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27-Aug-2013 15:32:18
Who administers the estate in absence of Will?

In the absence of a Will, there is no person appointed to act as executor of the estate. When this is the case, the court appoints an administrator to manage the estate. There are legal rules which helps identify which next of kin is responsible for this job. The order is as follows:

1. Husband, wife or registered civil partner of the deceased
2. Children of the deceased (if unmarried or divorced with children under 18 the surviving parent is responsible)
3. Grandchildren
4. The parents of the deceased
5. The brothers and sisters (whole blood) of the deceased.
6. The children of brothers and sisters of the whole blood of the deceased (nieces/nephews)
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