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What to Do with a Will When Someone Dies

When someone passes away, you will want to consider whether they have a written will outlining their wishes after passing.

What is a will?

A will (also known as a testament), is a legal document which outlines a person’s wishes after they die. This mainly relates to their estate, property and finances, but can also outline details of what they would like to happen to their body after passing, including what kind of funeral the wish to have. 

Who manages the expectations outlined in a will?

There will be an executor named in the will which appoints this person to be in charge of the division of the estate and finances when the person has passed. The executor will need to apply for a grant of probate.

What is probate? 

A grant of probate confirms that this is the person who has the authority to manage the estate. It is a legal document which ensures that the correct individual is making the decisions for the deceased regarding their property and financial assets. 

There are some instances where the executor does not need to apply for probate. For example, when the deceased has only cash and personal possessions that require organising. 

Inheritance tax

Inheritance tax is something you will need to consider if there is an estate left in the will. Any outstanding tax will need to be paid within 6 months of the passing. Therefore, this is something to consider initially as some of the deceased’s assets may be needed to cover the outstanding tax. 

Fulfilling their wishes

When all the taxes have been paid, it is the responsibility of the executor to distribute the remaining estate to the beneficiaries involved. If there are any wishes relating to the funeral such as what type of service the deceased would like to have, or what to do with the body or ashes after the funeral, we can help with this. Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your options and the different services that we offer. Whatever your requirements are, we can help and arrange it for you.

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I don’t have a great deal of experience in these matters, but compared to the other funeral directors I had to deal with, Greenwoods are the tops and you personally were a pleasure to deal with, you hit absolutely the right note.”

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Carole Day and Family

“I cannot believe that a month has passed since we first met, the day after Brian died. Within a short time of our encounter, I know that an occasion I had always dreaded would be transformed into a positive, memorable occasion – and so it was!

Your warm and practical attitude, as well as highly professional advice, immediately instils confidence. Every detail of the proceedings is meticulously explained and I felt completely relaxed. Thank you Jess for making everything work so well. You are a remarkable lady with a definite vocation and I wish you all the very best for the future. I felt I found a real, new friend, just when I needed it most.”

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“Lynn, Bruce and I thank you so much for the wonderful understanding and help you have given us over the past days.It has been a difficult time but made so much easier by your guidance. With your kindness, we feel we managed to say our goodbyes to ‘Roger’, ‘Dad’ and ‘Grandy’ – showing our love and thanks to him for looking after us so perfectly over the years.”

Pat Clark

“I just wanted to drop you a line to say a massive thank you for everything you have done over the last two weeks. When I walked into Alan Greenwood’s on the 5th November I didn’t know where or how I was going to organise my lovely Mum’s funeral and the thought of it horrified me, you made a daunting job so much easier and were there to guide me all the way until the day of the funeral.”

I can’t thank you enough for your kind words, thoughts and help during this very difficult time. Losing someone as precious as mum is very hard but you helped so much. Thank you for everything you have done for mum, myself and my family.”

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“Just a wee note to say a huge thank you for your amazing support, care and friendship when helping us to arrange my dad’s funeral. Although it was such a difficult time for us as a family, you ensured that we were so well looked after & that everything went perfectly. Our tears often turned to laughter in your company & that’s because you helped us remember the good times.

Thank you for everything from the bottom of our hearts. We would also like to thank the whole team involved in helping before, during and after my dad’s funeral. You truly are amazing, showing such dignity, compassion, care and professionalism. Thank you.”

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