Estate Administration

When someone close to you dies, whether family or a close friend, it’s a time of shock and dealing with the unexpected, as well as your own feelings of grief and loss.

You’re catapulted into thinking about organising a funeral, whether it will be a cremation or burial and how to organise the day, and then you also need to think about the Will and all the ramifications of dealing with the estate.

This information provides an overview to help you if you’re doing some preplanning, or organising a funeral of a family member or close friend.

We’ll guide you through the steps you need to take from the time of your loved one’s death through to their funeral.

Most of this information, however, focuses on what happens with the Will and the estate. There’s information for executors, trustees and beneficiaries as well as material about claims against an estate, dealing with small estates and what happens when there’s no Will. We’ve also covered some topics, such as asset planning, that beneficiaries of the estate may find useful.

We’ve provided a checklist of what to bring to the first appointment with the estate’s lawyer, as well as a step-by-step guide on clearing up the estate.

The death of a family member or close friend is a very emotional time. Even if the death wasn’t sudden, you have to work through grief and, often, a major change in your life. We hope this information helps to explain the processes and procedures around the death of a family member or close friend, gives some advice about organising a funeral and guides you through what to do
in dealing with their estate.



Please contact Tina McLennan or Jo McLennan for more information.