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If your ex husband left a Will, it is up to whoever he has appointed as Executor to deal with all the paperwork concerning his Estate as well as arranging his funeral.
If he did not leave a Will, then unless he and his partner were in a civil partnership, his next of kin would be your Son, who is therefore legally entitled to deal with his Estate.
I hope this assists you, but please let me know if you require any further clarification.
On the basis that your ex husband did not leave a Will, it is legally up to your Son to do all the running about and if the partner is awkward, she could refuse to hand over any paperwork to you. You can always ask her, but she could refuse.
If your ex husband left over £5,000, your son will need to apply for Letters of Administration which is a document to be obtained from a local Probate Registry, confirming that he has the power to deal with his Father's Estate. This document is then produced to the Banks etc before they will close any account etc. If your Son does not wish this responsibility, he could appoint you as his Attorney. Once, and only once the Probate Registry has granted Letters of Administration to you as his Attorney, would you be entitled to legally deal with the paperwork.
You may wish to speak to a local Wills/Probate Solicitor in this regard.
I hope this assists.
Unless it is a joint account, she certainly can't touch his Bank account-if she does, she would be guilty of theft.
She can, however apply fo rthe death certificate and arrange the funeral provided your Son is happy for her to do this.
Yes- your Son can deal with the death certificate (although any person can apply for the certificate).
Legally, only he is entitled to deal with the funeral.