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When a Person has Died

When a Person has Died

Probate during Coronavirus Pandemic.

We continue to provide an expert wills service. This is not affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

If a relative or friend has died we can guide you through every step of the process of dealing with their estate, from assisting with the funeral arrangements and payment, through to distributing their belongings and money.

A lot of people are concerned that they can’t get legal help during the coronavirus pandemic but our probate service is running as usual using video calls, phone and email to help you, instead of face to face meetings.

The Coronavirus Act 2020 has made temporary changes to the law which will affect the registration of deaths and some funeral arrangements. Please contact us for information about how this may affect you.

Our Probate experts can guide you through the process of valuing the estate and making the application to Court for probate, including dealing with the inheritance tax return.

We want to work with you to avoid any additional distress in dealing with your loved one’s estate, despite the restrictions caused by Covid-19.

At Glaisyers we understand that there can seem like an overwhelming number of things to organise after someone dies. You will have to register the death and organise the funeral quite quickly, but in the days and weeks afterwards there will still be some practical issues to deal with.

Our sympathetic Probate experts will help you to work out what you need to do, but this page contains some practical tips to show you that sorting out someone’s affairs doesn’t need to be a daunting task. We can help you at any step of the way and our Probate team can discuss each stage with you.

The first few days

  • Register the death at the Registry Office. Get extra copies of the death certificate as you will need them later on.
  • Speak to the Funeral Director about any special requirements
  • Notify the banks, insurance companies, pension schemes and utilities companies


The first few weeks

  • The home, bank accounts, insurance policies, shares, investments and personal possessions will need to be valued.
  • Inheritance Tax will need to be paid
  • Apply for the Grant – the Probate Registry will issue this to the executors named in the will or the administrators entitled to inherit if there isn’t a will. It could be a few months after the person died before you reach this stage.


The next few months

Once you have the Grant of Probate it feels like you are really making progress. The bank accounts can finally be closed and assets can be paid or transferred to the people entitled to inherit.

When you reach this stage it really feels like the end is in sight, even if part of the estate is going to be held on a long running trust for a spouse, children or other people.

For more information on our services and pricing, please visit the Prices and Services Information page of our website where you will find a guide on how we can assist in probate matters.

Call our Probate team on 0161 832 4666 or complete the online enquiry form and one of our team will get in touch for a no obligation chat. Our Probate solicitors will get to know you and answer any questions you have so that we can take the stress out of dealing with each stage.

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