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LEGAL FOCUS AdvertIsIng FeAture Sound advice from Kings Court tOp tIps FOr deAlIng WIth An estAte When sOmeOne dIes D


ealing with the estate of someone who has died, commonly known as probate, can be a daunting and upsetting process, especially


if it’s the first time you’ve had to deal with a death.


Important steps to consider: • Once you have the medical certificate from a doctor you will need to register the death. Registration must take place within five working days of death (except where the death is referred to a coroner).


• Find out if the deceased left a valid will as there are different legal requirements for administering the estate if no valid will has been written. There may also be funeral wishes outlined in this document.


• When arranging the funeral, shop around as funeral fees can vary considerably. Funeral Directors are fountains of knowledge if you need to find a venue for the wake, a florist, hotel rates for visiting relatives etc.


• You don’t need a professional legal firm or solicitor to administer the estate. However, make an honest appraisal of your time limits and ability to take on a task that can be complex and time consuming.


• If you administer the estate you will be personally liable for any mistakes or oversights.


• If you consult a professional legal firm, expect a clear and straightforward fixed price based on the amount of work involved, rather than a price based on hourly rates or a percentage of the estate value.


To find out more about KCT, visit www.kctrust.co.uk, email info@kctrust.co.uk or call 01225 787127


Kings Court Trust is a regulated probate company that has been providing will storage and probate and estate administration services for families since 2002. For comprehensive guidance on the next steps, call the Probate Advice Line on freephone 0300 303 9000 or visit www.kctrust.co.uk for more information. BL


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