29th March 2019
When someone you love passes away there is a lot to sort out on top of the grief and distress that you are experiencing.
If it is the first time you are responsible for looking after the administration and organisation surrounding someone’s death then it can be daunting. One important part of your role is to make sure the property of your lost one is taken care of.
If the deceased owned a property, either with or without a mortgage you will need to;
If the property will still have a surviving spouse living at the address, you/they will need to notify the mortgage company and the insurance company. It is also worthwhile ensuring that all utilities are in the remaining spouse’s name so that they are able to control the accounts as and when needed. Some may ask for a copy of the death certificate and it is best to notify of the death so that records can be updated. It can be stressful for a widow / widower to receive calls and post in the name of their lost one. There are also discounted rates available for council tax when a property has single occupancy.
Rented Property / Housing Association
If the deceased rented their property you will need to notify the landlord, lettings agent or housing association of their death. If you are not sure of this information, contact your local Council Offices who should be able to help.
Losing a loved one is always a difficult time, often exacerbated by the sudden responsibility of having to sort out the administration and legal affairs.
For further advice on the initial steps you need to take or to speak to a member of our team about probate, wills and estate administration please call our compassionate team on 01256 844888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice. The law may have changed since this article was published. Readers should not act on the basis of the information included and should take appropriate professional advice upon their own particular circumstances.
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