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I was responsible probate on my dads estate when he died

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I was responsible for getting probate on my dads estate when he died suddenly when he was only 50 and I was only 22. The beneficiaries were me and my brother and my dads partner who he had joint name property with. This was four years ago. I have received a letter this week from a solicitor saying my dad had another son ... Which I did not know about.. And his mother is claiming 16000 from me personally as this was owed to her in child support. The letter is a court summons to me only as the intestate administrator . I am shocked as I did not know I had another brother and terrified that I broke some law when I settled the estate. What should I do?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: UK Law
Expert:  Thomas Judge replied 1 year ago.
You will need to get a letter from your accountant explaining the "mess'. That is really the best way to resolve this issue.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Sorry I do not understand? which accountant?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
which part are you referring to as a 'mess' I am really disappointed with this rather unhelpful and blunt response after paying for a response
Expert:  Thomas Judge replied 1 year ago.
Sorry I think that there was a glitch.
Expert:  Thomas Judge replied 1 year ago.
Does the witness recall when the will was signed and whether there was a solicitor involved
Expert:  Clare replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for your questionMy name is ***** ***** I shall do my best to help you.Was there actually a Will or did you apply for Letters of Administration?How much was the Estate worth and how much did you each receive.Did you check your father's paperwork yourself?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you Claire
There was no Will and in total from his investments and pensions my brother and I received around £30,000 each. The remainder was paid to his common law partner or transferred to her as he had put properties etc in joint names with her
I checked the paperwork as I completed it, I would need to check the value of the estate in total if you needed the total amount
Expert:  Clare replied 1 year ago.
How much was the remainder.Was there any evidence anywhere that he had another child?
Expert:  Thomas Judge replied 1 year ago.
You have stated that you are named in the summons. In what capacity are you named. Personally or in a different capacity?