you mention that your grandmother made a Will - the people that she appointed as her executors would be in charge of sorting out her estate.
The other relatives cannot claim back any money that your grandmother gave to your parents when she sold her house during her lifetime, assuming that she acted of her own free will and was mentally capable of making the decision at the time.
if your grandmother had made a power of attorney during her lifetime, this comes to an end on her death
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Although your answer covers most parts of the questions I asked, it doesnt answer the one regarding who would be next of kin assuming there is no power of attorney? Would it be my mum who was my Grandma's full time carer and who my Grandma lived with or would it be her eldest child?
We need to ascertain who is next of kin to my Grandma.
can you confirm why you want to know who would be the next of kin?
Because members of the family have fallen out and no one knows where they stand in relation to who should be next of kin to deal with any accounts/insurance polices etc left by my Grandma.
Each of my Grandma's children seem to think they are next of kin and should deal with her accounts, however I thought only one person would be next of kin - and we are trying to establish who that is so that person can deal with my Grandma's accounts.
Next of kin is not relevant in this situation. The only person who can deal with your late grandmother's financial affairs is her Executor if she made a Will or if she did not leave a Will, then her personal representative ("PR"). Her PR would then be her husband, but if had died before her, then any of her children can assume this role.
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