If there is no Will
The executors, or administrators, if there is no Will, will then be responsible for carrying out the following tasks:-
Registering the death and arranging the funeral.
Updating property insurance.
Contacting utility companies to freeze accounts.
Valuing the estate of the deceased.
Ascertaining all liabilities.
Placing notices for creditors.
Submitting inheritance tax returns and paying any inheritance- tax (if taxable).
Submitting an application to the probate registry to obtain a -Grant of Representation. The Grant of Representation is the piece of paper that will allow the executors or administrators to realise assets.
Collect in assets/sell property.
Pay any liabilities.
Settle any specific legacies or bequests.
Liaise with the HMRC and DWP to ensure that all matters have been settled.
Prepare estate accounts.
Distribute the estate potential beneficiaries. A genealogist may need to be appointed.