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How long can an executor of a will take before the will has to be read??

My mums been left a house etc but the friend of my aunt in wales is the executor along with a retired solicitor, they say its too early yet and are granted 12 months :confused: in the meantime my mums worried squatters etc may get in or the house will get wrecked.
 

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It's difficult to estimate the length of time estates take to be wound up as it depends on the size and complexity.
On average I'd hazard a guess at 6-12 months for completion

There are numerous issues that have to dealt with prior to the last will & testament being read, for example:
* Ascertaining the interests, values and liabilities of the deceased.
* Investigating all outstanding aspects of the estate.
* Complying with the legal and fiscal requirements, completing affidavits and the various forms for the Probate Registry and Inland Revenue.
* Determining all tax liabilities.
* Negotiating valuations of all assets
* Payment of all outstanding bills and any debts.
* Administering assets - transfer of bank/buil-soc accounts

* In addition to those listed above, there may be many other tasks or unforeseen problems which will have to be carried out or dealt with before anyone can receive any income from the estate


If your mum needs advice, would suggest a Citizens Advice Bureau initially....
 
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