(Potentially) dodgy solicitor robbing an elderly

robbo833

Clanker
Evening all,

I’ve an elderly relative who has been trying to sell some land for quite some time with the help of his barrister “friend” and progress has been quite slow. Suddenly, out of the blue another firm have started sniffing around and have made certain comments which make it appear that this barrister “friend” has been taking advantage of the old duffer. Throw in a badly written will (said friend is sole executor) along with putting said barristers name into google and things aren’t looking too good. Is there anyone on here who has an in-depth knowledge of land sale, preferably someone from the Manchester area? I’m just after some advice before I either make a tit of myself or take things down the police route..
 

Aphra

Old-Salt
The Bar Standards Board can help you find out if this person is actually a barrister. I can't post links as I'm a newbie but it's barstandardsboard.org.uk You can search their register and report concerns to them. Purporting to be a barrister (holding out) is deeply frowned upon and though action against offenders is glacial, it does happen.

The Law Society has a useful search tool to find solicitors specialising in various areas of law. Try solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk

Finally, but actually most importantly, seek a local solicitors specialising in family law and get your friend advice on drawing up a new will pronto. It doesn't have to be his final will but it will invalidate the one you (and your friend?) are worried about.

Hope this helps.
 

robbo833

Clanker
Well, a quick check tells me he’s not a barrister and a subsequent phone call to the grandad and apparently he was a barrister but got struck off many years ago. Which just compounds my suspicions
 
Evening all,

I’ve an elderly relative who has been trying to sell some land for quite some time with the help of his barrister “friend” and progress has been quite slow. Suddenly, out of the blue another firm have started sniffing around and have made certain comments which make it appear that this barrister “friend” has been taking advantage of the old duffer. Throw in a badly written will (said friend is sole executor) along with putting said barristers name into google and things aren’t looking too good. Is there anyone on here who has an in-depth knowledge of land sale, preferably someone from the Manchester area? I’m just after some advice before I either make a tit of myself or take things down the police route..
Is your elderly friend in full possession of his marbles? If not, and the Will was made while the old one lacked capacity, it may well not be valid. Would also be useful to know if he has given anyone Power of Attorney.

IMO you should get down to the other Solicitors sharpish.
 

Aphra

Old-Salt
Well, a quick check tells me he’s not a barrister and a subsequent phone call to the grandad and apparently he was a barrister but got struck off many years ago. Which just compounds my suspicions
Ah. In that case, you're right to be concerned. If nothing else, it confirms that the guy's knowledge and professional development will be out of date.
Is your elderly friend in full possession of his marbles? If not, and the Will was made while the old one lacked capacity, it may well not be valid. Would also be useful to know if he has given anyone Power of Attorney.

IMO you should get down to the other Solicitors sharpish.
I couldn't agree more. As to Power of Attorney, if none is in place, it's well worth doing, for both health and finances as if grandad loses capacity (which can happen terrifyingly quickly), you'd be into Court of Protection applications, with attendant huge costs and massive stress.
 

robbo833

Clanker
Is your elderly friend in full possession of his marbles? If not, and the Will was made while the old one lacked capacity, it may well not be valid. Would also be useful to know if he has given anyone Power of Attorney.

IMO you should get down to the other Solicitors sharpish.

Yep, the old guy has capacity, which is part of the problem as his pride and the trust he has in this barrister is a big issue. He hadn’t appointed anyone as Power of Attorney but we have managed to convince him to draft a new will with 2 executors (neither of which are this barrister) and nominating a Power of Attorney for both health and welfare but we are a distance away so heading up there ASAP to (hopefully) get him to sign the rewritten will.

It’s certainly looking like a different solicitor is the way forward. There’s still an outside chance that all of this is a mistake.. but I doubt it
 
Yep, the old guy has capacity, which is part of the problem as his pride and the trust he has in this barrister is a big issue. He hadn’t appointed anyone as Power of Attorney but we have managed to convince him to draft a new will with 2 executors (neither of which are this barrister) and nominating a Power of Attorney for both health and welfare but we are a distance away so heading up there ASAP to (hopefully) get him to sign the rewritten will.

It’s certainly looking like a different solicitor is the way forward. There’s still an outside chance that all of this is a mistake.. but I doubt it
I work in this space now, more than happy to speak offline if you PM me a number...
 

Aphra

Old-Salt
It's hard to admit your judgement has been wrong if indeed your suspicions are correct but grandad sounds like a smart bloke and I'm sure he'll see the sense of a second opinion. Barrister chap should be pushing grandad to get independent legal advice.

Here's hoping for a good outcome.
 

MoleBath

LE
Kit Reviewer
Book Reviewer
The Bar Standards Board can help you find out if this person is actually a barrister. I can't post links as I'm a newbie but it's barstandardsboard.org.uk You can search their register and report concerns to them. Purporting to be a barrister (holding out) is deeply frowned upon and though action against offenders is glacial, it does happen.

The Law Society has a useful search tool to find solicitors specialising in various areas of law. Try solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk

Finally, but actually most importantly, seek a local solicitors specialising in family law and get your friend advice on drawing up a new will pronto. It doesn't have to be his final will but it will invalidate the one you (and your friend?) are worried about.

Hope this helps.
When drawing up a new will try and locate and destroy the original
 

Joshua Slocum

LE
Book Reviewer
This slimy fat little toad had ripped loads of people off
its a given that many went undiscovered
all started to unravel when one person investigated

and another one a few years back, he was very closely linked to a certain crime family who found fame on TV
 

robbo833

Clanker
This slimy fat little toad had ripped loads of people off
its a given that many went undiscovered
all started to unravel when one person investigated

and another one a few years back, he was very closely linked to a certain crime family who found fame on TV
That’s pretty much how I envisaged this barrister carrying on. It seems surprisingly easy once they’ve got the trust, to empty a few back accounts.
 
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