Cain and Abel are named as joint-executors in their widower father Adam's will. Both are also beneficiaries. Shortly after Adam's death, before probate, Cain unilaterally appoints an estate agent to market Adam's home at a knock-down price once probate is granted, without consulting his fellow-executor Abel.
Question: Does the panel believe Abel (or, perhaps more accurately, their late father's estate) will be bound to the contract his brother Cain has agreed with the estate agents (in the same way one might be bound to a business partner's or co-director's agreements)? Or are both executors' signatures necessary for the agents to be able to enforce the contract?
There are no trusts involved, and the estate exceeds the IHT thresholds. One for those with practical IHT/estate experience, I guess; or a working knowledge of contract law.