Stalemate — 11 Comments

  1. You could just write a new will – but the deeds would still be a problem. Don’t you have an Irish version of our Land Registry?

    • I just checked and there is indeed a Land Registry which should be up to date. The old will can stand as it is [apparently €300 to write a new one, Fuck!]

      I’ll just stick with the distant crowd for the moment. It’s not like I use them on a daily basis.

  2. I had a similar problem a while back when I had Power of Attorney for my mother-in-law. She was resident in a care home, had no driving licence nor passport, and was disabled (unable to walk). A bank was being difficult about accepting the PoA. UK disability law laid a duty on the bank to make “reasonable adjustments” to its processes to enable someone with disability to gain access to their services. The problem was kicked upstairs to Head Office where a very helpful chap demolished the logjam. Maybe Irish law has something similar that you could invoke.

    • I’m actually not that pushed about the solicitors. It’s really just a matter of convenience, However the reason I am really concerned is that it was a dry run before approaching the banks. Presumably they are going to be just as messy? I’ll probably start tackling them next week.

  3. One result of the government trying to protect you from everything, including yourself.
    The most feared phrase one can possibly hear; “I’m from the government and I’m here to help”.

  4. With your skills, use some photo shoppy thing to give your Teashop a blue rinse perm and stick picture on some plausible International Charity Organisation pass card as a Special Agent. That is your Good Lady. Keeping a low profile because of Russian assassination threat.
    Stick a prominent ear mic in one ear.
    Tell yer man that he has to show his ID.
    Take a picture of him and his ID with your smart phone and then start muttering into your coat cuff.
    Tell him that he got away with it this time, but his history is on record. The equivalent of “We know what you did.”
    Fight fuck-wittery with its own weapon.
    Such larks.

  5. I don’t know about your place but in the UK many of these rules are not ‘law’. The law will often be vague and say something like ‘reasonable provision’ or ‘appropriate procedures’ while the actual rules they quote at you are made up by the companies or trade bodies or even their insurance companies to make doubly sure they comply with the law. I had a long row with a UK bank to close an account after a relative’s death, getting exactly the same ‘it’s the law’ nonsense over one piece of paper, and only when I threatened to go to the ombudsman about their unreasonable rules and sue them for withholding payment of what had become the beneficiary’s money did things get sorted out.

  6. Considering they are solicitors, it’s quite reasonable to say “OK, show me the law you’re quoting” – they should have it to hand. That will then almost certainly prove, as Woodsy42 says, that there are adequate provisions in ‘the law’ to allow your transaction to take place. Putting a legal one over on solicitors is always good fun, drags the rug out from under their pompous arrogance.

  7. I’d suggest taking out all the money from the bank that’s closing, take it home and stash it somewhere safe, and wait until the “…it’s the law” is straightened out. But you’d probably need identification to do that.

    • I’d be dead nervous having all that cash floating around. Herself would go mad spending it, for a start. Sure I can just wire it to another one of my accounts if necessary.

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