2. Arrange the funeral.
You can do this yourself directly with the crematorium or church but many people prefer to have a funeral director take care of the arrangements.
3. Use the Government “Tell Us Once” service.
This service allows most government departments to be notified from one report and on one form. The registrar will give you a form to complete or you can deal with it online. Click here to access the form
This notification will cover HM Revenue & Customs, DWP for pensions and benefits, public sector pensions, housing benefit, the DVLA and Passport Office.
4. The administration of the estate.
Depending on the size of the estate you may need a Grant of Probate (if there was a Will) or Letters of Administration (if the deceased left no Will).
We can take the burden of this away from you by assisting you with:
Ascertaining details of the assets and liabilities of the estate, obtaining valuations etc
The preparation of the inheritance tax forms (even if no inheritance tax is in fact payable)
The preparation of the oath
The application to the Probate Registry
Once the Grant has been obtained we can continue to the next stage of:
Collecting in the assets and closing accounts
Paying any debts
The preparation of estate accounts and advising the beneficiaries of where they stand
Selling or transferring property to beneficiaries or a surviving spouse, depending on the circumstances.
Alternatively you may feel comfortable taking over once the grant has been obtained.
We can help as much or as little as you like and offer both fixed fee services or hourly rates. Unlike some other firms we will never charge an additional fee as a percentage of the estate.
We strive to deal with the administrations with the utmost care and attention and as efficiently and economically as possible.