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What is a Personal Representative?

on 29-Aug-2023 12:16:30 By | Nigel Merchant |
The term Personal Representative might sound daunting, especially if you’re navigating the complex process of estate administration for the first time. A Personal Representative is responsible for the administration of a deceased person's estate; they are liable for various legal and financial tasks that ensure the smooth transition of assets to the beneficiaries.
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Why it’s beneficial to use a professional estate administration provider

on 14-Aug-2023 14:41:39 By | Nigel Merchant |
When you’re faced with the responsibility of being named as an Executor in a Will, there are many things to consider. The tasks included in the role can be time-consuming and involve complex legal jargon, which can prove overwhelming during the difficult time of losing someone. Whilst an Executor is required to deal with the estate, help is available, and they have the option of instructing a professional provider. In this blog, we will provide an overview of the Executor role and why it can be beneficial to seek professional support.
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Rules of intestacy: What happens when you die without a Will

on 26-Jul-2023 09:19:00 By | Charlotte Toogood |
What are the UK rules of intestacy? When someone dies without a Will, they are said to have died intestate, and their estate must be distributed following the rules of intestacy.
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What to do when someone dies without a Will

on 26-Jul-2023 08:45:00 By | Charlotte Toogood |
When someone dies without leaving a Will, it is known as dying intestate. Intestacy can complicate the probate and estate administration processes, as the law decides who will deal with the estate and who will inherit from it. In this blog, we aim to answer frequently asked questions about the processes involved when someone dies without a Will in the UK.
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Update on probate delays and how to avoid a stopped application

on 25-Jul-2023 10:18:06 By | Nigel Merchant |
Bereaved families and estate administrators across England and Wales continue to face delays when applying for a Grant of Representation – the umbrella term for Grant of Probate (when there is a Will) and Letters of Administration (when there is no Will).
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What happens to Premium Bonds when someone dies?

on 19-Jul-2023 10:50:00 By | Nigel Merchant |
Please note that Kings Court Trust only deals with Premium Bonds when administering the estate of an owner who has passed away. We are not able to track, claim, or sell Premium Bonds otherwise. When someone passes away, all of their assets must be dealt with as part of the estate administration process. This can include property, personal belongings, cash, bank accounts, and more. One asset that is not as commonly discussed is Premium Bonds. However, Premium Bonds form part of an individual’s estate just like a bank or savings account and therefore must be dealt with when handling the assets.
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What is a chain of representation?

on 03-Jul-2023 15:09:40 By | Nigel Merchant |
The chain of representation refers to the legal framework that allows for the continuous administration of an estate after the death of an individual. When someone is appointed as an Executor under a Grant of Probate (if the deceased had a valid Will) or an Administrator under a Grant of Letters of Administration (if the deceased did not have a valid Will), they become the representative of the deceased person's estate. This representation is formally granted to them by the Probate Registry.
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What is a Deed of Appointment in probate?

on 22-Jun-2023 10:21:58 By | Nigel Merchant |
During the probate and estate administration processes, you may come across unfamiliar jargon; this could include Trusts, Trustees, and Deeds of Appointment. This blog will provide an overview of what a Deed of Appointment is and how it relates to Trusts and probate.
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Cross-border estates: Estate planning for European assets

on 25-May-2023 08:58:20 By | Nigel Merchant |
Many people acquire assets across popular European destinations, such as holiday homes and bank accounts. It’s crucial to ensure that these assets are accounted for during the estate planning process. However, there is often a great deal of confusion around how to incorporate these assets into an estate plan to protect loved ones in the event of death.
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