Mr H died intestate leaving a widow (Mrs H) but no children (estate under £450,000). House is in Mr H’s sole name. Mrs B (great-niece of Mrs H) obtained a Grant ‘for the use and benefit of Mrs H limited until further representation be granted’. Although Mrs H was in a permanent care home, Mrs B failed to sell Mr H’s house and the house remained empty for over 2 years. Mrs H then died and a Grant has been issued to me as Attorney Administrator for Mrs K, the niece of the late Mrs H.
As there is a break in the chain of representation, I understand an application for letters de bonis non will need to be obtained in order for Mr H’s house to be sold. Who can obtain the Letters? Am I correct in my understanding that it is now Mr H’s own relatives who should apply for the Letters, even though they won’t benefit?
It is believed there is a surviving brother of Mr H (probably in his 80s/90s) but it is unknown whether there are nieces and nephews. If there are, will all relatives have to be cleared off, or just the surviving brother?
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