If he has taken
stuff from the property which he is not entitled to, it most certainly is a
criminal matter and you might want to refer the matter to a higher ranking
Meanwhile, this is
about as much a do it yourself job is taking your own appendix out.
You need to see a
solicitor urgently to get an injunction to prevent any more items being removed
from the property and to give you access.
should threaten the application and if necessary make an emergency application
to court. If the culprit continues or disobey is the injunction, he is liable
to be arrested.
You are going to
need executors for the will and in that respect, that requires a court
application to have executors appointed.
If the house is
registered at the land registry, then the preregistration title deeds or of
little if any value.
If it is not
registered at the land registry, not having the title deeds can be
problematical but not insurmountable because the property will need to be
With regard to the
will, you are going to need to make an application to the probate registry for
a grant of probate in any event before the house can be dealt with or sold.
Just moving back
for a moment to the deeds, if he does indeed have them, that also is theft.
His piece of paper
is, to be frank, worthless except to prove perhaps that he may be owed some
money from the estate.
The first thing I
would do tomorrow is make an appointment to go and see a solicitor because this
needs to be jumped on sooner rather than later. A letter from the solicitor to
the police (you can hand deliver it) might focus the police mind with regard to
the criminal element of this/theft.
There is no easy
way to deal with this and I urge you to act as quickly as you can tomorrow
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