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    • Ali71
    • By Ali71 7th Feb 18, 11:15 AM
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    Sudden death no will-what now?
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    • 7th Feb 18, 11:15 AM
    Sudden death no will-what now? 7th Feb 18 at 11:15 AM

    Sadly, we found out last night via the police that my partner's brother had passed away suddenly ,although he had been ill for some time. He had not made a will, a bit of an in family joke, as he always said "you'll have to sort it out when I'm gone - ha ha". Partner asked him to make one, but he did not. Partner is the only sibling of the deceased. No other relatives. So according to the rules, he will inherit the house and any monies, which are likely to be small. House is very run down. The estate will be well below the IHT level.

    Partner is in shock at the moment, but he is trying to be practical. Please, are the only forms we need to do the PA1 for probate and IHT form? Even though there will be nothing to pay?

    Should this be fairly straightforward? Partner has said he will just get solicitor to do everything but I'm thinking it could be less costly to get basic paperwork together, i.e bank statements, utility bills, all the Tell Us Once bits, and then hand it over to the solicitor.

    It's early days and we are still reeling a bit, but trying to work out what to do and in what order.

    Obviously at the moment priority is getting the death certificate sorted out (hopefully) with the coroner's office. And then the funeral.

    Thank you.
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    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 13th Feb 18, 10:16 PM
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    Owain Moneysaver
    the "family home". It is an absolute hovel. Literally I am in shock at how someone could live like that. I think it will have to be an auction job.
    Originally posted by Ali71
    Take heart, once it's been emptied (including the carpets) and the kitchen and bathroom (however dated they may be) given a good scrubbing, it will probably look much more marketable.

    Remember the unoccupied house will need to be insured in the name of the Estate.
    A kind word lasts a minute, a skelped erse is sair for a day.
    • YoungBlueEyes
    • By YoungBlueEyes 13th Feb 18, 11:33 PM
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    You haven't mentioned about the tax forms again, but in case you need it here is the number for HMRC (probate and inheritance dept) 0300 123 1072
    I've found them to be really helpful and kind, just flat out tell them everything and they'll keep you straight.
    • Ali71
    • By Ali71 14th Feb 18, 1:55 PM
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    Thank you so much everyone. I will certainly ring them once we get the death certificate. Maybe even before! Sounds gruesome but apparently there is a "back log" at the coroners.........could be a bit of a delay. Doesn't bear thinking about. Thanks.
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 18th Feb 18, 2:09 AM
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    Going back to the house, I'd strongly recommend a good house clearance and cleaning service. They will make a HUGE difference. You'll have to do a bit of work first, to make sure you identify anything which matters, but after that get out and leave it to the professionals.
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