Where personal representatives transfer land to a beneficiary, the purchase deed takes the form of an assent; and if they sell land to a third party, the purchase deed will be a transfer1. One exception to the rule that a legal estate can only be conveyed by a deed2 is an assent by personal representatives which must be in writing but need not be by deed unless it contains a covenant by the assentee, for example for indemnity in respect of restrictive covenants3.
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