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Who can start probate when someone dies?

When a person dies, their estate must be administered after their death. Someone must collect the assets, pay any debts, and distribute any inheritance to the beneficiaries. Many people assume that the ‘next of kin’ will administer probate, but this… Find out more

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What is probate?

‘Probate’ (or ‘confirmation’ in Scotland) is a term frequently used when someone talks about applying for the right to deal with the affairs of a person who has died. Probate is sometimes called ‘administering the estate’ as after someone has… Find out more

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DIY Probate: What to do if there isn’t a Will

When someone dies and they haven’t left a Will, they are said to have died ‘intestate’ and the estate is distributed in accordance with the rules of intestacy.  When this happens, the law sets out who should deal with their… Find out more

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My friend has died and I’m executor. Do I have to do it?

Q: My best friend has just died and she has named me as executor in her Will. She was married, and didn’t have much property or money. Where do I start? Do I have to take the job? If I do,… Find out more

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Debts aren’t written off when someone dies

Many relatives end up in a very difficult situation when a loved one dies leaving debts, especially if the death is unexpected. At such a painful time, many people are reluctant to think about dealing with the debts of the… Find out more

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How does Inheritance Tax work when someone dies?

by Nigel Merchant, Kings Court Trust Nigel Merchant, a Regional Probate Consultant at probate specialists Kings Court Trust, has visited hundreds of bereaved families to discuss, and quote a fixed price for, the administration of their deceased loved one’s estate. One… Find out more

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What to do after a death: the next steps

It is a stressful time when someone passes away and grief is not the only strain relatives face as they struggle to obtain a medical certificate detailing the cause of death, as well as registering the death. They are then expected… Find out more

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How to value the debts of an estate for probate

When someone dies one of the most important tasks of executors (called ‘administrators’, if there isn’t a Will) is to list the assets and debts of the deceased. It’s vital to get in writing the value of all the assets and debts… Find out more

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How to register a death

There are many things to organise when someone dies and it is easy to forget vital steps or become overwhelmed. There are various administrative tasks that need to be undertaken and one of the most important ones is to obtain… Find out more

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Can I do probate myself?

When someone dies and you’re faced with probate, it’s important to think about whether you employ a professional legal firm to administer the estate or if you decide to do it yourself. Whether you handle all the tasks involved in… Find out more