Excellent advise ALlan , also better to have the copy stored with the lawyers firm rather than an Individual lawyer. Your copy should have the lawyers firm stamped on your copy and next of kin or executor should know where the original copy is.Good to review once in awhile.
It amazes me the number of people who havenít made a Will, nearly 2 years ago I was contacted by a solicitor acting on behalf of a late cousin, I didnít realise he had died as we only exchanged Christmas cards and the odd telephone conversation. I had wondered why I had not received a Christmas card from my cousin, of course receipt of the solicitorís letter explained the reason why.
My cousin, who had never married, had a sudden death outside of his home, the Police were involved, anyway the Police were told that my cousin lived alone, his friends who knew about my existence told the Police that I was a relative, the friends requested permission to enter the house to retrieve my details, permission was not granted. My late cousinís friends contacted a solicitor, known to them, to seek permission to enter the property, they were told permission could only be granted by the Courtís. In the meantime the solicitor made contact with all of the local solicitors to see if they were holding a Will made by my cousin, no Will was ever found, it was nearly 7 months before anyone was allowed into my cousins house, once inside my contact details were found, I eventually received a latter from the solicitor asking me to make contact as it was thought that I was beneficiary to my cousinís Estate.
I was able to supply details regarding my cousin to the solicitor, I am not the sole beneficiary as there are other cousins, anyway it is well over 2 years since the demise of my cousin, his Estate has not been finalised yet. I just canít believe my cousin didnít leave a Will, if he had it would have been found and perhaps the Estate could have been finalised quicker, so I agree that it is better to have a Will properly drawn up, preferably by a solicitor, as in the event of a person who has died intestate it can take forever to finalise that persons affairs.
Always make sure that your solicitor has all information required to finalise your affairs especially if you are a single person, I am sure there must be millions of pounds lying in bank accounts throughout the UK waiting for someone to collect the money, if not collected the State receives the funds.
Our solicitor is updated on a regular basis with our various account details, i most certainly donít want the State to benefit from me, they take enough money from me as it is.
Having spoken to my friend Neil, a local undertaker, I was advised to make a will which I have done. He told me that he's had people fighting in his funeral parlour over people dying without leaving a will. I've already experienced this so I agree with Allan. Probate is definitely to be avoided to keep families together.
Wills for Stan
Posted by Mac Cummings on February 3, 2023, 12:39:12, in reply to "Re: Liz thanks for that info." Edited by administrator Admin2 February 3, 2023, 12:40:17
Except for very small estates a will doesn't avoid the need for probate Stan it simply clarifies the destination of the lolly!!
Re: Wills for Stan
Posted by Stan Wears on February 6, 2023, 19:16:00, in reply to "Wills for Stan"
Don't I know Mac! Mines done so I'm leaving my in laws the gas and electric bills! Only joking!