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Hello again Clare
You kindly answered my question last week, and this also relates to my Mum's death.
Through the trust set up under her will, I am charged with several responsibilities relating to her property, but cannot get the trustees, her solicitors, to answer openly as to when these provisions commence under law. Obviously I want to adhere to the legalities, and so need to know when the will's provisions are regarded as in force - is it immediately after a death, once it is registered, or not until probate is granted?
Insuring, maintaining and funding the house bills. Looking after the family pets! All this on pain of having my home sold from under me if I lapse.
The care of the pets is not an issue, I love them.
Sorry to be slow on the uptake, but does this mean that my claim on the house began immediately as it is clearly stated in the will, or only after probate? The reason I ask is that I need to change my own will to accommodate the altered situation, and need to ensure that its provisions are not in conflict. For example, if I were to die in an accident before probate, would that nullify my legacy?
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX what I needed to know, as there is no timescale given, just the words 'shall survive me'.
Thanks again for you help - it has been so helpful at this unsettled time.