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I am sorry to sorry to hear of your loss. Is your Father's wife still alive?
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For Aston lawyer yes my father's wife is still alive.
Thanks for your reply.
You do really need to speak to your Father's wife to establish if he made a Will or not. Unfortunately, there is no central record of Wills and word of mouth is therefore required to establish if a Will is in existence or not.
A Will is a private document, which can only be viewed by the beneficiaries, until such time as Probate has been issued (Probate is normally required where an Estate is valued at over £5-10,000). Once Probate has been issued the general public can apply to Leeds Probate Registry for a copy, for a nominal fee.
If there is no Will, then your Father's wife is classed as next of kin, and his Estate is distributed in accordance with the intestacy Rules (meaning she would eceive the first £250,000 and all of his possessions).
I hope this assists but please let me know if you require any further information.
For Aston lawyer being my father's children does that entitle us to anything maybe not mentioned in the will?
If your Father made a Will, then only those persons named in the Will are entitled to benefit.
If he did not make a Will, as surviving children, you would only be entitled to anything if his Estate were valued at over £250,000. Under the Intestacy Rules, the Estate is distributed as follows-
first £250,000 and personal possessions to his wife.
The remainder of the estate will be shared as follows:the wife gets a life interest in half of the remainder
the other half is then divided equally between the surviving children.
I hope this helps.