If there is a Will, that should set out clearly who is entitled to the estate. Read it carefully to ascertain who is entitled to various aspects of the estate.
Find The Will
If there is a Will then you need to find it. It may be with the deceased’s papers or stored with their solicitor. If there are difficulties finding a Will then a search can be made with an organisation called Certainty Will Search.
Reading Of The Will
There is no legal requirement to have a formal reading of the Will and it is mainly used by writers in files, and books to create dramatic effect. Obviously, the Will does need to be read and clearly understood but not in the way that Hollywood or fiction writers suggest.
Understanding The Will
Wills are not the easiest of documents to understand and if there is any doubt as to the meaning of a Will then legal advice should be obtained.
The Will should appoint executors. These are the people who have responsibility for dealing with the administration of an estate and collecting in the assets, paying the debts and distributing the balance in accordance with the terms of the Will.
Complying With The Will
It is of course essential that the contents of a Will must be strictly followed.
Sometimes people leave legacies such as gifts of money or items to certain beneficiaries.
This is a common phrase in Wills and refers to what’s left after all the debts, legacies and other payments have been made.
Sometimes the contents of a Will might be disputed by certain people. If that happens then legal advice should be immediately obtained.
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