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I am a beneficiary of a will made by a relative who died more than 18 months ago. The executor has appointed someone to administer the will, who presented an initial bill for £5,000 six months ago even though it’s nowhere near being resolved. What’s the procedure for removing an executor?

You would have to issue what’s known as a “citation” through the Chancery Division of the High Court. The executor would be called on to explain his actions and any delay to the court. If you were successful in removing the executor the cost would be met from the estate. Executors are allowed a year in which to wind up an estate before they become liable to the beneficiaries, but if it’s complicated the executor may be able to justify the delay.

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