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Administration of Estates in Respect of Missing Persons

Administration of Estates in Respect of Missing Persons Solicitors York, Wetherby & Malton

There are two options that allow families to deal with the financial affairs of a missing relative. These are provided for in the Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act 2017 and the Presumption of Death Act 2013. We can advise you on the best route to take based on the circumstances and your preferences.

Presumption of Death Act 2013

This Act allows relatives to apply for a court declaration that, for legal purposes, presumes a missing person is dead. If granted by the Court, family members of the missing person can then take steps to administer their estate. Please see our guide on this process for more information.

Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act 2017 

Under this legislation, you can apply to the High Court to be appointed as the guardian of a missing person. If granted, you will have the authority to “stand in the shoes of a missing person” until they return and deal with their property and finances. Please see our guide on this process for more information.

Contact our Specialist Missing Person Team Yorkshire

Our specialist Missing Persons Team are on hand to provide clear, practical advice and support throughout the application process, whether this is under the 2017 or 2013 Act, to ensure you have the best chance of success.

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Elizabeth Dunn Solicitor – Wills & Probate
York Office

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