- Jennifer Seymour, Jennifer SeymourTeaching Associate in Legal Practice, University of Sheffield
- Clare Firth, Clare FirthSenior Lecturer in Legal Practice, University of Sheffield
- Lucy Crompton, Lucy CromptonFreelance Legal Academic
- Helen Fox,
- Frances Seabridge, Frances SeabridgeTeaching Fellow in Law at Aston University
- Susan Wigglesworth
- and Elizabeth SmartElizabeth SmartHead of Law, Sheffield Hallam University
This chapter provides an overview of Chapters 13 to 15. When a person dies, their relatives or friends usually deal with the most pressing matters—registering the death and arranging the funeral—before consulting a solicitor. In simple cases, or where the deceased has left little property, it may well be that a solicitor is not consulted at all. Commonly, however, the advice of a solicitor will be sought as to who is entitled to the deceased’s property, as to the liability of the estate to tax, and generally as to ‘what has to be done’ in order to pass the deceased’s property to those now entitled to it.