How to Get a Death Certificate
Of all the paperwork you’re handed after a death, certified copies of the death certificate may well be the most useful – or at least, the most used. They can help you arrange the funeral, notify ...
How to Access or Close a Bank Account After a Death
How to Make a Will for Free
Contemplating your own death is grim work, but sometimes it has to be done – particularly if you have a family to take care of. Making a will is the only way to make absolutely sure that your assets will go ...
What are Death Duties?
Death duties – or inheritance tax, as it’s now known – have been a cause of curiosity and ...
What is the Inheritance Tax Threshold?
In 2017, there was a change in the law governing the UK inheritance tax threshold. Starting in the tax year 2018-2019, there will be an added tax-free allowance for homes being passed on to certain family ...
How to Get a Certificate of Confirmation in Scotland
After someone dies, the person who is responsible for settling their estate will often need to apply for the right to deal with it. The process is called “confirmation” in Scotland, named for the ...
What is a Letter of Administration?
When someone dies without a will, the task of sorting out what happens to their money, property and assets will usually fall to a close family member. This person is then known as the administrator of the ...
What is a Beneficiary of a Will?
Whether you’re writing your own will or
What is the Cost of Making a Will?
There’s no denying the peace of mind a will can bring - but when money is a concern, the cost of making a will can seem like a huge roadblock. Luckily, there are plenty of options to suit different budgets ...
What Happens After Probate is Granted?
What happens when probate has been granted, and how long can you expect to wait before the estate is distributed? Our guide is here to help. Need a hand?
What Does Next of Kin Mean?
What does “next of kin” mean, and who is yours, legally speaking? Let’s take a look.   What does next of kin mean? The term “next of kin” has traditionally been used to ...
Everything You Need to Know About Applying for Probate
After someone dies, their debts and taxes need to be paid, their bank accounts closed, and the estate will need to be transferred to their heirs. Applying for a grant of probate – a legal document proving ...
How to Find a Will
How do you find a will after someone has died? Our simple guide is here to help. Find out where to look (and how to look) here. Questions? Call our wills and probate team today on
What are the Duties of an Executor of a Will?
Need a hand with being the executor of a will? Call our expert estate administration team today at 0800 054 9896 for help and ...
Managing Inheritance Tax: Gifts & Exemptions Explained
Inheritance tax (or IHT) is due on any single person’s estate worth £325,000 or more, at a ...
What is Inheritance Tax?
What is the current inheritance tax rate, and do you have to pay it? Part of our ongoing series on probate, this inheritance tax guide will tell you everything you've ever wanted to know about IHT. To find ...
How Much Does Probate Cost? Probate Fees Explained
Confused about the cost of probate? Part of our estate administration series, this guide to probate fees (both official and from solicitors) will break all the expenses down for you. Questions? Call us on ...
How Long Does Probate Take?
How long is probate, usually? Our simple guide to probate timings will explain everything. Questions? Call 0800 054 9896 to ...
When is Probate Required?
When do you need a grant of probate, and when can you administer the estate without it? Do you need probate if you have a will? Find out whether you need probate here – or call us on 
Doctors’ Fees, Cremation Forms & Certificates
Doctor’s fees only apply in the case of cremation. If the deceased is to be buried, there are usually no additional documents to obtain or fees to pay. This is due to the stricter guidelines and more rigorous medical checks involved in clearing a ...
What is Probate, and How Does it Work?
What does ‘probate’ mean, and what is the process like? Here you’ll find everything about probate explained simply. Questions? Give us a ring on 0800 054 9896 to speak ...
What is a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death?
The medical certificate of death, officially known as the Medical Certificate Cause of Death, records the circumstances surrounding the death of an individual. Primarily, it details the cause of death but also often includes other information, such ...
What Is a Coroner and What Do They Do?
Coroners are judicial officers, either solicitors or barristers, and/or qualified medical practitioners with at least five years’ experience. They are appointed by the local authority and can only be removed from office by the Lord ...
Registering a Death? Here's What To Do
When someone dies, one of the first practical things to take care of is to register the death. Once you have, you’ll be given the key paperwork you’ll need to arrange the funeral, notify government ...
How to Write a Last Will and Testament
Whether you want to think about it or not, writing a last will and testament is always a good idea as you get older. Although you may be in fine health, the unexpected is always just around the corner and it’s impossible to know what will happen ...
What to Do When Someone Dies Abroad
It’s distressing whenever someone dies, but it can become much more difficult when they die abroad and you don’t know the right people to speak to. Dealing with an unfamiliar system, often in an unfamiliar ...
What to Do When Someone Dies Without a Will
When a person dies, they leave behind an ‘estate’ – all the possessions and assets of a deceased person. Ordinarily, a will decides who will inherit the estate. If someone dies without a valid will and ...
What’s the Difference Between a Graveyard and a Cemetery?
Although the words 'graveyard' and 'cemetery' are often used interchangeably in everyday speech, traditionally speaking, graveyards are run by the church, and may be attached to a church or chapel. Graveyards would therefore usually stipulate that ...
How to Write a Death Notice
A death notice is a paid announcement of a person’s death, published in a local newspaper and on the newspaper’s website. Sent in by family members, death notices often inform readers of the name, age and place of residence of the deceased, and ...
How to Claim Life Insurance After Someone Dies
To claim life insurance after a loved one dies, you need to start by finding the policy document. Then you can look into speaking with the life insurance company. Life insurance often forms a substantial part of the ...
What to Do with Your Loved One’s Possessions
After someone dies, you might be left with hundreds of possessions, acquired over the course of a lifetime. There may be photos, furniture, clothes, jewellery and general household items that all need clearing out. ...
Funeral Trade Associations: The NAFD and SAIF
Most people know very little about the funeral industry and it surprises many to learn that there are no regulations. There are a number of funeral trade associations of which funeral directors can be members. These ...
What to Do with Social Media Accounts After a Loved One Dies
Social media accounts might not be the main priority after a loved one has died, but they can definitely cause some added pain in the weeks and months after the funeral. Something as simple as logging into Facebook and finding a birthday reminder or ...
How to Update Property Records When Someone Dies
Updating property records are an essential part of administering the estate when someone dies, and necessary before the property can be passed down or sold to a third party. It’s also often not obvious how to update ...
How to Tell the DVLA About a Bereavement
After the death of a loved one, it’s important to inform the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) as soon as possible and also to decide what you intend to do with the vehicle and transfer ...