Simply hand everything over to a specialist. You will be assigned a Bereavement Adviser, who will deal with the entire matter for you and will be on hand throughout. They will cover everything needed in order to finalise the Estate Administration and to ensure your legal responsibilities are adhered to.
It can be an intimidating prospect for an Executor or Administrator, whether you have had previous experience of dealing with an estate or if it’s your first time. We are on hand to support you or your loved ones.
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Bereavement Guide [ A little help ]
Step by step guide for families, Executors and Administrators
A great tool to help families, executors and administrators discover what to do when someone dies. From the immediate steps to take, for example, registering the death, obtaining a death certificate, arranging a funeral, looking after dependents or securing the property; to distributing the property or possessions of the deceased. The steps are free to use, have a wealth of information and are available now; here on our website, just one click away.
If you are looking for the tools to administer an estate yourself, please take a look at the Executor Toolkit in the next section.
Access the 10 steps free of charge.
Practical Bereavement Toolkit
Practical Bereavement Toolkit [ A little more help ]
Online tool that does everything a Probate solicitor would do
Apply for a grant of probate online and administer an estate yourself with this unique service
In-depth, comprehensive, online ‘Do it Yourself’ service, giving you everything you need to ensure you have dealt with the estate in line with your responsibilities and liability as a personal representative; while being supported throughout by our award-winning team of specialist Bereavement Advisers.
This toolkit can be used whether a Grant of Representation (also known as the Grant of Probate, Administration or Confirmation) is required or not, even if a Will was not left.
With around half of the population looking to deal with the process themselves following a death, it is important to understand what is expected of you when sorting the affairs of someone who has died. Executor Toolkit can help with the following:
Register a death
Arrange a funeral
Secure property, arrange care for dependents and pets
Apply for the Grant of Representation (also known as the Grant of Probate, Administration or Confirmation
Securely produce Government forms within the toolkit
50 pre-populated letter templates for notifying organisations, beneficiaries and other interested parties
Organise the clearance or sale of a property
Arrange bereavement counselling
Estate accounts produced in accordance with the law in England & Wales
Time-saving, as everything is in one place
Trusted links to expert services
Access to the initial steps; helping you with the immediate things to be done when someone has died is completely free of charge. Continue using the Executor Toolkit to administer the estate for a one-off fee of £x (inclusive of VAT)
And what’s more, this can be reimbursed from the estate later on.
It’s important to know before you begin the process, that if you feel you need additional professional support at any time, you can talk to one of my legal friends who will be able to help you. If you want a helping hand throughout the process, you can upgrade to Executor Toolkit Plus.
Not only do we want to support you while dealing with the practical aspects of a bereavement, we want to help with the emotional side of it as well. Most people expect to be very upset or distressed when someone close to them has died. What takes many people by surprise is how strong the emotions can be, how they can change very quickly, and how long they last. You might appear to be your usual self to other people, but on the inside you are struggling to deal with the overwhelming feelings.
Everyone grieves in a way that is unique to them and their relationship with the person who has died. We know that no-one can understand exactly what your loss feels like to you. But we do understand that it’s sometimes easier to talk to someone outside of your friends and family about grief and the impact of bereavement on your life. This is why we offer the GriefChat service.
GriefChat was created by bereavement experts and by clicking on the Start button, you can chat directly to a specially trained Bereavement Counsellor. GriefChat counsellors are experienced in supporting bereaved people and will listen to your story, explore how your grief is affecting you and help you find any additional support you might need. GriefChat is a completely free service and is available Monday-Friday, 9am-9pm or by email out of these hours.
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