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Estate Planning

Estate Planning

Welcome to FindLaw's Estate Planning section, where you can find no-nonsense information about writing a will, administering an estate, intestacy and much more. Regardless of whether you're a beneficiary, trustee, executor, testator, or settlor, you've come to the right place.

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Blog: European Union to make law requiring publication of wills

The European Union is considering introducing a new law that would force citizens to disclose information such as details of their wills, as well as other private and financial information.

The change in the law is designed to prevent money laundering, but it is feared it could lead to individuals being required to keep a large amount of additional paperwork relating to their financial affairs.

Community: Next of kin

Question: A friend of mine's father has just died after a year-long illness. His father has a wife whom he separated from some 10 years ago but did not divorce, the wife has given my friend power of attorney over his father's assets. However, the coroner insists she needs to be contacted, even though he doesn't know where she lives. Where does my friend stand?

Discussion: If a legal will exists, the person who deals with the estate is called the 'executor', but if there is no will or an invalid will, the person who deals with the estate is called the 'administrator'. Administrators usually have to be appointed by the court. There is no legal 'next of kin'.

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