Sadly, at some point in our lives we will lose someone who means a lot to us and you may be left to deal with the affairs after that person’s passing. As family and friends come to terms with the loss, here at Valentine Duggins we are often asked this question – ‘’what do I do from here?’’

Everyone’s circumstances are different, with this being said, there are a few aspects to consider. To start with, it is important to register the death within five days of their passing (in England and Wales). The hospital, hospice or the individual’s doctor’s surgery, will be able to assist with how to move forward with this aspect. The government website also has a useful guide https://www.gov.uk/register-a-death

Organising a funeral can be a difficult time for everyone involved but there is help that is available with regards to the financing of a funeral. As well as financial support, there is assistance with the cancellation of government documents that we all hold such as passports, driving licenses and benefits, utility supplies to cancel, bank accounts to close to name just a few. The government has a service called ‘tell us once’ which allows the cancellation of all official documents in one go https://www.gov.uk/after-a-death/organisations-you-need-to-contact-and-tell-us-once

The next question that comes to mind is about the individual’s assets, where do they go? Who has control over them? Firstly you need to identify if the individual who has passed has a will in place. If so, this will make the life of those affected by the loss a lot easier as the person will have clearly identified what they want to happen with their assets and any money they have left.

If no will has been made the estate can still be administered, however it will be distributed in accordance to very strict rules as to who is entitled to what. This could involve locating certain relatives that may have not had much contact with the family, it is for that reason why having a will is extremely important. You can check our blog post on ‘10 reasons why you should make a will’ to gain a more in depth concept of the importance of a will https://valentineduggins.co.uk/10-reasons-why-you-should-make-a-will/