My mother passed away 16 months ago. One beneficiary was living in Mum's house (due to not being able to rent a house for herself) at the time of Mum's death and has done everything within her power to delay the winding up of the deceased estate. Now that the house has finally been sold with settlement occurring 3 weeks ago, the solicitors are now saying that the funds cannot be distributed until they receive a Statutory Declaration confirming that beneficiaries have never been declared bankrupt from all 3 beneficiaries. The executor & myself have completed this declaration, however the other beneficiary is ignoring all correspondence from the solicitors. My question is can the solicitors legally refuse to distribute the funds to the beneficiaries who have attended to all correspondence promptly and have declared that they are not bankrupt until they receive the third declaration? It is my understanding that a beneficiary's bankruptcy status has no bearing on distributions to other beneficiaries.