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Grief at Christmas

Published on 21 December 2022 | Modified on 20 December 2022

Written by Lana Jones

As the festive season fast approaches and we celebrate the transition into the new year, many families enjoy spending time together with their loved ones. Sadly, Christmas is not a happy time of year for some and can often bring with it feelings of loneliness and grief.

Perhaps a loved one is no longer with you and it may be difficult to navigate the overwhelming emotions, let alone the practicalities of dealing with someone’s estate and affairs when they have passed away.

In a bid to recognise and raise awareness of the reality that many will be alone at Christmas, National Grief Awareness week takes place between 2nd to 8th December and the specific theme this year is to prompt conversations with those vulnerable and to normalise grief. Everyone grieves in different ways and it can be difficult to talk to someone who is grieving, especially if they simply do not want to talk.

Here at Poole Alcock, our dedicated Probate team understand these difficulties and often have these difficult conversations with our clients whilst treating them with upmost compassion and respect. Feelings of grief and sadness are normal and expected following a death and we can discuss with you the steps which will need to be taken following a bereavement. This can be done at your pace and convenience.

Amongst the many steps that need to be taken following a bereavement, it is important to consider whether your loved one had a Will in place or whether they died intestate (without a Will). Depending on whether they had a Will or not, the estate must be assessed as to whether Probate will be required. The answer is not always straightforward and the process can be daunting, especially when grief is the main thing on your mind. Assets must be dealt with carefully, which includes, but is not limited to, bank accounts, investments and properties and any liabilities of the deceased must be settled. If inheritance tax is payable, timescales for the payment of the tax must be adhered to in order to avoid penalties and interest being charged.

Our dedicated Probate team are always on hand to discuss with you your options, whether that be a conversation face to face or remotely. Our solicitors can manage your loved one’s estate on your behalf from beginning to end, ensuring that all relevant parties are notified, obtaining the Grant of Representation if required, collecting in assets and paying liabilities and distributing the estate in accordance with the deceased’s wishes.

If you are unsure where to begin following a bereavement, feel you need some support and guidance, or are simply struggling to navigate your grief, please get in touch with our dedicated Probate team today on 0800 470 0335 to discuss how we can help you.

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