Who looks after my estate after I die?

If you die without a Will, the Law decides who will look after your estate.

If you make a Will you can appoint an Executor or Executors who are entrusted with your property and possessions after your death, and who will ensure that your wishes are carried out. It is important to make a Will so that you decide now who this is. If you are married, you may wish to appoint your wife or husband, and many people consider grown up sons or daughters as another obvious choice. Alternatively you may wish to appoint a professional person such as a Solicitor to act as your Executor or to act jointly with your husband or wife or son or daughter.

It is advisable to appoint two Executors as this safeguards your interests should one of the Executors be unable to act.