At Glaisyers we understand that there can seem like an overwhelming number of things to organise after someone dies. You will have to register the death and organise the funeral quite quickly, but in the days and weeks afterwards there will still be some practical issues to deal with.
Our sympathetic Probate experts will help you to work out what you need to do, but this page contains some practical tips to show you that sorting out someone’s affairs doesn’t need to be a daunting task. We can help you at any step of the way and our Probate team can discuss each stage with you.
The first few days
- Register the death at the Registry Office. Get extra copies of the death certificate as you will need them later on.
- Speak to the Funeral Director about any special requirements
- Notify the banks, insurance companies, pension schemes and utilities companies
The first few weeks
- The home, bank accounts, insurance policies, shares, investments and personal possessions will need to be valued.
- Inheritance Tax will need to be paid
- Apply for the Grant – the Probate Registry will issue this to the executors named in the will or the administrators entitled to inherit if there isn’t a will. It could be a few months after the person died before you reach this stage.
The next few months
Once you have the Grant of Probate it feels like you are really making progress. The bank accounts can finally be closed and assets can be paid or transferred to the people entitled to inherit.
When you reach this stage it really feels like the end is in sight, even if part of the estate is going to be held on a long running trust for a spouse, children or other people.
Our Probate solicitors will get to know you and answer any questions you have so that we can take the stress out of dealing with each stage.