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No access to deceased’s estate without Administration Letter, Lagos warns


The Lagos State Government has advised residents to start the process of getting Letters of Administration after the demise of their loved ones who died intestate.

Its Administrator-General Omotola Rotimi said without a Letter of Administration, beneficiaries cannot have access to the estate of such late relatives or take possession of any of the properties of the deceased.

Speaking on Your Side Mirror, a Traffic Radio programme, Mrs. Rotimi noted that the government was not satisfied with the attitude of most residents to the document.

Mrs. Omotola Rotimi

She described a Letter of Administration as a legal authority granted to either the deceased’s next of kin or the Administrator-General to administer the property of a person who died without a will.

According to her, the belief by some residents that it was difficult to obtain the document, was a misconception.

The Administrator-General advised them to start processing the letter after they lose their loved one intestate.

Mrs. Rotimi said: “The Letter of Administration also allows beneficiaries to gain access to wealth of the deceased, especially from financial institutions and insurance companies.

“Those who do not have the means or who do not know how to go about the Letter of Administration can contact the office of the Administrator-General and Public Trustees under the Ministry of Justice at Block 3, Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja or call the office landline on 01 4531820 for necessary assistance.”

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