Dealing with a loved one's estate
Posted on 15th January 2019 at 14:48
When a loved one passes away, there can be so much to do it can be overwhelming. MG Legal, local solicitors for Wills (and Probate!), have put together a list of useful information to remember, and things that you need to try and do for your loved one.
1. Register the Death
You will usually need to arrange an appointment at your local Register Office, which should last around 30 minutes. You will need to take with you the following documents:-
The Medical Certificate – this shows the cause of death, and is usually signed by a Doctor or a coroner, if the death is unexpected, unexplained or if the cause of death is unknown.
NHS Medical Card
If any of the above are not available, then don’t worry – you can contact the Register Office for advice on what to do.
2. Tell us Once
The Government have tried their best to assist when a person passes away, and there is now a Tell Us Once service, which allows the loved one of the deceased to contact the Government with all the relevant information, and they will then contact all individual Government agencies (including HMRC, Department for Work and Pensions, Passport Office, DVLA, the local council and Veterans UK, if applicable) to inform them that the deceased has passed away. This saves you from having to contact everyone separately!
They will require the following information relating to the deceased, so make sure you have it on-hand so save you multiple ‘phone calls:-
Date of Birth
National Insurance Number
Driving Licence Number
Vehicle Registration Number
Details of any benefits or entitlements they were getting, such as a State Pension
Details of any local council services, such as a Blue Badge
The name and address of their next of kin
The name and address of the surviving spouse or partner
The name, address and contact details of the person dealing with their estate (which can be their next of kin, or surviving spouse)
Details of any other Pensions they may be getting, or they were paying into
If the Tell Us Once service is not available in your local area, as it is not currently available everywhere in the UK (including Manchester and Liverpool, which are areas close to your local solicitors for Wills), unfortunately you might have to contact each individual agency. It is, however, worth chatting to your local council to see whether there is a service they offer.
3. Banks and other Financial Organisations
The next step would be to contact the deceased’s bank(s) or building societies. Now, the bank may require a Grant of Probate (see local solicitors for Will’s blog, here), or they may not. If you need assistance obtaining a Grant of Probate, MG Legal offer a fixed fee of £500 plus VAT, and can discuss your situation in a free-initial consultation. If you want to arrange an appointment at your nearest office, or a home visit when it’s convenient for you, contact our offices on 01772 783 314 (Preston), 01995 602 129 (Garstang) or 01524 581 306 (Lancaster) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Check your financial position
If you are the spouse of the deceased, you may be entitled to Bereavement Support Payments or Tax, Benefit or Pension changes. Contact the DWP (Department for Work and Pensions) or the Tax Office to find out what help you can get.
5. Check the Deceased’s Estate
Now, as mentioned earlier, in order to deal with a person’s estate, you may need a Grant of Probate. Your local solicitors for Wills, MG Legal, can help you with this application. However, it is firstly important to confirm whether the deceased had a Will. If not, the application is not a Grant of Probate one. Contact MG Legal’s expert team by email on email@example.com to see what is involved with this process.
If the deceased did have a Will, and once the Grant of Probate has been obtained, you may need to pay any inheritance tax (see our blog, here), gather the deceased’s assets (i.e. money, sale proceeds from any property), pay off any debts and distribute the assets to the beneficiaries of the Will.
For advice on how to deal with a deceased’s estate, contact MG Legal. We offer fixed fees and free-initial half hour consultations to help you deal with matters.
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