Q. We know we were named in the will of a friend who died recently. But one of his distant relatives has taken charge and sent me and my daughter just £100 each. We think we were left more than that. The relative won’t let us see a copy of the will.
A. Assuming the deceased’s estate was large enough to require a grant of probate you should be able to acquire a copy of the will from the District Probate Registry. If necessary the relative can be ordered to produce the will in court. If the executor of your friend’s will hasn’t distributed the estate according to his wishes you can sue him for your rightful legacy. You don’t say why you expected more. It’s possible there wasn’t enough in the estate to distribute the legacies in full.