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The cause of death is on the death certificate and is therefore a matter of public record so you are entitled to know what t4h cause of death is. As regards ***** ***** you are entitled to know whether there is a Will that left any legacy to you. Beyond that you are not entitled to any further information.
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You can ask, yes, but it is not a right. If you think there is doubt you would need to go to the court.
If there is no mention of your brother on the birth certificate then a DNA test would usually be the way to establish paternity. As your brother is death a relative would give a sample to establish sufficient DNA connection to establish paternity or otherwise. As regards ***** ***** it would only become available “publicly” if Confirmation was granted at the court in which case a copy could be applied for. conformation would be sought by the executor if there was heritable property included in the estate and/or a reasonable amount of money or other moveable property.
Yes it would.
The executor applies to the local sheriff court and again you could apply to the court for a copy of that in due course. It can take a number of months for this to be completed and lodged by the executor depending on the complexity of the person's estate.
For an unmarried person the threshold is £325,000. If a house is left to a child another allowance of up to £175,000 is available being what is called the Residential Nil Rate Band. IHT is paid within 6 months. In some cases instalments can be applied for. If there is no will a child inherits. If there is no child the estate is divided 50:50 between parents on the one hand and siblings on the other.