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Shares / estate / nominee account

When executors are dealing with the estate of a deceased person, and that person held paper share certificates, I'm sure there's an option for some of the shares to be transferred to one of the beneficiaries, should they wish to take them instead of the shares being sold and them receiving the cash. If the shares are held electronically in a nominee account, is that option still available?

Also, I'm struggling to understand why anybody would want to take shares. Why wouldn't they just take the cash and then, if they want to invest in shares, buy the shares they want? Is there some advantage that I haven't thought of?

Thanks in advance for your advice.


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