Make it easy on yourself
Getting the wording right for official letters about tricky situations is difficult at the best of times. At the worst of times it doesn’t bear thinking of. If only you had a personal assistant. Well we’ve found the next best thing. Continue reading “Make it easy on yourself”
For small, simple estates, don’t assume you have to pay professionals to do everything for you. There is a lot of information now online. The best basic, all-rounders are still the official What to do after a death, guides. As systems are different from place to place, you’ll find Northern Ireland’s one on NIDirect, Scotland’s one on the Scottish Government’s website and the one … Continue reading Estate How-Tos
Done sensibly, complaining helps you tone up your self-esteem while you help companies manage their reputations. Why you should complain more Good companies, like good people, welcome the chance to correct mistakes or make amends You send a powerful message to yourself that says ‘I can do this’. If you are wronged and say nothing, you are telling yourself that you can’t … Continue reading How to complain
For problems with debt, housing, refunds, insurance companies or pensions, somewhere there is a letter template to help you find the right words. The website of the Money Advice Service has a series of letter templates that you can download. These include death notification letters to banks, building societies, mortgage providers and pension providers https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/letter-templates There are a surprising amount of letter templates … Continue reading Templates to help with writing all those official letters
You can call yourself whatever you want to be called!
The legal system and the Department for Work and Pensions have rules on what they call people but outside their paperwork, it’s your choice. Continue reading “If we weren’t married can I call myself widowed?”
Q&A: Where can I get legal advice? Is an expensive solicitor the only option? Solicitors may be your best bet for advice on how to take legal action that will involve courts and judges. However, for advice on your rights and how to defend them, there are quite a few options. Where you’re dealing one-to-one with the kinds of expert listed below, they will usually … Continue reading Where can I get legal advice?
Most news stories about widows and widowers are about us as victims of crime or as charity fundraisers. But every now and then there is a story where one of us has decided that they are going to pick themselves up off the floor and change the law of the land. It’s not for everyone. It’s probably not for most. But people are the … Continue reading How to change the law
A heartbreaking amount of us end up in court. Whether it’s because we were widowed by a crime or have to defend our partner’s wishes and protect their estate, it’s the worst possible time and the reality is nothing like it is on the telly. If you find yourself in a position where taking to the witness stand is the only way you’ll be … Continue reading Support for going to court
We did an article about this in issue 6. The changes come into force today. There’s a good story about the changes here on the BBC website (HT to @JohnBirrell600): http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-32709834 And here’s our article: From Wednesday 13th May, all deaths in Scotland will have to be registered before a burial or cremation can take place. This change is the latest … Continue reading Changes to death registration in Scotland