An appointed Executor has a duty to investigate and accurately report the value of the estate at the date of death. To remove an Executor is a difficult task and mostly considered in circumstances of insanity and lack of ability due to physical or mental disability or being absent from the UK for a period of at least six months or having disappeared for a similar period. A recent case considered some of the issues with Executor behaviour.
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When a family member dies, it is a stressful and upsetting time. Recently, we have seen more cases dealing with the estate of someone who has passed away become contentious and on occasion reach court.
A recent Brisbane Supreme Court decision in Australia held that a draft text message could be accepted as an official Will.
The parents of young children or the carers of vulnerable adults can often feel overwhelmed by the thought of planning for the future or making their own Will. However, a well drafted Will, Power of Attorney or Personal Injury Trust Deed could ensure the long-term protection of a vulnerable person and the preservation of means tested benefits.