Apologies, I had not seen this when I wrote my last message.
We did not have children together, Sam treated and was treated by my five children as his step children,
This is a very small amount of money in the scheme of things. I have no idea how much money is involved, Samuel had good pensions but I would imagine that he was paying for his care. Because the bank agreed to pay the deposit wanted by the undertakers and despite having seen the estimate paid and amount of about £200 extra I am assuming that is because that is the total balance left in the account..
From what you have told me it would appear that the bank will be obliged to pass details of the account/s to me fairly soon. I have also been told that the bank should repay the money that she spent on a shopping spree after Sam died, and that I should ask for all the money because it was unusual for money to be drawn in that manner. As far as I know she spent £5000 -£6000 after his death.
My problem is that I have to find the balance of the undertaker's bill withing 28 days. I shall have to see if I can come to an arrangement with them. I live on state pension and disablement allowance and one other pension from the DHS whom I worked for. In the end it doesn't matter if I get paid any extra as a widow because the I will loose any help I receive.
I am trying to edit my message however please forgive errors my sight deteriorates the longer I look at a computer screen. So I will not be on line until tomorrow.
Sincere apologies for misreading the situation and thank you for your answer which is helpful and entirely satisfactory.