by Wendy J
My aunt in England passed away this year.
Her will has left everything divided between my cousin in England and myself in Australia. As my cousin is doing the probate and other things herself there is no solicitor involved. I
have asked to see a copy of the bank statements as there are about four accounts. But my cousin tells me there aren't any and that the bank just gave her the balances in a letter which she relayed to me in an email.
Is this normal practice as I would like to know for certain what is in these accounts.
My cousin is the exectrix.
Wendy: First, I know nothing about wills and courts in the UK, as I live in the USA.
BUT -- Why not write to each bank, asking for documentation? Tell them you are one of two beneficiaries, give a few details and simply say your attorney needs to see documentation of the accounts.
They will reply -- asking for something further to prove you are you, or whatever...
You could find them online and send an email via their "contact us" to get the ball rolling. Then they'd tell you within days what they need from you... or you can send a postal letter, takes a bit longer.
Either way, you've notified them of your location (address/phone number) so that nothing can be done without your consent.
Just my two cents.. ACT. Don't do nothing!