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Ash scattering is a part of the job

The life of a solicitor is never dull but it can be depressing, says Russell Conway

30 January 2014

Being a partner in a small firm of solicitors means that I am sometimes made an executor of a client's will. That in itself is no problem but occasionally it can be a depressing task.

Rummaging around in a dead person's flat seeking out the all-important bank statements, insurance policies and other important documents can be a lonely job; all the trappings of a happy and fulfilled lifestyle sadly cut short - sometimes in their prime. Often there is nobody else available to do this - or if they could they are in another country, or too old or ill to assist.

Lawyers know what to look for. I have an uncanny homing instinct as to where these documents will be. In these cases there is often a funeral to attend. It is usually a cremation as clients are increasingly wary of expensive burials and relatives often do not have the funds to afford a lavish burial ceremony.

Cremations can be a bit grim. The relatives, if there are any, but more of that later), s...

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