How to Access the Bank Account of a Deceased Person

How to Access the Bank Account of a Deceased Person

The loss of a loved one creates a situation in which we find ourselves scrambling to organise numerous affairs while under extreme emotional duress. Accessing the deceased’s bank account is a complicated but necessary affair. Covering funeral costs can be difficult, therefore it’s necessary to quickly access the deceased’s bank accounts.

Before we begin it is important to remember that cases will vary from individual to individual; therefore it may be necessary for you to contact the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Accessing the bank account of the deceased typically proceeds in three to five steps:

Discovering whether the deceased left […] Read more

What Happens if a Person Dies Without a Will?

What Happens if a Person Dies Without a Will?

Death often takes us by surprise. It is an unfortunate affair, and can leave us reeling through stages of bereavement. Often, due to an accidental death, or an inability to come to terms with a medical condition, our loved ones will pass without leaving a will. 59% of UK adults don’t have a will! This is called intestacy: the state in which a deceased’s estate is left without an executor. Often, this can make an already emotionally charged situation even more chaotic, as grieving family members scramble for their inheritance. In England and Wales, Intestacy is governed by a set of […] Read more

Bereavement Leave 101: Why, When and How

Bereavement Leave 101: Why, When and How

Coping with the death of a loved one is an exceedingly difficult process and can effect a person’s work life. The increased stress and unhappiness can easily influence your performance at your place of employment. When dealing with grief you may find it necessary to apply for bereavement leave. Bereavement leave will provide you with the time you need to get your emotions and affairs in order.

Recently suffered a loss? Read about The 5 Stages of Bereavement

Why take bereavement leave?

We all know someone who works through a crisis. Be it because of a demanding boss or simply because […] Read more

Coping With Grief: Taking Care of Yourself in Difficult Times

Coping With Grief: Taking Care of Yourself in Difficult Times

Coping with grief is one of the most difficult and prolonged experiences we endure as human beings. When we suffer a passing, a divorce, or even a bad break up, we are tossed in a turmoil of emotions. We as humans often handle grief in five distinct phases; denial, anger, bargaining, depression and finally acceptance (Kubler- Ross, 1972). And while these phases are normal, their emotional toll often differs from person to person. For example, studies have long suggested that the death of a loved one increases the rate of psychological disorders amongst surviving individuals (Parkes, 1980). While dealing […] Read more

The 5 Stages of Bereavement

The 5 Stages of Bereavement

Losing a loved one is a deeply personal and trying occurrence. When you or your friends are dealing with a death, relating to and understanding pain can seem like an insurmountable task. While each person handles the stress of a loss differently, psychologists have identified the stages to bereavement shared by humans. While little can console the loss of a loved one, understanding the stages of bereavement reminds you that what you are going through is a natural, if unfortunate, part of our shared human experience.

The stages of grief, also referred to as the Kubler-Ross model (Kubler-Ross, 1969) were first […] Read more

An Effective Guide To Handling Your Inheritance

An Effective Guide To Handling Your Inheritance

Receiving an inheritance can make your life considerably more comfortable and allows your loved ones to look after you after their passing. Handling your inheritance properly will allow you to make the most of your family member’s final gift. This guide will provide you with the basics to handling your inheritance.

Approach your inheritance with the right mentality

Becoming a heir is like winning a tragic lottery. Heirs and Heiresses often find themselves with a large unexpected sum of money and can often be misled by the amount. According to Forbes, people typically spend inheritance more carefully than lottery winnings, as there […] Read more

Applying for a Grant of Representation: Probate Tips and Advice

Applying for a Grant of Representation: Probate Tips and Advice

You may have heard of the term probate, but unless you have had to deal with the estate of a late relative or loved one, you may not be overly familiar with the process or why it is necessary.

Applying for a grant of representation can be notoriously difficult, not least because you will already be dealing with emotions involved with the loss of a loved one. There will most likely be a great deal of paperwork involved in the process, some of which may be difficult to understand. In light of this, it is vital that you follow the guidelines […] Read more