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What happens when missing beneficiaries can’t be found?

on Mar 23, 2022 12:57:04 PM By | Kings Court Trust | Estate Administration Beneficiaries Intestacy
When someone passes away, their loved ones and those dealing with their estate are left with a variety of tasks that must be completed before inheritance can be distributed. If the beneficiaries of the deceased’s estate cannot be found, this can cause additional stress and work at a time that is already difficult.
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Rules of intestacy: What happens when you die without a Will

on Jun 9, 2021 3:44:42 PM By | Kings Court Trust | Estate Administration Intestacy Will Wills
When someone dies without a Will, they are said to have died “intestate” and their estate must be distributed following the rules of intestacy. The intestacy rules are dictated by law in the country where the Deceased was domiciled. Unfortunately, understanding who inherits under the rules of intestacy is not always as straightforward as it may seem.
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Complex intestacies: Why you should leave a Will

on May 18, 2021 11:18:08 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Case Study Intestacy Wills
At Kings Court Trust, we deal with a variety of different estates and we are sometimes faced with complex intestacies when someone dies without a Will. In this blog post, we share two particularly complicated case studies where family tree research has been required to identify the entitled heirs, all of which could have been avoided by leaving a Will.
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TV & radio presenter, Caroline Flack, left no plans for her £2m estate

on Dec 1, 2020 11:51:27 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Will Writing Intestacy Wills Celebrity
In February 2020, the heartbreaking news broke that Caroline Flack, the popular TV and radio presenter, best known for presenting Love Island, sadly took her life at the age of 40.
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Handwritten Will found under sofa cushion in Aretha Franklin’s home

Aretha Franklin died on the 16th of August 2018 at the age of 76 after an ongoing battle with pancreatic cancer. Recent news reports have now revealed how a handwritten Will has been discovered under a sofa cushion in the Queen of Soul’s home in Detroit. To ensure the Will’s validity, it is being examined by a handwriting expert.
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Aretha Franklin reportedly died without a Will, leaving her multimillion pound estate to the rules of intestacy

on Aug 29, 2018 11:51:19 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Beneficiaries Intestacy Will Celebrity
After a near six decades in the spotlight, Aretha Franklin has died at the age of 76, reportedly without leaving a Will. The Queen of Soul passed away at her home in Detroit on Thursday the 16th of August, after an on-going battle with pancreatic cancer.
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No Family & No Will?

on Feb 19, 2014 9:00:00 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Blog Intestacy
If a person dies without any known blood relatives and without leaving a Will, it is the Bona Vacantia division of the Treasury Solicitor’s department that is tasked with administering the estate.
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Treasury Doubles Income From Assets of People Dying Intestate

on Jun 19, 2013 9:00:00 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Blog Estate Planning Intestacy
The value of assets owned by Britons who die intestate has nearly doubled in just a year, which means that the estates of more and more people are being transferred to HM Treasury.
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Court Decides Next of Kin Inherit After Declaring Will Invalid

on Apr 2, 2013 9:00:00 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Estate Administration Blog Intestacy Will
A High Court judge has ruled that the will of an 80-year-old woman, which left her inheritance to her closest friends, is invalid after concluding that she was mentally unstable when conveying her final wishes, the Daily Mail reported.
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