Video: how to administer an estate when a loved one has passed away — key probate, wills and inheritance tax issues explained
The initial steps to dealing with the death of a close friend or family member
The priority is to register the death as you cannot do anything without the death certificate. The death is usually registered by the closest relative.
You should then start making the funeral arrangements and also find out if your relative made a will and who was appointed as executors. The will may sometimes contain directions for the funeral.
There should be a copy of the will at home and the original will usually be held by the solicitor or wills draftsman or by the bank.
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