If so, it will contain the name of an Executor – the legal term for the person responsible for dealing with everything the deceased used to own (“the Estate”). The Executor will pay, from the Estate, all the deceased’s debts, taxes and expenses including the cost of the funeral.
If there was no Will, the next of kin will usually be appointed to administer the Estate – they will be known as the “Administrators”. All the deceased’s possessions will pass to the next of kin, according to strict legal rules which apply in these circumstances. The legal rules will determine which of the next of kin are entitled to benefit from the Estate and in what proportions.