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What to Do When Someone Dies: Do I Need a Probate Solicitor?

Following a bereavement, there are a number of tasks that need to be considered and completed which can make an already difficult time even more stressful. The things you might need to consider is whether you need probate, what’s involved in the probate process and if you need a probate solicitor. In this blog post, we aim to answer these queries and take away the confusion that surrounds this topic.
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Why is the cost of death rising?

Past research has shown that the cost of death is soaring, with funerals becoming more expensive than ever before.  
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Dying Matters: You Only Die Once

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Dying Matters Coalition, set up by the National Council for Palliative Care to break society’s taboo about talking about dying and to encourage more people to make their end of life wishes known.
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What Can Be Done to Stop Mail Addressed to a Person Who Has Died?

on Jul 8, 2013 9:00:00 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Estate Administration Bereavement Blog
Did you know that on average a deceased person will continue to receive 80 items of direct mail during the year following their death?
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Children to Receive Lessons on How to Cope With Grief

on Jul 4, 2013 9:00:00 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Bereavement Blog Grief
Grief is a natural condition that most people will eventually experience at some stage of their lives when losing someone or something they love, but it can be quite difficult to know how to help children cope with the loss, especially when parents are trying to work through their own bereavement.  The organisation Child Bereavement UK is launching a nationwide campaign encouraging teachers to give children lessons on how to overcome grief when the worst happens with a parent or a sibling.
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Your First Steps Following a Death

on Mar 27, 2013 9:00:00 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Bereavement Blog Death Certificate Funeral
When someone close to you dies, it can be difficult working out what to do and in what order, especially if it's the first time you've had to deal with a death.
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Government Contemplates IHT Changes for Non-UK-Domiciled Spouses

on Jan 25, 2013 9:00:00 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Bereavement Blog Inheritance Tax
The UK Government plans to tweak Inheritance Tax (IHT)-related laws to ensure UK-domiciled and non UK-domiciled spouses and civil partners are treated in a similar way for IHT purposes.
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Social Security Agency Rolls Out One-Call Service for Bereaved

on Oct 3, 2012 9:00:00 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Bereavement Blog
The Social Security Agency has launched a new "one-call" bereavement service to help surviving relatives check if they are entitled to benefits, including help to cover funeral expenses, the BBC reported recently.
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Registering a Death

on Sep 4, 2012 9:00:00 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Bereavement Blog
The first task following the death of a loved one is usually to register their death. This is because, in England and Wales, you have up to five days to register the death.  It is the start of the process and needs to be done before you can begin making any funeral arrangements.
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