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Jeweller dies who works from home Has customers jewellery

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Jeweller dies who works from home
Has customers jewellery on hand.
Jewllery stolen by burglars
Can the Estate be held liable for something beyond deceased's control ?

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christhelawyer : If the jeweller was negligent in looking after the customers jewellery, and in addition there are specific duties to look after their items, called bailment, which breathe duties of care, these pass to the estate. So the customers can make a claim against the estate. I assume there was no insurance, which would also cover these items.
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Hi Chris the Lawyer,

this is now work in progress & I have advised the Estate to decline all
claims from jewellers, as the deceased or the family can hardly be negligent
based on further research I have completed.
Should we have further enquires or accusation, I will revert & come back to

My Regards,

If he had insurance for the business, this would still apply after he dies, until the policy goes to the renewal date.

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