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The Freedom of Information Act 2000 applies to public authorities in England & Wales (there is equivalent legislation for Scotland). The solicitors will not be public bodies, so FoI will not apply to them. The only public body will be Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS). They will have discharged their normal obligations through publishing ...


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The practice of requiring the executor of a deceased estate to post a financial bond against any malpractice in finalising the person's affairs continues to this day in some jurisdictions. This statement comes from Nova Scotia (Canada) Why is a bond required when a person dies without a will? When a person dies without a Will or when there is no ...


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The first Campbell in this document is a man with the initials of "S.A." and close family or personal ties to Ida W. Smith. You can tell that S.A. Campbell is a man because in the second image the clerk has edited all of the pre-printed plural language to read as singular masculine. The signature could easily be mistaken as "L.A.," but as @CRSouser mentioned ...


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The concept of next of kin has no definition in English law except in terms of the relatively recent Mental Health Act. So I would suggest some caution before attaching too much importance to this use of "only". I understand letters of administration would have been used if there was no will, or if the named executors of the will had died or were not able ...


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The reason for a delayed probate like this, will be that (a) the family originally saw no reason to get probate (in 1871) but (b) they discovered something, or something happened to change their mind (circa 1911) that required probate. It might be, for instance, that in about 1911, someone discovered a bank account in Ann's name and the bank required probate ...


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