Funeral arrangements are usually made in the first few days following the death, so try and find the will straight away.
The person may have included details about the type of funeral they wanted in their will. You don’t have to follow their wishes but you’ll be able to find out if they’ve made any provisions to pay for it, if they had a pre-paid funeral plan, and if they wanted to be cremated or buried.
It may be with a solicitor or a family member might know where it’s kept.
What to do if there is no will
If there is no will, it’s called ‘dying intestate’ and means that the deceased’s estate is likely to take longer to be wound up.
If there is anything complex in the deceased’s financial, business or family affairs, it’s a best to take advice from a solicitor experienced in probate law. You can find a solicitor at The Law Society. The next of kin can also apply for a ‘grant of representation’ which gives them the legal right to access things like the person’s bank account and deal with the deceased’s estate (probate).