I am near completion of an estate, relatively small. One beneficiary took a while to locate, which I eventually managed to do by finally getting an address and then confirming via a H M Land Reg search. Despite duplicate letters being sent to the address by standard first class and Recorded Delivery, the letters sent by Recorded are being returned marked ‘refused’. I am confident the letters have been read.
It is my understanding this particular benef had an affair with the deceased and I assume this lies behind the refusal to respond. My letters have made it clear the inheritance can be disclaimed, or varied, but I need this in writing.
Rather than delay distribution to the others, I have decided to set aside this share, approx. £15K The question is, what more can I do as I don’t really want to hold this money indefinitely.