All beneficiaries must be notified of their inheritance but there is no legal requirement for an official reading of the Will.
The formal “reading of the Will” is a procedure popular in fiction only. Films and novels frequently show a grieving family meeting in a solicitor’s office. The Will is read out by a solicitor in an atmosphere of great expectation, uneasiness and tension accompanied by dramatic music. This is pure fiction.
One of the roles of an Executor is to check the full names and addresses of all the beneficiaries and write to each, enclosing a copy of the Will. If the beneficiary is under the age of 18 the letter must be written to the parent or guardian.
What is the next step?
We strongly recommend a face-to-face meeting with one of our specialist Solicitors who will be able to explain things in greater detail and advise you on what to do next. The initial meeting will be free of charge and will explain the assistance we can provide to administer the estate as effectively and efficiently as possible.
We can write to the beneficiaries and ensure you discharge your responsibilities as an Executor correctly, efficiently and properly.