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My client is the seller - but the buyer has died. Where do I serve the notice to complete?

I am acting for sellers in a conveyancing transaction and have exchanged contracts. The buyer has now unfortunately died and I must serve a notice to complete. Where do I serve the notice?

If it is necessary to serve a notice to complete in a situation where the delay is caused by the death of one of the contracting parties, the notice should be addressed to the deceased and his personal representatives at the deceased’s last known address. A further copy of the notice should be served on the Public Trustee.

For more information, see the Law Society’s Conveyancing Handbook (24th edition) which is available from the Law Society’s online bookshop.

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Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this article, it does not constitute legal advice and cannot be relied upon as such. The Law Society does not accept any responsibility for liabilities arising as a result of reliance upon the information given.

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