Areas of Law / Wills and Probate

A friend is going to be left a property that she doesn’t want in a will. Does she have to accept it?

No. Beneficiaries of a will are entitled to refuse a gift. If she writes to the executors turning it down they will be obliged to either transfer the property to the residuary beneficiaries or sell it and put the proceeds into the residuary fund: in other words the money will go to beneficiaries who receive what’s left of the estate once specific gifts have been distributed. It would probably be a good idea for your friend to tell the owner of the property at this stage that she doesn’t want it.

What our clients say about our lawyers

Very useful and professional advice, thank you.

Another Happy Customer

Read More

About Us

Leading legal advisors, problem solvers – all round good guys! We’re firm believers in a practical, no nonsense approach to law. Forget the jargon, we like to keep it simple – why complicate matters? No stress, no worry, just straightforward solutions to your legal issues. Free legal advice at your fingertips, from the experts to your inbox. is owned and operated by Farleys Solicitors LLP, a member of The Law Society and is regulated in the practice of law by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Registration No: 484687. Any advice given on this site or in response to any question is only applicable to the law of England and Wales.

Privacy Policy | Terms