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Getting Started

The sooner you start to deal with the paperwork of the deceased the better. Even if you plan to turn everything over to a solicitor they would not normally search the deceased's property for evidence of bank accounts, savings etc. unless no-one else was available to do it. You should also take the costs into consideration. Although you are entitled to use the services of a professional and charge it to the estate, if you are also a beneficiary you may not want to pay the inevitable costs involved (around £20 for each letter written and maybe £200 per hour for basic administrative work).

Your initial objectives are twofold. Firstly to build a complete valuation of the estate by valuing all the individual chattels, savings and properties owned by the deceased and subtracting all of the estate's debts. Secondly, to ensure that estate property is safeguarded, unnecessary costs are avoided and that the affairs of those left behind are properly looked after.

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