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How long would be considered reasonable to be informed about

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How long would be considered reasonable to be informed about payment from a will to the beneficiaries? What rights does a beneficiary have? if someone has been left a specific item, how long should it be before the executor lets them have it? Should the executor keep beneficiaries informed.
How long have you been waiting since probate was granted?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

It was granted in February

It is not unusual for probate to take six months to be granted and another six months for distribution to take place although, on a simple estate, it could take place in a couple of months or more complicated estate could take a couple of years.
If there is a property involved, and obviously the property has to be sold and that will add an inevitable delay.
The beneficiaries, surprisingly, have very few rights. They don’t actually have a right to see the will although they can get a copy from the probate registry, once it has been admitted to probate, for the payment of 5 pounds.
The beneficiaries do not have any right to see detailed accounts but are entitled to know what the overall money is coming in is and how it has been distributed.
The executor’s duty is extremely loose. They have to act in the best interest of the beneficiaries and I would argue that that included keeping them informed however that would not extend to keeping them up to date on a weekly basis because if it was solicitors dealing with the estate, that would cost money, it serves no purpose with regard to the distribution and if it is costing money, it is not in the best interest of the beneficiaries. However, an update every few months would not be unreasonable.
If the executor is a solicitor, you can make a complaint to the solicitors complaints officer and senior partner and if the executor is not a solicitor and you think that the executor is unnecessarily delaying things, you can threaten an application to court to have them removed as executor.
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Should the executor arrange delivery of an item to beneficiary or is it up to the beneficiary to chase?

what is the item?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Jewelery it was all left to me in the will after death in November and have had no info on how to receive it

It would depend on its value and how far you had to travel to get it.
It could be sent by carrier.
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