By A Concerned Citizen
I have information that I would like to share about the High Court in St. Vincent, regarding particularly, the estate division.
The estate office is responsible for transferring ownership of assets from the deceased to their beneficiaries according to their wills.
However, the office is grossly incompetent. Most persons have been waiting for over a year for a document that can be done in two weeks. Some are even waiting for 2-3 years.
I had submitted the documents, paid over $10,000 in legal fees and $3,000 in government stamps, etc., which is the norm to probate an estate. Yet, for two years now I cannot receive ownership of my property.
And despite my attempts to follow up, the department does nothing. They disregard the vital role the department serves.
I had to write to you because the inactions of the High Court Office have caused the bank to foreclose the property that was willed to me. I have lost everything. I had a buyer waiting to purchase the property for over a year but the inability of the estate department to provide me with my probate deed resulted in my not being able to close the transaction.
I am not the only person who has suffered this fate. Many lawyers are frustrated with the departments as well. It is ridiculous to think that something that can be done in one month would end up taking over two years.
The situation at the High Court estate division needs to be addressed.
That level of incompetence should not be the standard for our country’s High Court.
It is devastating to believe that person have their entire net worth tied up for years only to result in the losing hundreds of thousands because of their inability to receive ownership of their properties.
What adds to the frustration is the stink attitude of the staff at the High Court. You cannot ask them anything. These persons should not be working at a government institution. Furthermore, they never seem to have updates. Many times I wonder whether they are sleeping on their jobs, because the front desk answers the office line about 50% of the times and the greetings is always informal and lackadaisical.
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