My mum recently passed away. My 2 siblings and I dont get along and very rarely talk. My mums will named all 3 of us as

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Customer: My mum recently passed away. My 2 siblings and I dont get along and very rarely talk. My mums will named all 3 of us as excutors and to a 1/3 share each of her estate. We need to do a probate etc to settle things. One of my siblings has instructed his lawyer (who did my mums will) to start the probate process and get bills paid. In the past the lawyer could not witness my mums signature when she did her EPOA's due to that he was my siblings lawyer. Is there a conflict here? With the lack of communication and relationship breakdown, should I ask for an independant lawyer?
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Customer: Auckland NZ
JA: What documents or supporting evidence do you have?
Customer: Will
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Customer: dont think so
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I am sorry to hear about your mothers death

The lawyer could have been better chosen, but if the estate provides for all 3 of you as executors and getting equal shares, then it is unlikely that there will be a conflict of interest. I do think he may not have been the best choice for the estate since he has acted for 1 of you individually, and there should have been more discussion about who was going to be the estate lawyer. But if you are still concerned, you could raise this with the lawyer and ask him direct if he thinks he has a conflict because of his previous involvement with your sibling

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