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Estate and Probate Administration

Estate and Probate Administration There are 3 things you must do in the first few days after someone dies. Get a medical certificate from a GP or hospital doctor. You’ll need this to register the death.Register the death within 5 days (8 days in Scotland). You’ll then get the documents you need for the funeral.Arrange…
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What is a Deputy?

What is a Deputy? • A Deputy is someone appointed by the Court of Protection to make decisions for and manage the affairs of someone unable to do so for themselves. • The Deputy will act either until the patient dies or if they regain capacity to make decisions for themselves. • The Deputy is…
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When no Will can be very expensive, especially for a Prince

The musician Prince died on the 21st of April 2016 and because no Will was found, Minnesota (USA) probate law determined Prince’s heirs. In 2017, the law firm that works for Comerica Bank and Trust, Fredrikson & Byron were appointed to handle the administration of Prince’s estate. Legal proceedings were then started because three of…
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Why a funeral plan is a smart financial decision

Funeral costs in the UK are rising every year. According to the 2017 SunLife Cost of Dying Report1 the average cost of a funeral in 2004 was £1,920, today it is £4,078. That's an increase of 112% - well above inflation. This is the average cost of organising a funeral directly with a funeral director.…
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