• December 9, 2023
 The Gazette seeks insight on its use in court

The Gazette seeks insight on its use in court

Can you help The Gazette with three questions relating to using their notices in court and the importance of their digital signatures?

The Gazette, the UK’s official public record and the home of all deceased estates notices, also known as Section 27 notices, is seeking insight from legal professionals. Please spare a minute to answer the questions, which will help inform website and service improvements.

Firstly, The Gazette team would like to learn how Gazette notices are presented and used as evidence in court. It is assumed that printouts from the website are attached to other prescribed forms. Is this correct, or are they presented in a different way?

Secondly, you may or may not be aware that all of the notices placed in The Gazette have a digital signature, essentially so that an interested party can check that the information is correct and has not been altered. The website contains a tool to carry out this check. We would like to know if you have ever used this facility, or if it would ever be used by a legal professional. The Gazette team understands that digital/electronic signatures are usually used in contracts, and generally Gazette notices are taken to be a statement of fact when submitted as documentary evidence.

Please visit The Gazette’s survey to answer three questions about this topic:

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If you have any further commentary around this, The Gazette team would love to hear from you. Get in touch by emailing customer.services@thegazette.co.uk.

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 a probate solicitor or practitioner appointed to administer a will you want to do the absolute best for your clients. It makes good financial sense to protect them and yourself from unknown creditors by placing a deceased estates notice in The Gazette. It is considered best practice to do so under Clause 28 of the WIQS client charter set out by The Law Society.

Free guide to deceased estates notices for your clients

Get in touch for your free PDF guide to send to clients. It explains what deceased estates notice placement is and the benefits in an easy-to-understand way. Perfect when you are recommending it as part of your probate service. Email to request your free guide today.


What to do when someone dies

If you have reached this page because you’re a named executor of a will and wondering what to do next, then visit The Gazette’s step-by-step guide on what to do when someone dies and download the free checklist.

Why is it important to place 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 legal protection after the estate has been distributed.

Placing a notice

  • 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 would like anonymity – all post will be sent 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 needed
  • Find out more information on how to place a deceased notice on The Gazette website.

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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 help on 0333 200 2434.

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