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Auf Wiedersehen, pet

A sudden death means executors could find all sorts of animals – dead or alive – during a property clearance, says Sofia Tayton

28 October 2013

With our work, you never know what will happen from one day to the next, as a recent matter proved. It presented ?all sorts of practical difficulties and ?there were plenty of lessons learned.

Our client died suddenly, naming the firm as executors. He lived alone with his pets. There was family but no one knew how to contact any of them. He owned a property, worked, and, on the face of his will, was very organised.

But nothing is as straightforward as it seems and we performed all the below tasks for this one case.

1. Collect medical certificate and register death

Obtaining the medical certificate was straightforward. However, there were two dates of birth recorded on official systems, and no one knew which one was correct. Before the death could be registered - and the inquest set in motion as cause of death was not ?known - we needed to find out this importan...

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