If you’re the Executor or Administrator of a deceased person’s Estate, you should consider placing a Deceased Estates Notice with The Gazette, which is the UK’s official public record; and also put a notice in the local newspapers.
The reason for doing this is that it will alert potential creditors of your intention to distribute the Estate to the beneficiaries. This gives creditors (meaning people or organisations to whom the deceased owed money) the chance to come forward and make a claim. This will show that you have done all that is reasonably possible to find creditors of the Estate.
You aren’t under a legal obligation to place a Deceased Estates Notice, but if you fail to do so, you could put yourself at risk. This is because if you distribute the Estate and a creditor then comes forward, you could be found personally responsible. You may therefore have to pay the debt from you own pocket.
With our Probate Complete Service we take full responsibility for getting the Grant of Probate and dealing with the Legal, Tax (excl VAT), Property and Estate Administration affairs*.
* We can also pay all the costs of a Co-op Funeralcare funeral, providing the Estate has sufficient assets which can be sold in due course to repay our costs.
How to Place a Deceased Estates Notice
The best thing to do is to register with The Gazette, then decide whether you’d like to place a notice in The Gazette, or The Gazette and the newspapers local to the deceased’s property. The price will vary, depending on what you choose.
You then need to:
- Go to the ‘My Gazette’ dropdown menu and select ‘Place a notice’
- Choose which edition of The Gazette you’d like the notice to appear in
- Select ‘Personal Legal’ and ‘Deceased’s Estate’
- Complete the form
- Submit the notice and pay
The notices should stay in place for 60 days. Creditors have two months and one day to come forward and make their claim.
Help with Deceased Estates Notice
When you instruct our Probate Solicitors to deal with Probate and the administration of the Estate on your behalf, we will publish these notices as part of our Probate Complete Service. This means that you won’t need to worry about placing the notices yourself, and you won’t have to find out which newspapers are local to the deceased’s property – we will do all this for you.
If the notices have remained in place for 60 days and no creditors have made a claim, we can then distribute the Estate to the beneficiaries. If creditors do come forward, we will advise you on what course of action to take next.
For free initial advice and guidance call our Probate Advisors on 03306069584 or contact us online and we will help you.