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10 Wills and Probate
When a person dies, someone has to deal with their affairs and decide what will happen to the things they owned.
This leaflet explains what the law says about how this should happen.
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Dealing with someone's affairs when they die is often distressing. But it can also seem difficult and confusing. This can be made worse by unusual words and expressions that are used to describe who does what and the procedures when someone dies. See 'Terms used in wills and probate matters' for an explanation of many of these words.
This leaflet is published by the Legal Services Commission (LSC). It was written in association with Paul Elmhirst, a solicitor specialising in wills and probate.
Leaflet version: July 2007
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