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Question for Land Registry representative re death of vendor

I am hoping for input from the Land Registry representative or anyone else with experience of this situation please.
We have a problem with our chain.  Our chain was almost ready to exchange, but unfortunately the husband vendor (we are buying from a husband and wife) died recently.  
I understand their house was held by them as tenants in common.  They now have the death certificate, and their solicitor is supposed to be sending the death certificate, plus the will, to the Land Registry today and asking for transfer of title from husband and wife to wife only on an expedited basis.
Could I please ask for the likely timescale for the Land Registry to deal with this.  Will it be slower because we are now in holiday season?


  • Grizebeck
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    edited 1 August at 11:25AM
    When I did it for my mum they were done in a few weeks. But they can ask them to expediate it 
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  • TripleH
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    edited 1 August at 11:40AM
    As long as the husband's name on the certificate matches the will and house deeds.
    My daft father used his confirmation name when my parents bought their house but decided to leave this world before it was sold and my mum had endless issues verifying that the paperwork she had was for the man named in the purchase of the property (even with a very uncommon name for the UK).
    That he'd passed away was never a problem.
    If the wife is also an executor of her husband's will that might speed things up a little.

    (I loved my father dearly, he was a clever man and I miss him but that doesn't excuse some of the daft decisions he made).
    May you find your sister soon Helli.
    Sleep well.
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