If you are a deceased person's legal personal representative or a beneficiary of a deceased estate, you should read this chapter to find out about the special CGT rules that apply.
When a person dies, the assets that make up their estate can:
- pass directly to a beneficiary (or beneficiaries) or
- pass directly to their legal personal representative (for example, their executor) who may dispose of the assets or pass them to the beneficiary (or beneficiaries).
A beneficiary is a person entitled to assets of a deceased estate. They can be named as a beneficiary in a will or they can be entitled to the assets as a result of the laws of intestacy (when the person does not make a will).
A legal personal representative can be either:
- the executor of a deceased estate (that is, a person appointed to wind up the estate in accordance with the will) or
- an administrator appointed to wind up the estate if the person does not leave a will.