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Probate at last!


The process of sorting out my mother’s will is finally drawing to an end.

She died in early June at the age of 103 (a month short of 104) and my sister and I have had the job of acting as the executors of her will. This has been a long-winded process, with much of the time taken up waiting for various organisations to respond to our enquiries about the various accounts that Mother held, some of which had not been touched in decades!

I was eventually able to make the formal application for Probate last week and fully expected to have to wait another couple of months for it to be granted. However, I heard this morning that everything is fine and that the official document will be in our hands by the end the week.

At last we will be able to start paying out the legacies to Mother’s various grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and selling her flat, which has been empty ever since Mother had to go into hospital back in the Spring.

I do so like it when things work out!

  • Have you ever had to act as the executor to a will?

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  • If you have, did everything go smoothly?

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    • Towards the end of her life, Mother was not enjoying being alive. She had always been active and had lived in her own flat, looking after herself, until well after her 103rd birthday. A fall, followed by a long hospital stay and a final few months in a care home, were a form of torture to her, and we all thought she was fully aware that there was only one conclusion, which she welcomed.

      It is difficult to feel sad when a life has been lived for so long, and in such contentment.

  1. You talked about your dear mother’s death in another forum and you were wondering what music to play at the funeral.

    Happy you are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. These things do take ages.

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