appears to be a hidden agenda or agendas.
It appears that yr father didn’t think you could manage money. Is that the case?
Look at it a bit at a time.
2 Appoints James and Sols as Execs.
3.1 Gives James £120k which
3.2 he is to spend within 2 years on something in accordance with another document (letter of wishes) .
It is done that way so that no-one knows how he has told James how to spend it. He cannot force James to spend it that way but James does know what his father wanted to happen with that £120k. A “secret” purpose in effect.
We have no way of knowing what that letter of wishes is or if he spent the money in accordance with that letter.
You might know.
The foregoing is most odd.
If he doesn’t spend it on that secret letter of wishes purpose it goes into residue, 3.3 and is dealt with in accordance with residueclauses, 4a and 4b.
Residue (everything else) is split 60 James and 40 Caroline.
James gets his dosh now.
You get a life income from yours BUT the trustees have the power to let you have it all incuding capital , at their discretion 4ib , “to the extent of exhausting it”. BUT it is up to the trustees. So you get the income under the trust but only get capital if trustees agree.
There are provisions what happens if either of you die but as you haven’t, ignore that. Ignore everything from 5 onwards. That is legal waffle.
So, what to do.
Under the rule in Saunders v Vautier (Google it for lots of reading) if all trustees are mentally capable and over 18 the trust can be brought to an end. There is only one trust created with one beneficiary (you) because James’ money isn’t on trust.
There is another hidden issue is that the solicitors will be charging 3180 per hour plus vat for administering yr income! That soon adds up. Clause 5x (last clause on last page before signatures)
I would get a solicitor who specialises in probate matters to write to the trustees saying that under the rule in Saunders v Vautier you wish to bring the trust created in the will to an end and receive capital
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Hi I have rated you excellent Yes in the past my father was concerned about me managing money I had some inheritance in the past and spent it all - though before my father became very ill (he never lost his mind all there) he had parkinsons he and I had many conversations about our lives he forgave me for my mystakes and said in his heart he would like me to have the money and get on with moving forward living my life. Unfortunatley it was not written down
The £120,000 is to be split between my half brother & sister I always knew about this.
Am i entitled to see letter of wishes
wow that is alot of money to charge
I will look up that case Thank you you are very helpful and on holiday - thats dedication. Thank you will be in touch.
so if probate is complete then the letter can become public is that right
as a beneficiary and that he's my father do i have a right to see the letter of wishes
thank you for your help. Is there any thing else I can do? I will talk to a specialist tomorrow - is there any one you can recommend?
ok i'm staying in buckinghamshire also near london
what about gloucestershire which is where i intend to live
My best friend who i am on holiday with him and his famlily live in Gloucs and I asked him but no firm springs to mind.you can search by location and specialism all sols in the country at www.lawsociety.org.uk
ok thank you enjoy your holiday
Hi I'm bothering you again - do think I stand a good chance of getting the trust either closed according to the case you mentioned
thank you for this what is involved in the process
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