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I think that Mum had x1 State Pension and x2 Occupational Pensions from when she was in the Civil Service. But I am not sure what she had apart from said Pensions.
I thought I dealt with this on another thread where I said:
Are you disputingthat there is enough money to bury your mother or not?
Is the questionjust about the will?
Whoever arrangesthe funeral is responsible for the funeral payment. If there is not enoughmoney left by your mother (in a will or not) then the local authority will payfor the funeral but you need to get them to agree to pay for it first. Speak tothe local authority or the funeral director in this respect. If you do not havethe money, or your sister does not have the money, you cannot be compelled topay although I appreciate that you may wish to do so.
There is nocentral register of Wills although there have been many attempts to get onetogether. It is therefore a case contacting all the solicitors in the area tosee if any of the holder will for your late mother. There is absolutely no easyway of doing that and we get many such requests and indeed, send many out.
Can I answer any specific concerns? Thanks
Am sorry-mislaid your earlier response re. Funeral costs. I have had my elder Sister on the fone many times - wondering if I know anything about Mum's Will/affairs - which I do not!. Can I direct my Sister to any area where she can make herself busy - rather than bothering me? Thank You David
No problem. Thank you for the response, it did make mesmile. I can appreciate you want to keep her busy.
She is always at liberty to put a question on here.
If neither you nor your sister have enough money to pay forthe funeral then, as I said, the local authority will pay for it but they mustgive prior agreement.
Your sister therefore could make busy by making arrangementswith the local authority and the funeral director because it is going to needsome liaison.
The benefits agency and pensions department or need writingto with regard to overpayment or underpayment of benefits and pension. TheCouncil tax department at the Council need writing to because there may be arefund. The utilities need dealing with.
I assume that the death is registered and all the abovepeople will need a death certificate.
The local authority (in the house is rented) need speakingto with regard to terminating the tenancy.
The house needs emptying and the contents disposing of(usually you will have to pay for this unless there is anything valuable).
There is plenty for her to be doing.
You can always cut and paste this answer (suitably edited)into a word program and print it off for her.
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