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Hi, I'm trying to help a friend.

Child is three years old, mother was common law wife of the child's father.


Father has been killed in a work related accident.

The employer has made a payment (from Avia) through a solicitor engaged by the mother.

The child is the beneficiary of the very small estate.


The solicitor will only pay the monies into a the Child's account which has to be a trust account with two signatories and flatly refuses to pay into a simple Child's account.


We have been unable to find an High Street bank that offers such an account.


The solicitor is pushing the mother to go to a company that specialises in Trust accounts but this would be a big hit on the very small amount of money involved, less than £20K.


1) Does she have to have a trust account?


2) If yes, where can we setup such account ourselves to save taking a kit on the funds?

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Is the payment an interim payment or a final one?

If the employer is liable for a wrongful death the sums involved can be large.


How about an account with a high street bank, but for the Trust created for the child, with at least 2 trustees as signatories:


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