During the early stages of sorting ‘practical’ matters one important document that you need to try and find is your loved ones will. This may contain funeral wishes of the loved one that has died, as well as many other important details. If you are unable to find this you may need to contact your loved ones solicitor, as they may have a copy filed away.
One of the other things that is of importance that you’ll need to carry out is informing people of your loved ones passing. Along with friends and family you will also need to advise companies and organisations.
Not all of the following will apply to everyone to contact, but here are a few that may help you to begin with.
• Social Services
• Finances – Bank/Building Society, Credit/Store cards
• Inland Revenue
• Family Doctor
• Utility Suppliers
• Local Authority
• UK Identity & Passport Service
• Car Insurance
• Royal Mail
• Insurance Policies – Life, Home
• TV Licence
• Memberships – clubs, societies etc
When it comes to sorting your loved ones finances we would strongly advise that you make sure you seek the correct advice. Free legal advice can be found at The Citizens Advice Bureau. Your local department of Social Security will also be able to help and assist you with certain matters. You may feel it would be beneficial for you to contact a solicitor.