With the Certificate for Burial or Cremation your funeral director can start to make detailed arrangements for the funeral itself, although most will always be happy to discuss your wishes informally before this is available.
If there is a will, it’s a good idea to contact the executor so they can start the process of obtaining probate and to see if the person who has died has left any instructions for their funeral. We can help you in finding a reputable probate specialist if you need support in this area.
It’s also worth checking to see if there is a pre-paid funeral plan in place. As well as indicating the wishes of the person who has died, it should cover most of the costs involved.
Wills & Probate
Dealing with the financial matters of someone who has died is difficult, but essential.
If they have made a will appointing one or more executors, they can apply for a ‘Grant of Probate’ by contacting the local Probate Registry Office. If you are one of the named executors this will make it easier for you. This ‘Grant’ is a legal document, which confirms you have the authority to deal with the assets of the person who has died, such as property, money and possessions. The grant can be used to show that you have the right to access funds, sort out finances, and collect and share out the person’s assets, as set out in the will.
If there is no will, a close relative can apply to the Probate Registry to deal with the estate. In this case, they apply for a ‘Grant of Letters of Administration’. If the Grant is given, they are known as ‘Administrators’ of the estate.
Like the Grant of Probate, the Grant of Letters of Administration is a legal document which confirms the Administrator’s authority to deal with the person’s assets.
Every situation will be different and unique to the individual who has died. To help you choose a legal provider who offers a fair and fixed price, with no hidden extras and a dedicated Case Manager who should ensure that the estate work is handled quickly, your Funeral Director should be able to recommend a specialist with the relevant experience.
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