WIQS—estate administration protocol
WIQS—estate administration protocol

The following Wills & Probate guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • WIQS—estate administration protocol

In general, a practice will receive notification of a death and a request to deal with an estate administration by telephone or someone calling into the office. Before accepting instructions, it is prudent to consider a number of factors. The result may well be that the practice cannot accept instructions and it is best to invest a little time in ascertaining the estate situation before being committed to something the practice is really not equipped to deal with.

The protocol in WIQS goes a little beyond the instruction stage but each of the factors considered should, at the least, be factored into the practitioners' mind at the earliest possible stage in the administration.

  1.1 Insolvency  
  1.1.1 Consider whether it is necessary to carry out a 'bankruptcy only' search at the Land Charges Department (Form K16) against all the names the deceased used  
  1.1.2 where there is a chance that the estate will be insolvent, consider if it is