Wills, probate and inheritance

Overview When someone dies, you may be able to apply for a ‘grant of representation’. This gives you the legal right to deal with the person’s property, money and possessions (their ‘estate’). The right to deal with the estate of someone who’s died is called ‘probate’. You can apply yourself or use a solicitor. In most cases, the basic process is as follows: 1 Check if there’s...
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Empty Property Insurance

Empty property insurance – miss it at your peril! Empty property insurance is often a problem where someone has died. In some cases the existing insurer will refuse to maintain cover for an empty house. In all cases, insurers will require that they be notified within a specified time that property is not occupied: if they are not notified that will be a breach of the insurance contact and...
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