Arranging a funeral can be daunting at a time when you’re feeling vulnerable.
It may be that you’ve overlooked possible sources of funding to help towards the costs, and that may include money from the estate of the person who has died.
Did you know?
- The first priority for any money left by the deceased person is to help pay towards the costs of his/her funeral.
- You don’t need to wait for probate or the will (if there is one) to be read.
- In order to release money from a bank account, you can take a copy of the death certificate and a copy of the funeral bill to the bank. Many banks will release the money directly to the funeral director (if you are using one).
- Is there an insurance policy?
- Is there a work related pension?
- Is there any money in any of the deceased person's bank accounts?
- Potential support from job related organisations?
Charles took responsibility for arranging his cousin's funeral but was not eligible for any state benefits.
However, when sorting through paperwork, details of two insurance policies were found. A Down to Earth advisor contacted the insurance provider and helped Charles complete the necessary paperwork. On New Year’s Eve he received a cheque from the insurance company with sufficient funds to pay for the service he wanted.