Thank you. The fact that the
will was written some years ago is excellent. There is less chance of
contesting it, (particularly in view of the fact that your ex partner committed
suicide) on the basis that she did not have mental capacity to do it or to know
what she was doing. You are the executor of the estate. Another name for the
executor of the estate is the personal representative. You will very often use
the term used and that is what it means.
You are entitled to the
interim death certificate. Unfortunately, you cannot beat the coroner with a
stick you can threaten an application to court for an order for "delivery up". To
be honest, the order should be a formality if you make the application to
court, you will get the order if you produced the will and there is no dispute
over the validity of the will. The coroner is unlikely to contest it so it
would be worthwhile speaking to the coroner and asking whether he would let you
have a copy of the interim death certificate if you got an order from the
court. Please note that this is not threatening type application this is purely
so that his back is covered in the event that the rest of the family start to
kick up a fuss.
I would speak to the coroner
as soon as you can to establish that he would be happy to let you have it on
production of a court order.
You can make an emergency
application to court for an order for delivery up and solicitor makes it and
attaches a certificate of urgency, it could be in court within hours or days,
As an alternative, you can
make the application against whoever actually has the death certificate.
Meanwhile, you are quite
correct in that any joint assets passed to you automatically by right of
Any other assets can probably
be dealt with without probate as these are cash/bank accounts. If the rest of
the family members were to say that they were entitled to this money, than on
the fact you give, they would be committing fraud as they are clearly not
entitled to them. However you are better off trying to head that off at the
pass and to war void them getting hold of the money in the first place and in
that respect, I would go into the bank and tell them that there is an issue
over the death certificate and ask them to freeze the bank accounts because
your partner has died, you do not yet have the death certificate and you
suspect that other family members will be trying to get hold of the money
before you do. Let them see the original will.
If they refuse to freeze the
bank accounts, tell them that you will hold them responsible if any of the
money goes out.
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