"Death does not take the WISE man by surprise, he is always PREPARED to leave" - Jean de la Fontaine (1621 - 1695)
Are you wise? Are you prepared? Death is the one engagement that we all have to keep! We all hope it is later rather than sooner.
What if you died tomorrow?
Without a Will - The Prince of Wales may inherit your estate
If you have not made a Will, it may be months or even years before the people who you care about can look after your affairs. As well as the general pain it may also cause financial difficulty.
Worse still, if no person has a claim on your estate and you have not made a Will then all of your estate passes to the Crown (The Government) or it becomes the property of the Duchy of Cornwall (Prince of Wales) or the Duchy of Lancaster (if you live in those areas).
Contact us and arrange your family's future.
You will first need to register the death with the Local Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. The certificate is free although a charge will be made for certified copies which are needed to start the probate process as well as supplying others such as bankers and insurance companies.
What is Probate?
This is the proof of having legal authority to sort out the affairs of someone who has died. If there is a Will the person who seeks probate will normally be the executors of the Will. If no will has been made then people will need to apply to the Probate Registry for "letters of administration" and be appointed as administrators.
Executors: these are appointed in the Will to look after the estate
Administrators: when no Will has been made, the Probate Court appoints suitable administrators (it could be family) and issues Letters of Administration.