When someone dies there is a long list of things to do, not least of all grieve!
So how do you know what to do and where do you start? Who do you need to inform? Who can arrange the funeral? Who can deal with the assets? The answers to these questions depend on a number of factors, including whether the deceased left a valid Will and who their family members are.
The person who has the legal authority to deal with a deceased's affairs has a hefty burden on them to ensure that all the correct laws are followed, all debts are paid, any taxes are paid, all beneficiaries are paid … the list goes on.
The way in which an estate will be administered will depend on whether the deceased left a Will or not. When someone dies without a Will this is known as an Intestacy.
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