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Administration of Estates

Administration of estates refers to management and settlement of estates of an intestate. Intestate is a person who dies without a legal will. Administration of estates is usually done under court supervision by appointing a person duly qualified and legally appointed.

The rules of intestacy then provide that if the deceased is married with no children, the surviving spouse gets the entire estate.

If the deceased is married with children, two thirds of the assets of the estate pass to the surviving spouse and one third to be distributed amongst the children.

If the deceased dies a widow or widower and their are no children of the marriage, the deceased’s estate will pass to the deceased’s surviving parent or parents or, if both are deceased, then the estate will pass to the siblings. The rules of intestacy also provide for other possible situations.

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