Distributing a deceased’s estate can be problematic for various reasons
Sometimes, a beneficiary may have lost contact with the deceased or the number of beneficiaries is unclear. Perhaps a beneficiary has lost capacity or died before, or shortly after, the deceased.
If the deceased died intestate and all beneficiaries are not known to the personal representative, it may be necessary to instruct genealogists to prepare a family tree, locate and contact those entitled to the estate under the intestacy rules.
As the personal representative of the deceased’s estate, it will be your responsibility to ensure that the estate is distributed correctly to those entitled.
If you have any queries with regard to how or when to distribute an estate, please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us on 020 3440 8000.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is responsible for distributing an estate?
The Executor (if there is a Will) or the Administrator (if there is no Will) or the Solicitor instructed by them to deal with distribution of the estate.
How long should you wait before distributing the estate?
This depends on the estate and is a decision which needs to be made by the Executor or Administrator taking into account all the circumstances of the person who has died.
What if a beneficiary of an estate has died?
Evidence of death will be required and steps will need to be taken to confirm what should happen to the share of a deceased beneficiary.