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How to leave the residue of your estate

OK. So you are thinking about making a will. And you’ve decided who you would like to leave ‘specific gifts’ of your property to. (Read more about making specific gifts when you make a will in our article.) What you… Find out more

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Probate: Where do I start?

When someone dies and before you start the probate process, it’s important to complete some initial tasks to secure the deceased’s property and check on their correspondence. These tasks should be attended to as soon as possible, in preparation for… Find out more

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Executors: what to do if there is a Will

How to probate an estate when someone dies and what to do if you’re nominated as executor in the Will. Many executors may have been made aware of their duties before death and know where the Will is kept should… Find out more

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How to appoint an executor and trustee

An executor is a person named in your will who has the responsibility of managing your property after your death and distributing that property according to the terms of your will. The executor will have to collect in and preserve… Find out more

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How to name guardians for your children

Making a Will is not just about passing on property. If you have children, you can use your will to ensure that they are looked after by who you wish in the event of your death. A guardian is someone… Find out more

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What to do when someone dies in Scotland

When you’re named as the executor of a Will, you’re being asked to take responsibility for administering the estate of the person who made the Will, called the testator, after they have died. After someone dies, executors are expected to… Find out more

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How to witness and sign your will properly

Witnesses to Your Will To make sure that your will is legally valid, it’s important to ensure that your will is properly witnessed. When you’re making a will you need two witnesses who must be over 18 and preferably neither… 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