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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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ico2Blog: Legal Services Board calls for will-writing industry regulation

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has called for sweeping regulation of the will-writing industry after finding systematic problems with the services offered by solicitors and other providers.

The LSB oversees the regulation of lawyers across England and Wales. It was commenting after investigation by the Legal Services Consumer Panel.

ico9Community: 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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