My relative died without a Will, what do I do next?
If someone has died without having made a Will, they are said to have died ‘intestate’.
Complex legal rules, known as the ‘intestacy rules’, will apply to determine:
- Who is entitled to administer the estate – known as the Administrator, and
- Who is entitled to benefit from the estate assets – known as the Beneficiaries.
When collecting in the assets of the estate, it is possible that you will need to obtain a Grant of Letters of Administration. This document is the Court’s formal confirmation of your appointment as Administrator and can be obtained on application to the Probate Registry.
Before you begin the process, contact a member of our team who will advise you of who is entitled to administer the estate under the intestacy rules. We will explain the next steps and meet with you to support you through the administration.