In this Insurance Institute of London (IIL) Financial Services lecture Andrea Pierce will talk about the changing landscape of estate administration and challenges facing the modern Executor.
In today’s era, the modern Executor is responsible for a plethora of tasks when administering a deceased person’s estate. ‘Probate’ has become synonymous when dealing with these affairs but in reality, this is one small component of the broader estate administration process.
The growing popularity of digital currencies and other digital assets mean Executors are presented with the challenge to think more broadly about one’s assets when administering an estate to ensure the beneficiaries receive all rightful inheritances.
For financial services professionals, these modern advancements post threats to wealth currently under their management. Where an Executor mid-distributes the estate, potentially due to the modern make up of the estate, funds may be required to compensate for the error. However, what estate administration presents to professionals working in the financial services industry is an opportunity not fully considered.
With an ageing population and rising levels of wealth, the UK is set to see substantial growth in the number of inheritances and financial gifts taking place each year. Estate administration is a great facilitator of intergenerational wealth transfer for professionals looking to retain funds under management and grow client bases.