It can be daunting to take on the task of dealing with the estate of a person who has died, especially if you have been named as the Executor in their Will.
However, the process is actually not too tricky, especially if their affairs are in relatively good order and not too complicated.
Who to inform about the death
In addition to the deceased’s family, friends, work and colleagues, there are a number of organisations you need to inform immediately:
- the tax office
- return the deceased person’s driving licence to the DVLA
- return their passport to the UK Passport Agency
- send any Lasting Power of Attorney or Enduring Power of Attorney they had back to the Office of the Public Guardian, along with a death certificate, if you were their attorney
You may need to contact other organisations as well to request that they close or change the details of their accounts, such as:
- pension scheme provider
- insurance company
- bank and building society
- mortgage provider, housing association or council housing office
- social services
- utility companies
- GP, dentist, optician and anyone else providing medical care
- any charities, organisations or magazine subscriptions the deceased person made regular payments to
The Tell Us Once service
You can usually use the Tell Us Once service to report a death to most government organisations in one go. You will need the Tell Us Once reference number given to you by the registrar when you registered the death.
The Bereavement Register
You could also register the name and address of the deceased person with the Bereavement Register, which tries to put a stop to post being sent to people who have died.
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