What if you are not the next of kin?

Not everyone has family or close friends who they can ask to become an executor of a Will or to take other formal responsibility for their affairs.

If someone in this position becomes unwell and is admitted to hospital they will be asked who is their next of kin and they may give the name of a neighbour or friend. Also sometimes people write a Will and name someone as an executor without informing them.

If you find yourself in the situation where you have been contacted by professionals to inform you of a death because they believe you to be the next of kin you do not need to become anxious. Although you may feel honoured that the deceased trusted you, you do not have to take on responsibilities that you feel are inappropriate.

Each set of circumstances is unique so please call us and we can explain what choices you have.

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