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Glossary

Administrator

(Estate Administrator) A person legally appointed to manage and distribute a deceased person’s estate when he/she has left no will.

Apostille

(Legalisation) An apostille or legalisation is an additional authentication of notarised documents, certifying their authenticity and making them legal or lawful at an international level.

Executor

A person or institution appointed by an individual to carry out the terms of his/her Will.

Genealogy

Genealogy is the study and investigation of family history. This involves tracing lines of descent from common ancestors to living members of a family.

Grant

(Grant of Probate and Grant of Letters of Administration)
a) A Grant of Probate is a legal document allowing the executor of an estate to collect/distribute the deceased’s assets according to his/her Will.

b) A Grant of Letters of Administration is a legal document allowing the administrator to collect/distribute the deceased’s assets when there is no Will.

Intestate

When a person dies without having made a Will describing how they want their property to be disposed.

Next-of-Kin

The next-of-kin represent the closest family members of a deceased person able to make a claim on their estate. This relationship is defined by law and depends on the jurisdiction of the estate. Please see our genealogical tree chart for a graphical explanation of family relationships.

Notarise

(Notarize): The act of certifying the authenticity of a document, contract, signature, etc, as a notary public.

Power of Attorney

A Power of Attorney is a legal document granting a person or persons the authority to act for another person in legal or financial matters.

Will

(Testament)
A written document that outlines how a person wishes to have their property and personal possessions distributed at the time of their death

 

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