The death of a loved one can be overwhelming – getting clear, professional advice at this time can prove invaluable to help you deal with the responsibilities associated with administering an estate.
The specialist executry solicitors at Miller Samuel Hill Brown can provide clear and sensitive advice on making arrangements after someone close to you has died. We can guide on matters including:
The death must be registered within eight days – while you can begin making plans for the funeral immediately, the funeral cannot take place until a Certification of the Registration of Death has been issued. It is advisable to register the death as soon as possible.
Only certain people can register the death. These people are:
The death should be registered with the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. You should make an appointment with the Registrar's Office either for the district where the death took place or the district of the deceased's home address. You will need to take with you:
As soon as someone dies investigations should be undertaken to establish if they left a Will. As well as detailing how their money, property and possessions should be shared, the Will may include details about funeral plans so locating a Will as soon as possible is very important.
If you are not clear whether the person left a Will, you should speak to their solicitor and bank as it may have been placed with one of these for safe keeping. You may also want to check with other relatives or go through the deceased's personal papers.
The Will may also identify who should act as a guardian for any children or vulnerable relatives and one or more people as executors of their estate.
The executor is the person who acts as the deceased’s representative – they have several important responsibilities when it comes to the estate. These responsibilities include:
Our specialist executry lawyers can guide you through every step carefully and professionally if you have lost someone close to you. We have been trusted by generations of families to provide accurate, reliable legal advice whatever their requirements and circumstances.
Based in Glasgow City Centre, Miller Samuel Hill Brown’s executry solicitors also help clients in Glasgow's West End, South Side, Paisley and across Renfrewshire, Lanarkshire and Central Scotland. Let us help you. Please contact our specialist on 0141 221 1919 or fill in our online contact form.