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    Without a valid Last Will and Testament any assets you leave on death will be distributed according to the Rules of Intestacy. These rules lay down a rigid method of estate distribution and make no account of your wishes. Click the image to read more...
  • We realise that most people haven’t experienced probate before. Probate is the administration of a deceased’s Estate by the appointed “executors” in the Will, usually family members. At an already difficult and emotional time, the complexities of executing a Will and establishing any appropriate Trusts can be an arduous task. Click the image to the left to read more...
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  • Without a valid Last Will and Testament any assets you leave on death will be distributed according to the Rules of Intestacy. These rules lay down a rigid method of estate distribution and make no account of your wishes, unless you write a will. Click the image to the left to read more...
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Difficult Executors-Personally liable

A recent case where Executors of a Will are failing to claim the proceeds of an insurance policy indicates the personal liability attaching to their duties. The proper administration of a Will , which is called Probate, is the responsibility of the named Executors.

In this case the claimant is the ex-wife of the deceased. As part of a divorce settlement the wife was made beneficiary of a life insurance policy on her husband .The executors are delaying collection of the proceeds as they are estranged from the wife. This tends to indicate they are family members of the deceased who are not on good terms with the divorced wife.

Expert opinion believes that if the executors refuse or fail to carry out their duties then upon application to the Court and proof of such they could be made to meet all the legal costs personally.

Family members as executors are fine but where there is any likelihood of discord then appoint professionals

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