When you're ready, call our Specialist Bereavement Team on 0800 015 0012. We'll help you figure out what to do next regarding accounts, any regular payments and funeral expenses.
We’ll ask you for details about the person that’s died and your relationship to them. If you haven’t found a will, don’t worry, we can still help. If you have any questions, you may want to make a list and we'll do our best to answer them all.
We’ll also need to speak to the executor or next of kin. If that’s you, then you’ll need:
You can use your passport or photo driving licence as proof of identification. If you don’t have one of these, when you call us, we’ll let you know the other types of ID we accept.
During our conversation, we’ll take the time to support you, talk you through each stage and make sure we understand exactly what you need. Then, we’ll go ahead and make any relevant changes. We can do things like close any of their accounts or put joint accounts in the surviving person’s name.
For accounts held with Lloyds Banking Group, we'll automatically notify all of the following so you don't have to:
If accounts were held with other banks and you still need to notify them, you can use the free Death Notification Service.
As we handle your case, if we need any more information, we'll let you know.
1. Who should contact the bank after someone dies?
We need to speak to one of these people:
When you call us, we’ll ask for your ID - we do this to make sure you’re the right person to handle this process.
2. Do I need to go into a branch?
No you don’t. For most people, we can handle the entire process on the phone and you can send us any documents after we speak. Plus, if you have an account with us, we can use your telephone banking details to identify you.
3. How do I pay for the funeral and other urgent expenses?
If the deceased has money in their account, it can be used for:
4. Can I take money out of a joint account?
As the surviving account holder, you can keep using your joint account. If this changes, we'll let you know.
5. What happens to standing orders and direct debits?
This depends on if it’s a joint account or if the account was only in their name. For joint accounts, your regular payments will stay in place. If you want to cancel a Direct Debit, please let us know.
If the account was only in their name, we'll stop all regular payments. Then we'll give you a list of these payments, so you can contact the right companies to either cancel or keep making them.
6. What happens to the mortgage?
How we handle mortgages depends on if it's in joint names or just their name:
If it's in joint names, we'll usually transfer it to the other person named on the account. We might also need to transfer the payments if they were made from just the deceased's account.
If the mortgage was just in their name, we won't take any payments for the first 3 months after you've reported the death. However, interest will still continue to be added to the mortgage, so you may want to arrange payments to prevent arrears.
If you want to keep the property, we can arrange an appointment with a Mortgage Adviser to talk through your options.
7. What happens to an outstanding personal loan?
If the loan was just in the name of the person who died and they had money in other accounts, we’ll talk to you about your options. If the loan was in joint names, the other person named in the loan needs to keep making the monthly payments. If the loan is covered by insurance, we’ll tell you how to make a claim.
8. What happens to credit cards?
Additional cardholders won’t be able to use their card anymore. If the person who died had money to pay off on their credit card, we'll contact you and let you know your options. Usually, we use the banking or saving balances they have with us to pay this off. If their card is covered by credit card repayment insurance, we’ll tell you how to make a claim and what to do with the cards.
When the balance is paid, we close the account.
9. What is probate?
If you're named in someone's will as the executor, you may need to apply for a grant of representation. If there's a will, this is called a grant of probate; if there isn't, it's called letters of administration. It gives you the legal right to deal with their estate and do the things they've asked for in their will. You can apply for a grant of probate from the Probate Registry. They'll send this to you after:
The process of getting the grant and the document you use to manage the estate is called probate. If you need help applying for probate, we can do this for you.
In Scotland, this process is different. It is called Confirmation and is usually handled at the Sheriff Court.
10. Can I tell you online?
If you’re not ready to talk to us yet, you can start the process with our online form. Then when you're ready, we can help you finish the rest.
11. How do I get a death certificate?
When someone dies, you’ll get a medical certificate which shows the cause of death. If you take this to a registrar of births, deaths and marriages, they'll give you a death certificate. You need this when you talk to many companies to prove someone has actually died. Ask for more than one copy of this because you'll have to show it a few times.
Sometimes, the cause of death isn't known. If this is the case, the coroner will give you an interim certificate. It will confirm a death has happened and you can use it instead of a death certificate.
Any property or possession with monetary value.
Anyone that gets something from the Estate.
The total sum of assets left after all debts have been paid.
The person named in a will to carry out the wishes of the person who has died.
The term used when the person has died without a will in place.
Letters of administration
This is a document that lets you deal with the deceased's estate. You'd get this if there isn't an executor.
This is any debt the deceased has. Or any cost an executor has had to pay while handling the estate.
As a group, executors and administrators are called personal representatives.
A trust is when you hold money or property for someone else. Normally, people do this for children until they're old enough to handle their money.
A legal document that says who benefits from the estate and in what way. It also names an executor. This is the person who carries out the wishes in the will. If there is no will, it's called intestate.
Citizens Advice Bureau
For legal help or to get contacts for counseling visit: www.adviceguide.org.uk
Cruse Bereavement Care
For general information, counselling and support.
Death Notification Service
When someone dies, you can tell many companies at the same time. Visit: www.deathnotificationservice.co.uk
For help with what to do after someone dies visit: www.gov.uk/after-a-death
For information on reporting a death, wills, probate or inheritance tax visit: www.gov.uk/browse/births-deaths-marriages/death
HM Inheritance Tax
For help with tax issues.
The Bereavement Register
You can use this to take the deceased’s name and addresses off mailing lists or other databases.
We know there’s a lot to process, so we've created a personal guide with more information on your next steps. We've broken down each step in more detail and given useful answers to other questions you may have. You'll find more on how we can help you, what to do with accounts and anything else you may need to do.