Probably a daft question, but you just never know on here.
Anyone ever inherited anything from an Irish relative and knows roughly how all the red tape works? I just have, apparently, and knowing from experience just how ridiculous our legal system can be, and also knowing that the Irish one can be even more ridiculous, wondered if anyone has had the experience to give some general notes.
Obviously not looking for legal advice, just any voice of experience?
from that in the UK. Your relative's will must be 'proved' by the Probate Office, and once that has happened the executor(s) may dispose of the estate according to your relative's wishes.
If there was a spouse, and he or she is living then he or she is entitled to what is called a 'legal right share' of the estate, and the executor must ensure it is awarded, whether or not your relative mentioned it in the will. If there were no children of the marriage the spouse is entitled to half the estate, or a third if there were children. The children of a marriage are not necessarily entitled to any of the estate.
Presumably there is an executor; if there isn't you might want to seek advice from a solicitor. What I've said above is my understanding as a layperson, I'm not a qualified legal adviser, and nor is anyone else in the forum.
Yes there is executor, I had letter out of the blue from solicitor, as my uncle died a few months ago. I was at the funeral, but never gave any thought to inheritance. I expect it is just fill out the forms as sent by sillysitter, and see what happens. Thanks folks.
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