First post and not sure where to start. So apologies if this all seems disjointed, misworded and misspelt,etc.
My father died a few years ago. He was on his 3rd wife at the time. The 3rd wife was given life tenancy of my fathers home, with the option should she want to move, the house could be sold and a new one purchased with the proceeds of the sale, any remainder would be added to the trust which is invested in a stocks and shares scheme. She also has to maintain the house and insure it. She wanted to sell up, but the deeds to the house had been lost and the house wasn't registered (dad had the deeds and there was no mortgage on it), she managed to get the solicitors handling the estate to get the house registered some fours years after dad died. I was involved after some time and I had to corresponded with two other solicitors to get things moving along to get it registered. I have found out that to do this she has stated (on Land Registry form ST3) that she has lived in the house since my father bought it. This isn't true. Both me and my father moved some 80 miles to this new place. Neither of us new anybody in the area at the time. I lived there for some six months with just my father and his dog and with my partner staying at the weekends. My father married this woman four years later after I moved out.
The house has now been sold and a new one purchased, which she has moved into. It was agreed between her and the solicitors, that as she was the one who wanted to move she would pay the removal costs. But she left some articles behind and the new owners charged £240.00 for a skip. She had told me that she would put anything she didn't want "in the skip". I believe she never hired a skip and this was a deliberate ploy to create costs for the trust, she's aggrieved that she didn't get anything from the will and has been trying to get the trust to pay to have the new house redecorated, which the original solicitors say they have not done. The solicitors paid up the £240.00 without the consent or knowledge of the new trustees. I've asked for them to repay it but they say they had no choice.
Whilst all this was going on, the solicitors who were also the trustees, offered to resign as trustees. This took forever to arrange. I had no choice but to agree to being one of the trustees along with my partner and her and one other person. This went through a few weeks before the house sale. I wasn't informed of the extra cost of a second skip, never the less they paid it out of the proceeds of the sale.
The solicitors asked me to open a trust account in the names of all four people. I have done this and all four need to sign to take any money out. I have passed the account details to them as requested. But now two of the new trustees have written to them and told them not to transfer the money to this new account. She has also cut off all contact with me and my partner. She is also entitled to the interest the trust receives. It was originally put to us that the residue would go back to the company that invested the money and where the working capital come from.
On the ST3 the wording is...
If you dishonestly enter information or make a statement that you know is, or might be, untrue or misleading, and intend by doing so to make a gain for yourself or another person, or to cause loss or the risk of loss to another person, you may commit the offence of fraud under section 1 of the Fraud Act 2006.
Sorry for the rambling on, but I believe that's the gist of things so far into this 6 year old muddle. I'm getting to the end of my tether with it all at the moment. Her consistent untruths and the solicitors keep on changing things, arranging meetings to talk over things then once I get there changing to something else, one particular meeting was a disaster.
I now wonder where I stand?
Where do I stand on the ST3, what are the repercussion?
Who should have paid the £240.00?
Where have I gone wrong?
I'm sure there are plenty of questions, so please ask and I'll try my best to answer them.
And thank you very much. for your time.