Good morning, thank you for responding to my question. I was not involved in any funeral arrangements and do not know of any Letters of Administration. I understand that his ex-partner has claimed some form of bereavement benefit to pay for the funeral. Police said that she was classed as next of kin because my half-brother was only 4 years old. The question was not asked about any older children. I was unaware of all these arrangements as I was not contacted until 3 days before the funeral.
I have not asked his ex-partner about the ashes but she told my aunty that she would wait until their son was of an age when he would be able to remember and then she would spread them 'somewhere nice'. She has taken full responsibility for all of my father's possessions as well as organising the funeral.
There are 3 children in total, they are myself (27), my younger brother (24) and our half-brother (4). Our half-brother is the child that my father had with his estranged partner.