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chrisb1357 wrote: »
I have a question regarding utilities and British Gas.
I managed to log into my dads Britith Gas account and its in debt by around £150 total for gas/elec. Does mum have to pay what's outstanding or can she start her new account if I contact them
chrisb1357 wrote: »
Just some updates.Death In Service payment to my mum should be paid in the next few weeks so the housing and council tax benefit below will be informed once we have this. We did state on the forms to the council we are expecting this at somepoint. Also ESA will be informed.thats good, take some pressure off.Housing Benefit & Council Tax Benefit form completed and ID ready to take with Mum on Wed. Landlord is going to bring a letter round to state how much my mum pays and that she is taking on the house. We have back dated to the day after my dad passed away.dont forget 2 months of bank statements as well.Rent is due in few weeks but until we get the above benefit and its back dated mum is unable to pay. Landlord is ok for us to miss this payment and to pay once we have the claim sorted above.bless his heart he seems one of the nice ones8Water company has also been informed and are sending a new bill out and have transfer the account into Mums names and payments and direct debit to stay as they are.dont forget to ask if mum is entitled to a discount off the bill,Gas & Elec is with British Gas who I contacted there specialist team today. They said a bill in my dads name has just been sent out for the amount that is owed which is around £160 and to wait for this bill in the next few days and ring back.
They said we need to decided if mum wants to take on the debt of £160 on my dads account or mum would like to start at £0 on her account and then the debt issued in a bill to my dads estate. To be honest I am not sure which option to take as at the minute mum does not have much funds.Personally I would start at £0 and ask for the bill to come out of the estate, TV Lice have been informed and waiting a responseThere go one of 2 ways - refund the rest of the year and then you start a fresh or allow the bill to be carried on as normal.Dads Mobile has been stopped and last payment refundedGoodHealth Cover found some paperwork in my dads folders regarding a health cover he had while working. I have informed them of the death and they said we are able to claim for the time he was in hospital upto a max of 20 days which is about the time he was in hospital for. I will complete the forms and this may get paid to dads estate not my mumThats good, check whether your mum was included on the policy, know with dads, mum and I were on the policy, so we had it transfered to the her name.ESA was contacted today as mum wanted to see if they needed to know about the death of my dad. They said as long as the DWP was contacted about the death then nothing else should be needed as ESA was just in my mums name. Do we need to contact the DWP or will the TellUsOnce service do this.
Finst wrote: »
Just on the refund of contributions for your dad's pension, check with the scheme whether it should go to the estate.
Normally, a pension scheme death benefit can be paid to whichever beneficiary the trustees of the scheme choose to, instead of to the estate. If it would be better, you may be able to request the contributions be paid directly to your mum
chrisb1357 wrote: »
Had a letter from HMRC today that is titled Estate of My Dads Namestandard title, there not aware of who is handing the estate, so general title an be forwarded to the right person
It says they need details of the person responsible for finalising my dads affairs and the person can be known as the executor, administrator or personal representative. Also they are suggesting we nominate a solicitor or legal company to deal with it.At the mo your the person dealing with the estate, so I would just explain tht you are joe bloggs - son of Mr Bloggs.
As for solicitor its generally a one letter for all, whether its a small estate like your dads or a million pound mansion
Not sure what to do with the formTake 5 mons for yourself, a deep breATH and attack the form... its a general one for all form
Also should we now be thinking about contacting a local solicitor to help with the affairs as someone as recommended one very local to us that helped her out in the same situation for a good price and will take a lot of the stress of my hands as I am working full time at the minute.
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