How long does it take the survivor to receive the widow pension?

J_forest Posts: 51 Forumite
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My friend's husband retired 6 years ago and they moved to another country. Yesterday he died after a fall.

They don't have children together but he had two adult children from his previous marriage. My friend doesn't know whether he had a will but he used to say he would leave everything to the survivor. 

My friend has informed the local embassy about the death so presumably the state pension will stop straight away. Will she be entitled some of his state pension?

He also had British Coal pension and NHS pension but she doesn't know his credentials as all three pension used to go to their joint account monthly. Should she contact these pension providers to report the death or ask a solicitor to handle it? Which will be quicker?

Does anyone know the answers? 

Thank you



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