Automatic Revocation

“I now pronounce you…”  It is at this point in the marriage (in all its various forms) that automatically and without any other comment or warning, a Will is revoked, and thereafter the statutory provisions operate in its place.  Not a lot of people know this. This...

What happens if there is no Will?

The State determines what happens to the financial assets of someone who dies with no Will at all. The current rules set out a “decision tree”, branching in different directions depending on the answers. https://www.gov.uk/inherits-someone-dies-without-will/ In...

What does an Executor do?

An Executor, a person named by the deceased in their Will as “Executor”, is responsible for managing the financial affairs of a deceased, finding out what it is, and carrying out he terms of the Will so far as the Law will allow. The State will intervene to make sure...

Intermeddling?

Another strange word beloved of lawyers.  It applies to a situation where someone finds that they have been appointed executor in a Will, starts acting in that capacity and then regrets taking on the responsibility. An example would be an executor who takes control of...