I am not able to tell you completely whether these expenses are reasonable or not because I don’t know the circumstances. I cannot see why there have been two funerals although it may not be that you are objecting to that, just the expenses. What I can tell you is the grounds for whether something is reasonable to be claimed or not. These expenses do, on the face of it seemed to be an overcharge.
Any expenses which he claims (he is entitled to claim expenses) must be reasonable and must be necessary. The same applies to you of course. The dog kennels is not a reasonably foreseeable expense in my opinion.
I don’t know why he travelled from ascot to Manchester to register the death or whether anyone else was able to do that for him or not.
In my opinion, travel to the funerals and accommodation in respect thereof and any subsistence is not an executor’s expense. Solicitors rarely go to funerals. He could have stayed at home.
So, what you have to do is take out any expenses which were absolutely necessary and attending the funerals is certainly not necessary.
With regard to the travel to Ireland for the gravestone, I agree with your comments and I also agree with your comments regarding the telephone calls and that amount of money does appear remarkably convenient and exaggerated.
The family would usually arrange the gravestone at their own expense, it is not an executor expense because it’s not necessary with regard to burial or cremation.
Although subsistence isn’t a reasonable expense in respect of the funerals, it is a reasonable expense if away from home on essential executor ship duties quite simply because it is cheaper to eat at home than it is to eat out.
Mileage 45p per mile is the AA/RAC rate but attending court for example, the rate allowed is 25p per mile.
What you have to do is take out everything that is not necessary with regard to burial or cremation and dealing with legalities and that should not be allowed and he should not have claimed for. The fact that he may have spent it thinking that he was going to get it back is not relevant.
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