Deaths

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Deaths

When someone dies

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

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.

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