The act, by the personal representative ( of a deceased person's estate, of transferring a legacy (, or all or part of the residuary estate ( , to a beneficiary ( .

An assent should only take place once the personal representative is satisfied that:

  • The beneficiary is entitled to the legacy or share in the residuary estate.

  • The estate has sufficient funds to meet it.

  • The beneficiary is able to give a valid receipt.

An assent establishes the beneficiary's title to the asset or assets in question. An assent of a legal estate ( must be given in writing (section 36(4), Administration of Estates Act 1925). A written assent is not essential for other assets, but is desirable because it confirms the date on which the beneficiary becomes the owner.

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