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My mother has not written a will and she is dying of cancer.

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My mother has not written a will and she is dying of cancer. She has a bank account with a balance of £20k approx. She is a widow and I am her only son.
Could you please let me know what procedure do I have to follow to claim this money.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Aston Lawyer replied 1 year ago.

Hello and thanks for using Just Answer.

My name is ***** ***** am happy to assist you with your enquiry.

As next of kin, when anything happens to your Mother, you will need to apply for Letters of Administration at your local Probate Registry. You can ask a Solicitor to do this for you (likely to charge approx £250 plus VAT) or you can do it yourself, by booking an appointment.

Once you have been granted Letters of Administration, you will then be entitled to close your Mother's bank account(s). Banks will not release funds without sight of the Letters of Administration, which is the evidence that you are her next of kin and entitled to her monies.

I hope this assists you and sets out the legal position.

If so, I would be grateful if you could rate my answer.

Kind Regards

Al

Aston Lawyer, Solicitor
Category: Law
Satisfied Customers: 10349
Experience: Solicitor LLB (Hons) 23 years of experience in Conveyancing and Property Law
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Hi Al.

Thank you for your advice. I forgot to mention that my mother remarried and has a different surname in her bank account that mine.

Will this be a problem to obtain the letter of administration in order to close the account.

Thank you.

Expert:  Aston Lawyer replied 1 year ago.

Hi,

No it won't- if she is a widow, you are her next of kin, so her different surname won't make any difference or cause you a problem in closing the account.

Kind Regards

Al

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Al

How can I find a Probate Register and what information do I have to provide to start procedure.

Regards.

Expert:  Aston Lawyer replied 1 year ago.

Hi,

If you google "Probate Registries" it will give you a list of them.

Whenever anything happens to your Mother, you would just need to phone them- they will send you an application form, and you will then at that stage need to make arrangements to go for a short interview,

Kind Regards

Al

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Hi

Sorry to press on this matter but could you please let me know which documentation should I have ready to start the procedure.

Regards.

Expert:  Aston Lawyer replied 1 year ago.

Hi,

There is no information you can get together at this stage. Each Probate Registry has different requirements, but at your interview, you will need to take your Mother's death certificate and your id.

The application form will ask you to confirm your Mother's details, what assets she had and what debts she had.

Kind Regards

Al

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Hi

Thank you very much for your help.

I think I forgot to include my e mail address, so I would be grateful if you can e mail me the full conversation to:

*****@******.***

Regards.

Expert:  Aston Lawyer replied 1 year ago.

Hi Kevin,

Afraid I am unable to email you our conversation, as all I have is what you see.

Sorry.

Kind Regards

Al

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