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edited 5 November 2012 at 3:44PM in Deaths, Funerals & Probate
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edited 5 November 2012 at 3:44PM in Deaths, Funerals & Probate
Given how often the question arises I thought it would be useful to have a thread which provided useful resources on this subject, maybe it could become a sticky at some point? I'm happy to update this first post with any suggestions of other official/useful resources.


ENGLAND AND WALES:

Official Probate Service: http://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/probate
Why make a Will? http://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/probate/why-make-a-will
Who Survived the Deceased? (Intestacy Flow Chart): http://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/courts/probate/probate-guide.pdf


SCOTLAND:

A brief guide to the Succession (Scotland) Act 1964: Revised 2005 http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2005/12/05115128/51285
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  • edited 3 November 2012 at 6:07PM
    daskadaska Forumite
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    edited 3 November 2012 at 6:07PM
    Property

    Land Registry (England) http://www.landregistry.gov.uk/

    Registers of Scotland http://www.ros.gov.uk/index.html
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    Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants - Michael Pollan
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  • bylromarhabylromarha Forumite
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    Any chance this can become a "useful references" guide rather than just a no will guide?

    Am doing lots of searches and coming across lots of helpful bits, but would make it easier for those who follow to not have to search MSE - the search capacity has never been the best.

    Help with finding lost accounts:
    http://www.mylostaccount.org.uk/index.htm

    Easy access Gov guide to what to do following a death:
    https://www.gov.uk/browse/births-deaths-marriages/death

    Thanks
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  • The www . bereavementadvice . org website is useful in all sorts of ways. Unfortunately as a new user I can't post a link, but it's worth the effort if you remove the spaces!
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    daskadaska Forumite
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    edited 8 April 2013 at 7:01PM
    FUNERAL PAYMENTS

    https://www.gov.uk/funeral-payments/overview

    Eligibility
    To get a Funeral Payment you must be responsible for the funeral and:

    claim in time
    get certain benefits or tax credits
    meet the rules on your relationship with the deceased
    The rules are different, if the person died outside the UK.

    When to claim
    You must apply within 3 months of the funeral. You can make a claim even if you’re waiting for a decision on a qualifying benefits.

    Rules on your relationship with the deceased
    You must be one of the following:

    the partner of the deceased when they died
    a close relative or close friend of the deceased
    the parent of the still-born baby
    the parent of the deceased child, if they were under 16 (or under 20 and not in full-time education)
    If the parent is ‘absent’, you must be responsible for the child and the absent parent must get a qualifying benefit.

    Benefits and tax credits
    You (or your partner) must get one of the following:

    Income Support
    income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
    income-related Employment and Support Allowance
    Pension Credit
    Housing Benefit
    the disability or severe disability element of Working Tax Credit
    one of the extra elements of Child Tax Credit
    How much you get also depends on any other money available, eg from an insurance policy or the deceased’s estate.

    If there’s a close relative of the deceased who isn’t getting one of the qualifying benefits you may not be able to claim Funeral Payment.




    PUBLIC HEALTH FUNERALS (AKA Pauper's funerals)

    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1984/22

    Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

    Part III

    Disposal of Dead Bodies

    46 Burial and cremation.

    (1)It shall be the duty of a local authority to cause to be buried or cremated the body of any person who has died or been found dead in their area, in any case where it appears to the authority that not suitable arrangements for the disposal of the body have been or are being made otherwise than by the authority.
    (2)Any council which is the local authority for the purposes of the M15Local Authority Social Services Act 1970 may cause to be buried or cremated the body of any deceased person who immediately before his death was being provided with accommodation under Part III of the M16National Assistance Act 1948 by, or by arrangement with, the council or was living in a hostel provided by the council under section 29 of that Act.
    (3)An authority shall not cause a body to be cremated under subsection (1) or (2) above where they have reason to believe that cremation would be contrary to the wishes of the deceased.
    (4)Subsections (1) and (2) above do not affect any enactment regulating or authorising the burial, cremation or anatomical examination of the body of a deceased person.
    (5)An authority may recover from the estate of the deceased person or from any person who for the purposes of the M17National Assistance Act 1948 was liable to maintain the deceased person immediately before his death expenses incurred under subsection (1) or subsection (2) above, . . . F39.
    (6)Without prejudice to any other method of recovery, a sum due to an authority under subsection (5) above is recoverable summarily as a civil debt by proceedings brought within three years after the sum becomes due.
    (7)The Secretary of State may cause such inquiries to be held as he may deem necessary or desirable for the purposes of this section.
    (8)The Secretary of State may by order made by statutory instrument direct that this section, in its application to the Isles of Scilly, shall have effect subject to exceptions, adaptations and modifications.
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  • daskadaska Forumite
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    Bereavement Payments

    LINKY to thread
    Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants - Michael Pollan
    48 down, 22 to go
    Low carb, low oxalate Primal + dairy
    From size 24 to 16 and now stuck...
  • AnandPDAnandPD Forumite
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    Thank you all for sharing this information. However, this information does not cover digital assets. It is important to check if deceased has any digital assets or not. Digital assets in todays time have real financial value (Virtual goods, online trading, online only bank accounts, wallets, BitCoins and so on.. ) - It would be nice to create a list of all the online services deceased was using and follow-up with them. Also, there are many services (such as PlannedDeparture.com) which offer solutions around distributing important information of the user after user is passed away - if you know user was using they system, report it to them so that assets can be released to the beneficiaries of users. Hope it helps.
  • kremmenkremmen Forumite
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    Not exactly moneysaving but these lovely people are a great source of help to bereaved parents.

    http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=GS9z3dwMhZs&feature=youtube_gdata_player&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DGS9z3dwMhZs%26feature%3Dyoutube_gdata_player

    Pau
  • belfastgirl23belfastgirl23 Forumite
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    I hope its not inappropriate to post here but there's a really nice article by Emma Freud in today's Guardian that might help people making difficult decisions after a loved one dies. Not strictly moneysaving but could help both with ideas and with thinking about the best way to spend limited funds.

    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/jan/04/emma-freud-guide-how-to-do-funeral

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