Practical support after bereavement

People rarely talk about the practical side of dealing with bereavement, even though the work involved can be overwhelming.

When you’re grieving, it can be hard to tackle a mountain of paperwork and new admin challenges like obtaining probate, arranging a memorial service or closing your loved one’s social media accounts.

We want you to feel supported and in control when you’ve lost someone close to you. Whatever practical support you need, we’ll connect you with our network of skilled professionals - including lawyers and financial advisers - who can give you personalised, in-depth help and advice.

Together, we’ll help you straighten things out and get the bereavement services and grief support you need - from writing a eulogy and planning a funeral to sorting out bills and wills.

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Our services

Help planning a funeral or memorial service

Few of us know how to plan a funeral until the moment comes when we lose a close family member or friend. We can give you guidance on every step involved, and support you by providing a range of services, including the following:

  • If you need help with paying for a funeral, our trusted partners can help you secure finance and credit.

  • We’ll help you plan the right funeral for your loved one, from choosing a funeral home and arranging a burial or cremation to finding florists, food, music or a hearse. You’ll be assisted throughout by an Untangle team member or a professional from our network.

  • During Covid-19 we can help arrange a safe funeral or alternative memorial service, including online, live-streamed funerals, for as man guests as you like. 

  • If you prefer a secular or humanist funeral, our experienced funeral celebrants can help you plan and lead the ceremony.

Obtaining probate

Probate usually refers to the legal and financial processes for handling the property, money and belongings (or assets) of someone who has died.

We can help you navigate all aspects of probate, including explaining what it involves in practice, and work out if you need to apply for it at all. We can also support you with the following services:

  • Securing finance through our network of partner organisations, if you need credit to pay inheritance tax

  • Matching you with one of our qualified probate solicitors to help you submit the correct documents to access a Grant of Probate

  • Providing you with the information and documents you need to apply for probate yourself.

Writing a will

A will is a vital document when somebody dies. Outlining your exact wishes for how your property, money and other assets should be dealt with after you die can be a huge help for loved ones who are left behind to sort out your affairs.

If you need advice on writing or changing an existing will, we’ll put you in touch with our specialist solicitors who can advise and guide you through the process.

Closing and moving accounts

Unexpected admin like closing your loved one’s bank accounts, tracking down their cloud-based photo archive or cancelling their council tax or gym membership can unfortunately prove to be a headache.

 

We can provide you with in-depth guidance and direct contact details for notifying a wide range of service providers, including social media platforms and subscription services, as well as tips for closing or taking over your loved one’s accounts with minimum hassle.

We also offer the following services:

  • Step-by-step guidance to help you track down your loved one's accounts, whether hidden away in piles of paperwork or online

  • In more complex cases, we'll work with our partners to locate any missing bits from your relative's estate, including things like credit card accounts, debts and mortgages, bank accounts, investments, bonds, utility accounts, memberships, subscriptions etc.

If you need advice on writing or changing an existing will, we’ll put you in touch with our specialist solicitors who can advise and guide you through the process.

Administering an Estate

Estate administration can be a complex process. If you need support, we’ll work with our solicitor partners to help you administer the estate, including navigating any difficulties such as disputes over finances or inheritance.

We can also help you track down any personal pension pots that might be squirreled away somewhere, and help you consolidate pensions into one single pot too.

Claiming and buying life insurance

The process of claiming life insurance after you’ve lost someone can be daunting, but we can guide you through it or do it on your behalf.

And if you don’t currently have life insurance yourself, we can help you find the right policy for you and your family. It can be a wise investment, especially if you are a sole surviving parent.

Managing debts

If your loved one had debts when they died, you might need financial advice on how to pay them off. You’re not personally responsible for someone’s debts unless you had a joint loan or you were a guarantee for a borrowing agreement. However, their debts will need to be paid out of their estate.

Working alongside our experienced financial coaches, we can help make managing debt after a bereavement as quick and painless as possible.

Selling property

If you’ve inherited or been left with a property that needs to be cleared out, rented or sold, we can handle all the practical arrangements with you, or on your behalf.

Our network of experienced estate agents will guide you sensitively through the process of selling or renting out an inherited property. We can also arrange for your loved one’s home, belongings and furniture to be packed up, and suggest ways of making this into a gentle, celebratory experience instead of a difficult and sad one.

Financial advice and wealth management

If you’ve inherited money and don’t know what to do with it, our trusted financial advisors can help you manage your newfound wealth and invest your money safely to make it grow.

And if you’re suddenly faced with managing household finances for the first time, we know how stressful that can be when you are grieving. To help you get a new handle on things after someone dies, we can give you a crash course in how to budget and manage money, and also how to get solid, trustworthy financial advice.

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