It is a difficult time when somebody dies - there is a lot to sort out and paperwork to be completed. After obtaining a death certificate it should be established whether or not the deceased left a Will as this will determine how the deceased's estate should be distributed and who would have responsibility for dealing with it, i.e. who is/are named as executor(s) in the Will. Sometimes a Will includes information about the sort of funeral that the deceased wished for.
If there is no Will then the administrator and beneficiaries of the estate are determined by intestacy laws. There are plenty of websites that will provide the relevant information such as https://www.gov.uk/applying-for-probate/who-can-apply.
NB if there are sufficient funds in the deceased's bank account it is usually possible to arrange for the bank to pay the undertaker's bill for the funeral.
(NB This process applies to England and Wales only)
Probate describes the legal and financial processes which gives an individual/several individuals the right to deal with the property, money and possessions of a person who has died.
If the person left a Will a 'Grant of Probate' may be required. If there is no Will then 'Letters of Administration' may need to be obtained.
The need for probate depends on the assets of the person who has died and the requirements of any financial institutions holding their funds. For example:
Once the initial steps have been taken (e.g. register the death and arrange the funeral) you can start to think about how to deal with the estate. This is when you determine whether a grant of probate or letters of administration are required by assessing the components of the estate and speaking to the relevant institutions. Assuming a grant or letters are required then the executor(s) or adminstrator would need to do the following:
Ingleby Hills can carry out the process on behalf of the executor(s) or adminstrator. Please get in touch for further information and/or a no obligation quote by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01636 894053.