A Will is a witnessed document that sets out in writing the deceased’s wishes, after death, for their possessions, referred to as their Estate.
It is important for you to make a Will because if you do not, and die without a Will, the law on intestacy decides what happens to your property. A Will can ensure that proper arrangements are made for your dependants and that your property is distributed in the way you wish after you die, subject to certain rights of spouses/civil partners and children. It is also advisable to complete and keep updated a list of your assets.
When a deceased has made a Will, the process which allows the assets to be distributed is called Probate. The representative(s) of the deceased are known as the Executor(s).
If there was no Will then the process is called Administration.
When a deceased has not made a Will, the process which allows the assets to be distributed is called Administration. The representative(s) of the deceased are known as the Administrator(s).
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