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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is bereavement?

Bereavement is a state of loss when someone close to you has died and everyone experiences this in different ways.


Call us on 0800 0246 121, if you need advice or support surrounding your bereavement.



What do I do if someone dies?

The first steps after someone dies can be overwhelming but NBS are here for you every step of the way.


Take a look at our guide pages on the practical steps to take or simply give us a call on 0800 0246 121.



What is probate and how long does it take?

Probate is the process of proving the will is valid and organising the estate of the recently deceased.


This can take from a few months up to a year, however the typical time taken is around 6 to 9 months.

More complicated cases can take years.



Do I need a solicitor?

It is not necessary to have a solicitor, however if the estate is complicated it may be helpful to gain legal advice. We can advice you on where to get this advice and the next steps.



What is a coroner?

The coroner is an independent judicial office holder, appointed by a local council. Coroners usually have a legal background but will also be familiar with medical terminology.



What other help is available to me?

Useful links to extra help surrounding bereavement:



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