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Hi, thanks for your question. My name's XXXXX XXXXX I'm going to assist you with it.
If you don't wish to act as an executor from the outset (and the person who appointed you is already deceased) you can attend the offices of a local solicitor to sign a deed of renunciation, which the solicitor will prepare for you.
As this is a deed, the signature will need to be independently witnessed.
I hope that's helpful.
Can you give me an appropriate form of words
Thanks for your reply. Unfortunately providing draft wording is outside the scope of this service but a straightforward deed of renunciation can usually be provided by a solicitor on a fixed fee basis of around £100 plus VAT.
If you need to find a local solicitor that deals with probate matters, please find a link to the Law Society's find a solicitor tool that provides a search based on location and specialism.