The person appointed to manage an Estate when there isn’t a Will, or when the Executor is unable, or unwilling, to act. The administrator can also be referred to as the deceased's personal representative. This person is normally a family member or close friend of the deceased.
A person who’s entitled to receive money or property from a Will or intestacy.
A person entitled to receive funds or property under a Will or intestacy
Confirmation of the Estate
In Scotland, this is the legal document obtained from the court after a death. It’s the equivalent to the Grant of Probate obtained in England and Wales.
The Death Certificate is a legal document issued by the Registrar when a person dies. It’s a copy of the signed entry in the death register, and confirms the date, cause, and location of death.
This is the total value of everything an individual owns, such as money, property and possessions, and everything that’s registered in their name, less any debts.
This is the person named in a Will, who carries out the wishes outlined in that Will.
Grant of Probate (GOP)
This is an official document that confirms the Will is valid together with the names of the Executors who are legally entitled to administer the Estate and to follow its wishes.
The tax paid to HMRC on the deceased’s Estate when the value of the estate exceeds a certain amount.
This term is used when someone dies without making a valid Will.
A specific gift or monetary gift made in a Will.
Letters of Administration / Grant of Letters of Administration
An official court document that proves you have the authority to deal with the deceased’s Estate. This allows the personal representative the right to manage the Estate when there’s no Will.
Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD)
When someone dies, a doctor involved in their care completes a medical certificate of cause of death. It details the cause of death and you need it to register the death. The Death Certificate will be given to you after the death has been registered.
Next of Kin (NOK)
This is normally the surviving spouse or children.
If there's no Will, it's the responsibility of the next of kin to administer and distribute the deceased's Estate according to the laws of intestacy.
The person responsible for dealing with the Estate of someone who’s died, either the Executor, administrator or the next of kin.
Power of Attorney
A power of attorney is a legal document where someone appoints a person to act on their behalf or represent them to plan for the future. It's drawn up when you have the capacity to do so.
It gives another person, known as the attorney, the authority to deal with aspects of your affairs. This could relate to financial/property matters and/or personal welfare.
There are different types of power of attorney, and they differ between England and Wales and Northern Ireland and Scotland, so you need to be aware of that.
This refers to the legal right to deal with a deceased person’s affairs. It’s sometimes called ‘administering the Estate’.
The name of the public body responsible for issuing grants of probate and grants of letters of administration. There are local District Probate Registries around the UK.
An individual given control or powers of administration of property in trust with a legal obligation to administer it solely for the purposes specified.
A legally binding document signed by a person, which states what they would like to happen to their assets/Estate when they die. This may also contain wishes about their funeral or who they want to look after any young children they may leave behind.