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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Possible Solution For Difficulty in UK Probate Process

Typing-on-computerRecently, Patrick Collinson, money editor of the Guardian, has proposed a solution for some of Britain's probate system shortcomings. One of the most difficult aspects of the probate process is establishing facts surrounding ones death. Some of these challenges include finding out where their accounts are and what policies they have. Something that helps alleviate this problem is having a will. However, the challenge with executing a will is making sure someone finds it when you die. Currently, there is not a central searchable registry for wills in the UK. Collinson is proposing adding a searchable registry that would allow the public to search if their loved ones had a will for a small fee. Thus adding a searchable registry alleviates some of the difficulty in the probate process.

See Patrick Collinson Estates Entangled in a Probate Trap, The Guardian,  Sep. 20, 2013.

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That article arose after a conversation with me. The Principal Probate Registry has the ability to record the location of all Wills - so why not do it rather than have a plethora of private "registries"? We give the testator a copy Will and a laminated A4 storage certificate, and the executors just the laminated certificates, plus an annual checklist - tax, law, personal circumstances so they know when to ask us questions. We like to thing our stored Wills are safe and findable - and will almost certainly be up to date!

Posted by: Stephen Pett | Sep 25, 2013 11:51:53 AM

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