There are a number of things that family and friends need to do immediately following a death. Firstly, you will need to ensure that the death is registered. The medical certificate stating the cause of death will need to be registered at the Registry Office of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships for the district where the person died. You will also need to ensure that the deceased’s home and possessions are safe. If the person who has died lived alone, the relatives or friends should go to his or her home as soon as possible after the death to secure the premises, and if possible to contact the insurers to make sure that adequate home and contents cover is in place. These matters are often dealt with by family and friends, but we can help with some or all of these matters too if you wish us to.
Administration of Estates - Probate Law Services
Losing a loved one is obviously an extremely emotional and difficult time. You may also be feeling daunted at the task that lies before you in arranging a loved one’s affairs. You can rely on our expertise and compassion to make a very difficult time that little bit easier. We can help you with arrangements and paperwork — a helping hand when you need it most.
It is not essential to find the will before the funeral. However, it is best to find it as soon as possible following the death so that any expressions as to funeral wishes are considered and the executors informed. We can put you in touch with local funeral directors and also discuss ways of paying for the funeral expenses.
You may not be able to find a will made by the deceased. We can help with further searches for the will and explain what to do if the person is intestate (which means that the estate will be dealt with in accordance with the law rather than the terms of any will).
The executors appointed in a will have to deal with the estate of the deceased and will need to collect in all the assets of the estate, pay out any liabilities and, if necessary, report to HM Revenue & Customs and arrange for an application to the Probate Registry to allow the executors to act.
The wealth of correspondence and paperwork can take a lot of time to deal with, even with a simple estate and the executors need to adopt a business-like approach which can be difficult at such an emotional time.
The first task is to gather information regarding the deceased and the assets owned by them. A checklist of the documents to look for before meeting with us is available and we can then deal with all of the correspondence on your behalf.
We have many years of experience in dealing with the administration of estates — from the smallest and most straightforward, to complex and high value estates.