A will is a legal document that states how a deceased person’s assets are to be divided among their inheritors.
Probate refers to the process of proving the authenticity of the original document of Will through court, without which the will cannot be executed. The purpose behind probate is to identify a fraudulent will. An experienced wills and probate solicitor can assist in these complicated matters.
In order to execute a will, one must have either a Grant of Probate (in case of a will) or a letter of Administration (in case there is no will).
An executioner of a Will is a legal representative who is appointed the task of carrying out the division of the deceased person’s estate as per the will. The role of the executioner comes in effect as soon as the maker of the will dies. However, one is not legally bound to be an executioner.
In case a person dies without a will, then the executor is referred to as ‘the administrator’. An administrator is usually a close relative of the deceased. However, like the executioner, the administrator is not legally bound to carry out the designated duties, in which case the duties are then transferred to the next closest relative. The division of the deceased’s estate is carried out under the strict rules of intestacy.
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