The only people who can apply for probate and are legally entitled to deal with someone’s affairs (administer their estate) after a death has occurred are known as
(Beneficiaries named in a will are not entitled to administer an estate unless the executors have passed away or renounce their executorship).
Next of kin are entitled in the following order:
A surviving member of any of the above classes excludes all members in the classes lower in the table.
They must proceed according to the Rules of Intestacy.
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