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Give parents of the deceased rights to administer estate if inheritor is a minor

Submitted by Carla Davies on Thursday 7th December 2023

Published on Tuesday 30th January 2024

Current status: Open

Open until: Tuesday 30th July 2024

Current Signatures: 15
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Give parents of the deceased rights to administer estate if inheritor is a minor

Petition Details

Where the person entitled to inherit, and therefore apply to administer the estate of someone who has died, is a minor, we want the Government to make it so that it is the deceased's parents, and not the parent or guardian responsible for the child, who is entitled to apply to administer the estate.

Additional Information

If someone doesn’t have a surviving partner then their child or children will be entitled to inherit the whole estate, and will also be entitled to apply to administer the estate of the deceased. If any child or children are a minor at the time their parent dies then their parent or guardian is responsible for administration of the estate, for the use and benefit of the child. We want this to change, so that in these cases it is the parents of the deceased who are entitled to administer the estate. We believe this would better reflect familial bonds, and in many cases the personal desires of the deceased.


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