by alice123  12/01/2018  1 Comments  143 Page Views
Wills, probate, letters of administration, powers of attorney
Basic question but how exactly do letters of administration work?

My understanding is that the person who holds this acts as an executor of the estate but is there any oversight? For example, what is to stop them hiding and/or withholding part of the estate from one/more beneficiaries? How can the beneficiaries know if they recieved what was legally due to them?

Additionally, what happens to bills and debts while letters of administration are being applied for? For example, who pays the mortgage repayments, insurance premiums .etc? What if say, contents insurance was cancelled due to non-payment and home contents were damaged? Can someone else who does not hold letters of administration request to pay bills on behalf of the deceased to continue services until the letters can be granted and ownership transferred?