Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

My Dear Departed Dad Still Owns My Flat

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

My Dear Departed Dad Still Owns My Flat

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Byline: Fiona McNulty OUR LAWYER ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS

QI WAS left a flat by my father two years ago and I employed a solicitor to deal with Dad's estate after he died. I was the executor and the sole beneficiary and I thought it all got sorted. But I have just discovered that the property is still in my father's name and not registered to me at all. How can this situation have arisen? ATHE solicitor you instructed to undertake the administration of your father's estate should have ascertained the extent of his assets, obtained a Grant of Probate and distributed the estate -- which would have included paying debts, expenses and any tax due.

You should have been advised about transferring the property into your name. The legal fees for administering the estate may not have included such work. However, your solicitor could have informed you of any additional legal fees payable for that service. Ask the solicitor why the property was not transferred into your name. If this was simply overlooked but you were charged for the work, then you should ask your solicitor to deal with the transfer now, at no cost to you.

If your solicitor says that the transfer was outside the scope of his work, tell him that he still should have advised you about your options in relation to transferring the property.

Indeed as the apartment remains in the name of your late father, the administration of his estate has not actually been finalised.

QMY MUM has her own house and wants to put my name on the title deeds so that we both own it. As she cannot afford to pay for the upkeep of the house any longer I have been doing it all. I pay her bills and help her to decorate and do the gardening.

What is the point of putting me on the title deeds? Are there things I should worry about? Please can you give me some advice? AIF YOUR mother has a mortgage, lender's consent would be needed and consideration must be given to your respective liabilities for the mortgage. …

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