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‘Tell Us Once’ – But What About Everyone Else?

When someone we care about passes away, dealing with their affairs can feel overwhelming. In the UK, a service called “Tell Us Once” lets you inform certain government agencies about the death in one go.

While this service is convenient, if relied upon, it does pose risks and complications for executors and potentially lure them into a false sense of security.

The “Tell Us Once” service notifies government bodies about the death, such as:

  •  The Local Council
  •  Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
  •  Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)

However, its scope is limited. For instance, “Tell Us Once” does not deal with:

  • The closure of bank accounts and the liquidation of assets.
  • Notifying private entities such as mortgage providers and insurance/finance companies.
  • The valuation and distribution of personal possessions and estate property.

Executors, often your spouse, partner, or children relying on “Tell Us Once” could face legal and financial risks. Neglecting aspects of estate administration could result in additional legal expenses, disputes, stress and worry. In addition, if the estate is not managed correctly, executors may face personal liability for any resulting problems. 

Our Support Membership

At April King, we provide our clients with an optional support service designed to mitigate these risks. This bespoke service offers support by giving executors with immediate access to tailored legal advice when they need it most.

Benefits of our membership include:

  • Dedicated freephone helpline
  • Members enjoy a 10% discount on future Will changes or Power of Attorney services.
  • Up to two hours of personalised legal advice for each client/estate
  • Stay informed with members-only updates

You can visit our membership page here for details about our Family Support Membership.

Avoiding Probate Missteps

The reality that follows a bereavement is often a daunting journey through Probate and legal responsibilities that few anticipate. The process may involve intricate dealings with the Probate Registry, HMRC, property titles, and potential trusts that can become overwhelming for the unprepared.

Head of Client Services, Paul King TEP, shares advice for executors…

“The most important thing for an executor to do is to take professional advice as early as possible after a bereavement, whether that’s April King or another law firm. Our legal team has seen a definite spike in enquiries where the deceased may have died months or even years ago. A trigger happens—whether trying to sell a house or a third party trying to make a claim. At that point, the executor’s actions can be scrutinised, and we are often called to pick up the pieces. Prevention is better than cure. Executors need to understand what they are doing for that particular estate. Every estate is different, and there isn’t a one-size-fits-all guide.”

We suggest that all executors consult an expert to help them understand their duties and obligations, even if the estate may seem simple. If you are in this situation right now, please get in touch with our empathetic and knowledgeable team below.

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