Feelings often run high around wills and inheritance issues, and can get in the way of a peaceful resolution. It really can help to take a mental step back and approach it dispassionately.
I'd firstly recommend that you write to the executor and ask for an account of the administration of the estate. You can then check this against the will and see if there are grounds for applying to the High Court for removal. It’s worth bearing in mind that it’s pretty difficult to get a removal approved, since you have to prove:
- the executor has been convicted of a crime since they were appointed; or
- the executor is somehow mentally or physically disabled in such a way that they can’t administer the estate properly; or
- the executor is unsuitable due to either a conflict of interest, or gross misconduct.
In this case, you’d probably be considering the gross misconduct route. Here, you’d have to prove that they’d been up to something substantially heinous. It’s not usually enough if they’ve been taking too much time, or not communicating enough, or being unfriendly. They would have to be stealing from the estate, failing to obey a court order, mismanaging the estate or something similar.
If you think you’ve got grounds, I’d contact a legal representative and ask them what they think your chances are.