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Managing someone's death
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When someone dies

It can be very hard to deal with what needs to be done after a death. There are so many tasks that need your attention at what is a very difficult and emotional time. Informing family members, registering the death, and arranging the funeral are immediate priorities, but dealing with financial affairs is necessary too.

A person’s estate – everything they own at the time of their death – is distributed to people and organisations named in their will. If they die without a will, their money and possessions will be dealt with under the legal rules of intestacy. Either scenario can be a source of confusion and stress.

Which? Legal can help

Our team of specialist legal advisers can offer you expert help in what can be the most difficult of legal situations. They will support you with clear advice on how to deal with a person’s estate, explain your responsibilities as an executor or administrator, and take you through the probate and administration process.

Please note that all advice in this section relates to England and Wales only.

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Meet your experts
Ben Rosser Ben joined Which? Legal in 2015 as a wills and probate specialist. Ben trained and qualified in private practice and now advises on a range of legal issues, including estate administration. See profile
Paul Handford With over 20 years of varied legal experience, Paul now specialises in private client work, which includes drawing up wills, deeds of trust, lasting powers of attorney. See profile
Sarah Henley Sarah trained and worked in private practice in Bristol before joining Which? Legal as a qualified solicitor in January 2018. Sarah provides advice to members on Wills and Powers of Attorney. See profile