After Someone Dies

Are you an executor and don't know where to start? Have you been left without any clear instructions about the person who has died? Has the person died without a will? Are you busy and need help with all you face? Are you bereft and in a fog of grief? 

We will all experience people dying at some point in our lives and the task of closing down their life after they’ve died.  This can be an overwhelming and lonely task for the people who are left behind at a time when they are also coping with emotional loss and grief. Nothing is simple after death when assets are frozen often leaving loved ones without access to any money often for many months, up to a year and often even longer.

The majority of people have no idea of what needs to be done or the months of work involved after someone dies. Often surrounded by papers and having no idea where to start, the list is seemingly endless. You may have to

 

  • register the death;

  • search for a will;

  • arrange the funeral;

  • contacting all the people that need to know;

  • speak to their employment and maybe even handle questions from colleagues;

  • run their business (if they have a business);

  • close down a business;

  • complete any life insurance claims;

  • sort out their pension benefits, including their state pension;

  • trace all the assets and debts;

  • pay all the utility bills until probate has been received;

  • prepare the inheritance tax account, and arrange for payment of any due;

  • make an application for probate;

  • close email accounts and any digital life;

  • collecting in all the assets, possibly selling property (that can take months);

  • arrange for all the debts to be paid;

  • handle family arguments;

  • look after pets;

  • prepare the estate accounts;

  • distribute the estate (in accordance with the wishes laid out in a will) or in accordance with the rules of intestacy if the person died without leaving a valid will.
     

This is just a few examples of the tasks involved. All of which is done at a time of grief when you often can't think straight making everything so much harder and at a time when you may have no access to funds to pay all the bills etc. whilst you wait for the estate to be distributed. 

All the clients I have worked with had no idea that sorting out an estate and an executor's role could take months. In the case of this gentleman, he had the added complication of trying to deal with all of this in lockdown when he couldn't even visit his Uncle's house some 180 miles away. 

"A big ‘THANK YOU’ to Liz and Emotional Rescue for the support offered through the process of sorting out my uncle’s affairs and estate. I literally couldn’t have done it without you.  You guided, advised and supported me at every stage; you sorted and completed forms and chased up responses from banks and government agencies when necessary. You also helped me with the sale of the house, arranging valuations, appointing estate agents and conveyancing lawyers and guiding me through all that they required. This is not something I’ve ever had to do before, and I hope I won’t have to again, but I can certainly commend Emotional Rescue as a ‘one-stop’ shop for support when the inevitable is diagnosed and in the weeks and months that follow. Thank you Liz." - Revd. Tony


How would it feel to know there is someone on your side, who has personally experienced and dealt with the essential tasks?
I can help you navigate the endless administrative, financial and legal consequences you face including the English intestacy and probate system and provide this in an environment of empathy and emotional care. My support is based on an hourly rate for smaller tasks or a full day rate including the option for me to come to your home and provide a hands on service where needed. I will be happy to discuss your needs and requirements with you in our initial call. 

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Someone On Your Side

I can help you navigate the endless administrative, financial and legal consequences you face including the English intestacy and probate system and provide this in an environment of empathy and emotional care. I will be happy to discuss your needs and requirements with you in our initial call.