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Do I need a Solicitor for probate?

Following a bereavement, there are a number of tasks that need to be completed, which can make an already difficult time even more stressful. The Executor (if there is a Will) or Administrator (if there is no Will) is responsible for administering the deceased’s estate as per the wishes in their Will. They should consider: Whether probate is needed What’s involved in the probate process Whether a probate Solicitor is required In this blog, we aim to answer these queries and alleviate confusion around the probate application process.
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What should I do when someone dies?

When a loved one passes away, the initial steps can be overwhelming. There are a number of tasks that need to be completed and it is often difficult to work out what should be done first. This can make an already tough time even more stressful; this blog aims to simplify the first steps to be taken following a bereavement.
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What happens to property when someone dies?

One question that we frequently get asked is “What happens to a property when someone dies?”. Following a bereavement, there are a number of tasks that need to be considered and ensuring that a property is dealt with correctly is one of the many responsibilities involved in estate administration. Coming to terms with the death of a loved one is a difficult and emotional process; therefore, it’s important to understand what to do with the deceased’s property to avoid any further stress and anxiety.
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What to do when someone dies and how COVID-19 has changed processes

on 27-May-2021 10:32:13 By | Kings Court Trust | Bereavement Death Executors
When a loved one passes away, there are a number of tasks that need to be considered and it can often be a daunting process knowing where to start. The introduction of The Coronavirus Act 2020 that came into force throughout the United Kingdom in March last year (where most provisions will remain in force for two years with regular reviews by Parliament) has simplified the process of death certification for medical professionals. However, other tasks within the process have experienced delays and ongoing restrictions which have contributed to making a difficult time even more stressful. This blog aims to set out the different stages that need to be considered when a loved one passes away and will explore how COVID-19 has impacted processes.
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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 08-Jul-2013 09:00:00 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 04-Jul-2013 09:00:00 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

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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