Assent

The act, by the personal representative ( www.practicallaw.com/resource.do?item=:42617136) of a deceased person's estate, of transferring a legacy ( www.practicallaw.com/resource.do?item=:45310946), or all or part of the residuary estate ( www.practicallaw.com/4-382-6280) , to a beneficiary ( www.practicallaw.com/9-382-5565) .

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 ( www.practicallaw.com/9-381-1196) 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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