Bereavement is hard enough in normal times, but when you can’t walk into a bank and speak to someone in person, and customer services are stretched, it can be even tougher. Yvonne Robertson, whose aunt Coral Skingsley, 79, died in February after a fall, waited more than 12 weeks for a grant of probate from the government. In England and Wales probate is the legal and financial process of dealing with the money, property and possessions of someone who has died. Before an executor named in a will can claim, transfer, sell or distribute any assets, they need a grant of probate. A next of kin who is not named in a will needs a letter of administration that gives them the same authority.
Source: The Times June 05, 2020 23:03 UTC