The Gazette launches free deceased estates notice guide

The Gazette launches free deceased estates notice guide

The Gazette, the UK’s Official Public Record, is reaching out to probate practitioners to offer a free deceased estates notice placement guide which can be passed on to clients.

The short guide has been created to provide information to solicitors’ clients, to explain, in an easy-to-understand format, what deceased estates notice placement is and the benefits. Probate practitioners can request a PDF or printed copies, which can form part of a client information pack or simply sent on to explain why deceased estates notice placement is being recommended.

Deceased estates notice placement, also known as Section 27 placement, can protect the executor of a will and personal representatives from any financial claims to the estate after it has been distributed. After two months the estate can be administered with confidence that every effort has been made to locate any unknown creditors or beneficiaries. Notice placement also shows compliance with Clause 28 in the Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS) accreditation guidelines.

Ben Davies, Partner and Head of Wills, Trusts and Probate Team at Prince Evans Solicitors LLP, has been one of the first to review the guide and says:

“I really like having a leaflet that can be provided to clients (lay executors, beneficiaries and family members of the deceased’s estate) to support our reasoning behind the placement of s.27 Trustee Act Notices. The leaflet is well written, informative and to the point; a very succinct piece.”

Janine Eves, Business and Operations Director for The Gazette says:

“We strive to continue to provide an excellent notice placement experience for our authorised deceased estates notice placers. We have identified that we can do more to support these important customers earlier on during the decision-making process, which is where the new guide can help. The Gazette team hopes this will be of benefit to both notice placers and their clients alike.”

Gazette notice placement is easy; simply create an account and submit your notice online. The Gazette can also arrange local newspaper advertisements to complement the notice.

To receive your free PDF guide, or to request some printed versions, send an email to [email protected]

This article was submitted to be published by the Gazette as part of their advertising agreement with Today’s Wills and Probate. The views expressed in this article are those of the submitter and not those of Today’s Wills and Probate.

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Place deceased estates notices in The Gazette

As an executor of a will you want to do the very best for your clients, so it makes financial sense to protect them and yourself from unknown creditors by placing a deceased estates notice in The Gazette

Individual digital footprints are growing, leaving uncertainty about outstanding hidden debts and creditors. Deceased estates notice placement (also known as a Section 27 of the Trustee Act 1925 notice) allows you to advertise for any unknown creditors or beneficiaries to come forward and make a claim against the estate.

The Gazette is the UK’s official public record, which is recognised legally as giving notice to all persons under the Documentary Evidence Act 1882 and therefore offers protection after the estate has been distributed.

Placing notices

  • Create an account as an authorised notice placer and you can place a notice using our online form for convenience
  • Use our PO Box address if you’d like to retain anonymity – all post will be forwarded on to you
  • The Gazette can also arrange a local newspaper advert for added peace of mind
  • Multiple notices can be uploaded at the same time if required

Find out more information on how to place a deceased notice on The Gazette website and watch our video below.

Missing wills/next of kin notices

It is also possible to place next of kin notices in The Gazette, which can assist with searching for beneficiaries when the deceased has not left a will. To place a next of kin notice please contact us. Our customer services team is on hand to provide assistance on 0333 200 2434.


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