FAQs Categorized: Personal
Can I get a “quickie” divorce?
A quickie divorce is simply a divorce that is not defended by the other party. There is one ground for divorce and that is the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. This is established by proving one of five facts. As long as you can establish that fact, you have grounds to issue a petition. If… Read more »
What documents do I need to look for before the funeral?
It desirable to find the following documents before the funeral but the funeral can go ahead even if you do not find them: The most recent will of the person who has died, or a copy of it. Any note saying what kind of funeral the person wanted. Papers relating to life insurance or pension… Read more »
What documents do I need to find before registering the death?
The following papers contain information needed for registering the death: Birth certificate. Marriage or civil partnership certificate. Death certificate of former wife, husband or civil partner. State pension or allowance book. Passport. Even if you cannot find these papers, you can register the death if you have all the necessary information. A comprehensive article on… Read more »
What documents do I need to find after someone has died?
If the person who has died was living alone in a private home, someone should go to the home on the day of the death to look for papers relating to insurance of the person’s home and its contents, preferably the home and contents policy itself. (See the section on insurance.) If you believe that… Read more »
How do I pay for the deceased’s bills?
Bank accounts and other assets in the sole name of the person who has died are usually “frozen” from the death until the personal representatives obtain a grant of probate or letters of administration. If the person who has died paid household bills, then the other members of the household may be worried about how… Read more »
What happens is I have a joint account with someone who has died?
If a person is a joint owner of a bank or building society account with the person who has died, then from the time of the death the joint holder automatically owns the money in the account. The account is not “frozen” after the death and they do not need a grant of probate or… Read more »